If you are new to my blog, My old Blog simply disappeared a while back and I set this up as a replacement. I found one post from 2009 online (yes just one-go figure) so I am posting it here…
What is going on in American politics? It seems to be a childish fight to see who can scare more people into agreeing with their party’s lunatic fringe. President Theodore Roosevelt told us that every movement has its lunatic fringe and the parties are definitely no exception.
The problem is not that these extremes exist, the problem is that these extreme segments of both of the major parties are dominating our politics at every turn. A never-ending assault of scary statements and end of the world “if we support this” or “don’t support that” prophecies and on and on.
I have been wondering, in this era of so much media and information, how this could be so effective and not repulsive to most. Then I realized, that there is a large portion of the country that is elderly and concerned (for example) about health care who tend not to use as much internet etc. and would only have the words of someone they trust to believe as the facts. This gloom and doom, it’s the end of the world greatly impacts that group and any others that may not be as apt or able to do more research beyond what someone they perceive as an expert says. So there are really people who believe our Hanitys and Moores are the gospel (depending on which lunatic extreme is more comfortable to you)
There is so much childishness going on that is becoming stupid. This weird thing where people are being told to just disrupt town hall meetings with random yelling etc. talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. All any smart politician would do in the future is simply record a message, control who is in the crowd, or just not have them at all. Does one party not think if you do it now, they will do the same thing later.
The real trouble is that terribly ill informed people are believing things that are not factual and starting fist fights at political events and ultimately completely dividing the country.
To some this division is desirable, but for those of us who live in California we know there are only two possibilities.
A one party system where the lunatic fringe of that party can easily overtake our politics or a system where both parties get so angry at the other that everyone drifts toward their lunatic fringe and refuses to compromise on anything which in the end means absolutely nothing can ever get done. Everything ends in a stalemate.
The whole idea of our government is that there are different sides that negotiate and agree at some point on any issue that comes up even if that means that sometimes they agree to just put off an issue here and an issue there.
Now, whenever a politician says he or she will make a compromise with the other party that person is a traitor, and is punished in the media, by his or her party, and by voters and constituents who are told this person sold them out. If compromise is punished on either side, how is anything supposed to get done? This is the mindset and techniques used by the extremes of our party system that are gaining more and more control of our country and media.
As far as I am concerned I have a new term for this. Accidental terrorism. This is an inadvertent attempt to destroy or entire political system just to prove a few idealistic points.
The politicians are not the ones who will be punished when this all plays out. The so called experts on television and in our media will not be the ones who suffer. The people who make over $200k or over $250k who are so concerned about paying more taxes are not the ones who are going to suffer. It is the average person who although gullible when it comes to this sort of information, we all just want to live peaceful lives with the opportunity to support our families and better ourselves with hard work.
I attached a link to a clip that I hope you can access. It is not to say that one party is better than the other, it is to show how stupid the whole thing is.
This childish war to have one or the other extreme’s way is really a war against democracy and more specifically the average middle class person.
Everyone knows (for example) that there is a terrible health care problem. One side is fighting any sort of solution saying things should stay the way they are (Einstein – Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting the same results) and the other side is coming up with a plan to insure everyone while secretly using it as a Trojan Horse to sneak in a bunch of stuff such as money for abortions. In the meantime the American people suffer and pick a side to protest with while still losing healthcare by the thousands daily.
Ask yourself, if you were a terrorist who wanted to destroy America would your money be better spent on blowing up some airplane here or there or on some politicians on the lunatic extremes who will invest that money and the money of other Americans to make sure our entire government is in a stalemate.
I know all of us have our deep personal commitments, but there has to be some kind of compromises for our system to work. We have to get the lunatic fringes out of power and elect people with our individual values who know how to compromise and when to so that our government will not get stalemated. Especially since in the last election one party almost gook over completely. NO! Everything will not be perfect and everything will not go your way (no matter which party you prefer). But, the truth is this country will never get everyone to agree on anything and if you are waiting for your party to take over so you can have your way, you are really a part of the problem. An involuntary tool of those who wish to destroy our political system and our government!