A Political Peace


They say you should never discuss politics with friends—at least those you plan on keeping. But the jury has yet to rule on whether or not it’s an appropriate conversation for blog buddies.
Well, this isn’t going to be some biased mumbo-jumbo, just some things I want to get out there and hope everyone will read with an open mind.

Here’s the thing:
I think the biggest problem with politics nowadays is that people are too quick to align themselves with a side, and thus that side’s opinions on a wide sweeping number of topics, rather than think about the issues separately.
Call it laziness or stubbornness, we are all too quick (myself included) to choose one side and condemn the other.
A two-party system is inevitable. It’s our human nature to over-simplify matters by dividing them into black or white, good or bad, with us or against us. We shun middle ground and label those who dwell there as flip floppers or indecisive. Therefore, no politicians who are truly independent even stand a chance of winning majority votes. We want to see extremes because to us those signify passion. But I digress…
Two party system. Democrat and Republican.
We are so quick to apply titles, and indeed to be a part of one of these groups, that we forget to look at the issues. We follow mindlessly because anything less would feel traitorous.
So maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but my point is that we should never forget about that beautiful colored area: grey. The grey area. The in-between. The place where we take a moment to use our grey matter and reflect on each issue individually rather than as part of an all-inclusive package offered exclusively by our party of choice.
So maybe I’ve turned into one of those “why can’t we all just get along” people, or maybe I’m just imploring people to think before they vote. Who knows? Who knows how I even got on this topic? Or what sparked my relentless rant?
I guess the take-away message here is that sometimes it’s okay to stray from the group, as long as you’re doing what you believe in.
I now take you back to your regularly programmed blog.

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2 Comments

  1. I have found that there is one uniting idea found in human history: Liberty. As long as we are talking about things other than liberty, then we get what you have described. A political landscape where everyone argues about what to do with the spoils of legalized plunder. A return to the defense of liberty is a good place to start, at least in my humble opinion. Thanks.

  2. Some countries, arrive at hung parliaments more often. And are then forced to adapt their policies to a broader range of opinions. Often it can be seen as a weak form of government. However, when compared to the President and two house system, where control is split and needed reforms are not pushed through. Has Obama been hamstrung? Or has he just not come through when needed? I don’t know.
    In the UK, where the coalition is forging some kind of progress, widely disputed whether it’s good or bad. Is any party system going to work, and would independent politicians be any better?

    Lots to think about in this.

    Jim

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