Here’s the problem with politics. Everyone is right and everyone is wrong. No one is sensible and everyone makes sense. Republicans are scum and Democrats are scum. Republicans are the only ones who know how to fix a problem and Democrats are the only ones who know how to fix a problem. Here’s the problem with politics. Partisanship.
It’s naive to think that people are not going to lean one way or the other. The really challenge is to find those that already know that and know how to formulate an opinion and a discussion that encourages a meeting of the minds to actually solve the problem. If my wife and I had drastically different views on how to raise our children and never conceded to one another, our children would be damned before they even had a chance. They would go back and forth. Progress and regress. Advance. Decline.
That’s the problem with politics. This has been happening since recorded human history. But politics edits history and changes the time frame to four year bits and pieces. Things that are happening today have already happened. They will happen again. They will always happen. People are narcissistic and want their “individual” history to be the history that is recorded. They don’t want to compromise. Why should they compromise. This is America after all.
Did we compromise when we “discovered” a vast continent that had already been settled? No, we bullied the people that looked and acted different than us. We killed them. They killed themselves. Did we compromise when unpaid workers were beginning to be looked at as humans? No, we killed our brothers and bullied the people that looked and acted different than us. Did we compromise when Irish immigrants came to America in mass? No, we ridiculed them and bullied the people that looked and acted different than us. Did we compromise when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor? No, we illegally detained American citizens and bullied the people that looked and acted different than us. Did we compromise when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat? No, we sprayed them with hoses and bullied the people that looked and acted different than us. Did we compromise when Matthew Shepard was out? No, we tortured him and murdered him and bullied the people that looked and acted different than us.
That’s the problem with politcs. Bits and pieces of history in four year snippets. Four year snippets that edit actuality and the dangerous reality of what America actually is. Two dysfunctional parents, who hate each other, trying to raise their children in separate manners. The weak are weak. The meek are meek. Geeks are geeks and afluent are the only able to speak. Maybe it’s time we consider letting the soft spoken the chance to speak. No politics. Just a small voice asking for cooperation and compromise. But, that’s the problem with politics. A country represented by the people is only listen to the voices that don’t look and act different.
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