reply to post by rockoperawriter
A few months ago I created a thread which stated that I was removing myself from all ideological labels and paradigms. I had reached a point of
fatigue and also had come to the realization that aligning myself with any label tended to predispose others towards me - regardless of message.
For awhile it seemed to work out. I felt that I was able to get across my positions without having to wade into the mud and sludge so often infecting
political threads. To me this was a rational approach. My only "beef" with the right, really, is in the realm of social compassion and caring for the
disenfranchised. Something I have always felt is a universal concern. I mean, heck, even the staunchest social Darwinist is, in reality, only one
major illness away from bankruptcy, unemployment, and destitution. We all are. Well, at least those of us who aren't billionaires.
As the election approached, however, I found myself sucked back into the fray. There was such extremism, from both sides, that it deeply offended my
sense of decency. Threads about Obama supporters threatening murder and riot if Romney won. Threats of Romney supporters deliberately sabotaging the
nation, through massive layoffs, if Obama were to win.
So many lines in the sand... and I found myself needing
to clarify which side of those lines I morally stood on.
My pain, here, comes from such a simple concept. Love of country and a desire to find the balance that best benefits all involved. I LOVE that America
prides itself as the land of opportunity - a place where a geek kid, in his parents garage, can start a Microsoft or an Apple. Where a good idea and
the drive to pursue it can make a person successful. But I was also raised in the early seventies and was told that a man who was willing to work
every day, and to truly put his back into his labor, would be rewarded with the simple things in life. A house, a car, some nice things, and enough
money to feed and clothe his family.
It is my perception that in the world today - a Bill Gates would write DOS and would immediately be approached, promised the sky, and then deceived
and robbed blind by some mega corporation. Then the people who were hired by that corporation would be paid just enough to live their entire lives in
fear of ruin - having to cut corners at every turn just to make the over inflated rent on their apartment - long since having decided that kids are
far too expensive an option to entertain.
The right probably agrees with much of what I think. They would tend to blame big government. The left would blame big business for these evils.
What I am screaming is that we're all right - and we're all wrong. Big business IS big government. Both of our ideological bogeyman are one in the
same. These two different entities have become so incestuous and symbiotic that there is no separation of State and Corporation.
Now... how can we burn down the rhetoric, on both sides, until all that is left standing in this forest of lies is those few, tall and ugly, bits of
truth that will empower us all to take our nation back?
edit on 11/19/12 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)