It's been awhile since I've posted something here.
The truth is that although their are a lot of things that engage my mind, comments that I want to make and things that I feel should be discussed...that takes time. Something precious that I no longer seem to have. To be honest with myself, their is little that has engaged me lately.
I shall soldier on.
Earlier today I came across an interesting article on NPR about the political divide in America. If you take a look at this site or my FB page, you might see I lean to the left.
I'm actually okay if you disagree with me. I'm okay if you're not supporting my party or candidate. I'm not going to accuse you of "drinking the kool-aid", being a "moron" or worse. What I might ask you to do is to engage me with facts, tell me how and why you believe what you do. If your argument bears some resemblance to logic than I'll gladly engage you. As long as you don't result to calling me names.
What's "some resemblance to logic" mean? In other words don't tell me you're against gay marriage because you don't want them to butt fuck your dog. I think that's fair enough don't you?
When you engage someone with an open mind and try to understand their point of view, then guess what happens? You meet in the middle and reach some compromise that works best for all. You don't get everything you want....but you don't lose everything either.
After reading that NPR article I posted the following comment: I would argue that the media, all media, is to blame here as well. When you have Facebook that recommends only people that share similar interests and beliefs you're just reinforcing that viewpoint. When you have Fox News and the Daily Kos, your only reporting news from one side. Their is no more engagement, no more lively debate. I know I've engaged with several people on the right without us resulting into name calling...and although we may not of fully convinced each other that "our side is right." We do at least learn something from the other. Sadly it's much easier to call someone a moron and resort to stupid memes and lies, damn lies and statistics.
I should have added that in our 24 hour media environment that the only thing that makes a 30 second sound byte is the outrageous. Thus the reason we see the Donald every 30 seconds on our TV screens. There is simply no deep analysis anymore on the part of the general public. Where people smarter 100 years ago before the invention of the internet and television? Or even the radio? No, not really, but I bet dollars to donuts that they were more fully engaged in the politics of their day. Don't get me started on the consolidation of various newspapers, tv stations and other media companies. The more the information is controlled the less of the story you actually here.
To a certain degree I do hope that both Trump and Sanders run as independents in the end. I support Sanders but lets be honest, a self describe "Democratic Socialist" is going to have issues getting anything through Congress. It's not from lack of trying but anywhere from 30 to 40% of the Republican party leans to the far right in my opinion. I know a few that feel that they are "losing America" but can't define exactly what is being lost.
An independent run by Trump forces the Republican party to "come to the center" where I still believe many Americans are. In my opinion it would also force the Republican party to become more moderate by shedding the Tea Party groups and embracing more minorities. A run by Sanders would hurt the Democratic party more than help it, but if he does get 10 to 30% of the vote, it creates a true third party movement in America. It would also make our politicians review many entrenched positions they currently hold...because at least 1 out of 5 of there constituents voted for something like Universal Health care.
Third parties generally don't do well in the long run in American politics but they do serve a purpose and that "shaking up" of the status quo is never a bad thing. It may also do something that is badly needed in america...actually get us to talk about what is truly wrong with this country....and how to fix it.
Guess what....what is currently that "moronic right wing" plan just may do it. That "libtard" plan might just do it. Let's take the best of the two ideas and see if we can meet in the middle.