Retro is big these days…from fashion to politics. Yes, I said politics. The Civil War is back…emphasis on “civil” but the similarities between the issues that divided our country 150+ years ago are right around the corner.
The first salvo was fired by Reagan and his brand of “you don’t have to be smart to be President” style of leadership. This was followed by a much more vile pattern of behavior by one Karl Rove. The master of dirty politics. The savant of “the ends justify the means”…both men shortsightedly employing short-term solutions for long-term problems.
Demagogues. It doesn’t matter if they lie as long as the electorate buys it…and it’s what you want to hear. Many argue that our current President falls into that category to which I respond…wrong…simply…wrong. That argument is another among many twisted by the Rove/Fox/Hannity spin machine. Truth doesn’t matter anymore. Witness Romney’s debate “win”.
I’m a liberal. I’m unlikely to be persuaded by your right-wing point of view. I’m even less likely to be persuaded by it if you come at me with misinformation, intimidation and name-calling. My opinion clearly is at odds with a portion of this country. 30 years ago that would be called a two-party system. Today, my opinion opens me up to personal attack and charges of disloyalty to my country and plain stupidity.
I don’t troll the websites of Republicans or other people with whom my views diverge. At times however I do have occasion to see their comments and views and it scares the living hell out of me. Perhaps they feel that way about my views, but I don’t feel the need to post my opinions of them on their websites. I’d like to but I don’t. For one thing, it’s a waste of time. I’m not going to change their opinion by posting provocative content. For another thing, it’s disrespectful to the process. A process that not so long ago used to be a great deal more “civil” than it is today. Responsibility for that can be primarily assigned to the Karl Rove’s of the world. You may disagree with that, but, sadly for you…it is one of those pesky, socially verifiable facts that Rove and Fox “News” have ingratiated this culture of hate into our political discourse.
I work a full-time job and am a single parent. I don’t have nearly as much time to fact check and investigate the prescient political issues as I would like and I suspect I am the rule rather than the exception. So most of us gravitate to those individuals and institutions that “feel” right. For me, that’s the Democratic and socially liberal platform…and the godsend that is Jon Stewart. For you, it may be Fox and the conservative platform. Here’s the deal…we probably both don’t have time to independently verify our facts, so to that end, rather than engage in the self-defeating exercise of personal criticism, let’s make reasoned arguments from our heart, and do our best to not let our passion eclipse our humanity or sense of community.
If we don’t follow this path, I am truly afraid that the “civil” war will become another Civil War…