The interweb is abuzz with political chatter on just about everything. Print may be dead, but at least one can still read a book without enduring hundreds of comments exposing stupidity and simple-mindedness.
So much of it isn’t even discussing the issues. Its attacking each other instead. Now that we’re in the Obama years, its a whole lot of so-called conservatives making attacks on their fellow-americans who identify as liberal… except most of the time they didn’t self identify… they just have a different opinion so they must be liberal (because afterall there are only two possible conculsions anyone could make and they neatly fall into opposite extremes).
Well before the conservatives bemoan the liberals again, lets remind you of something.
Those founding fathers you cream your jeans over? Radical Liberals. All of them. Liberals established this nation. Liberals paid in blood to secure the liberties you now enjoy.
No taxation without representation? Radical liberalism in the the late 18th century.
All men created equal? Radical and liberal as well.
Certain inalienable rights? Only those handed down to you by your sovereign… which was the King, not God. Those who believed they had inalienable rights from their creator? Liberals. (And radicals at that.)
A government that governs by the consent of the people? Absolute crazy talk!
Do you see a pattern developing here?
And this was well before our beloved constitution. But then we ratified that and followed it up with the liberal agenda known now as the Bill of Rights.
Liberalism is what changed the face of the world and (arguably) made it a better place.
But what was liberal in 1776 may well be considered conservative in 2010. Just remember who it was that got us here before you start taking jabs at your fellow patriots. Liberals love your country as much as you do.
The infighting needs to stop. By and large we are all in agreement on what the issues are. Its really the strategies to resolve those issues that we have differences of opinion on. It is vitally important for each and every American to remember this… conservative or liberal, we maintain that we are all equals. Equals!!!! This means that your opinion and point of view are no more, and no less, valid than your liberal counterpart’s. When you levy personal attacks on them just for having a different opinion you’re ultimately reducing your own credibility in the argument. So much of the comments I read on news articles and such are just blatant smear. No one is having an adult conversation anymore.
Except the moderates, like me… but we generally keep silent. Our liberal and conservative brethren seem to have completely unhinged themselves from rational thought and we’d just rather not engage people who favor simple-mindedness over critical thought.
Of course you just lament that we moderates are too clueless and out of touch to know anything. Again, such sentiments appear to put you in the category of being of the mind that there are only two possible points of view to be had and they must fall on one extreme or the other. Believe that if you must, but the reality is that the moderates in the nation have a much better handle on the issues than you do. They’re not ignoring valid points simply because they’re coming from a liberal (or a conservative since the liberals tend to dismiss any conservative argument even though they have their share of valid ones too.)
The reality is we’re all in this together and any solutions to our problems needs to work for all Americans. To accomplish this both the left and the right need to move to the center. Its the only way to govern a population of equals fairly.
Critical thought is the only way out of this quagmire. The simple-minded thinking so rampant on the internet is directly in opposition to this grim reality and serves only to bolster the barriers to ‘fixing’ the nation.
As for you liberals… keep in mind that the above does apply to you as well, just in reverse. Today’s conservatives aim to protect the liberal values of yesteryear.. they want to preserve all that wonderful liberal activism that our nation was built upon. You need to give them a break as much as they need to give you one.
Just keep in mind… true and pure conservatism holds society in place. Liberalism is what has historically advanced society forward. Its only with a careful mix of both conservatism and liberalism that we can advance society in a manner that truly benefits the people of that society. Its kind of like the tortoise and the hare. If we are pure liberals, we work like the hare. We make all these leaps and bounds but ultimately fall short of the goal. Mix in some conservatism and you get the slow, but steady pace of the tortoise. We all know who won that race.
Ours is an imperfect nation. The US Constitution aimed to establish a more-perfect union but remember that is a relative. It is more perfect than what came before. Our founding fathers left a lot of work undone in the constitution. Later generations carried on that work and today’s generations are carrying it on as well. Treating each other as adversaries won’t bode well for America or her people. We all love our country and want to see it do right by its people.
So lets start having the adult conversations our elected representatives seem incapable of having. Lets let civility rule us. Lets treat each other with the love and respect a fellow American – nay, a fellow human being – deserves. If you’re really a conservative, try conserving the particular value that all men (and women) are equals and as such you’re not so special that your opinion has greater weight.
So sayeth the Stryse.