posted on Nov, 28 2004 @ 05:36 PM
, I think I finally got it (your source of frustration). I have re-read this thread a few times and something bothered me with my
understanding of your opening opinion statements. While I disagree with the label of “binary thinking” I agree with the main jest of your
The one point I disagree with is somehow missing. That point is that disagreement does not have to be either rational or considerate. People tend to
quickly develop strong feelings about few things, those few things then become adamantly pursued or defended.
pointed out in a post referring to poor people being lazy, I have seen this all too often on this board and in life. While their song
may sound good to them it is the song of those that marginalize others. This is bias and as denigrating as any epithet, racial or otherwise. Elitism
at its best.
This same marginalization is what has occurred on the Iraq War, American politics and a few other mainly American related issues. Americans like to
marginalize their opposition. On the Iraq War one only needs to read the headlines, no reading between the lines is required.
IF the war were
popular within America combat bonuses (up to $30k) would not be needed and the ready reserve (those oldies that previously served) would not be
called. IF the Iraqi's had desired a regime change (one of the many arguments laid in favor of war) there would not be massive resistance there now.
A list like this could on for a page or two.
The world is being measured by Americans against American perceptions. America has no definitive public purpose at the present so slogans are used in
the interim. Slogans have short life spans and must be replaced or refueled. One need only look at the obvious dichotomy of the American Secretary
of State making claims about voting irregularities (Ukraine).
America has historical precedence against it at the moment. Helping or saving others is what America has felt the best about in the past. The stated
“war against terror” was a rallying cry, and reason for action. Most of the world supported America in Afghanistan- it seemed just. Now, with two
sidelined wars and no end in sight, frustration supports all views. The pro- and anti- camps rant and rave at each other.
For a sitting politician this is a perfect situation. If they can't have everyone support them then have the defenders marginalize the detractors.
This is now happening on all sides of these American-centered issues. This is not conservative and liberal, it is just typically American.
After all- why should people have sensible disagreements? One or neither viewpoint is right and the other is marginalized as a footnote.