I do not think of ideological liberals as morons or low information voters, just as I do not think of ideological conservatives as redneck racists. It is unfortunate that “low information” or “single issue” voters that attach themselves to either ideology seem to become the stereotype for that ideology –––when most of them can’t even spell ideology. In each case, the single-issue-hangers-on appear to define the ideology in what has become the “partisan media”. The truth is, both ideologies represent legitimate, but disparate, approaches to government and deserve to be respected.
Unfortunately, the “low information” contingent of both ideologies are loud, ignorant and in great abundance. The voices of thinking liberals, who look to the government for more answers and thinking conservatives, who prefer less government interference in our lives, are now being drowned out by the crude, loud, ignorant voices of their single-issue-hangers-on who are shouting down the rational, reasonable, respectful thinkers. This leaves fear, ignorance, chaos and hate to rule the day.
More unfortunately, too many politicians that claim one ideology or the other, do so for the sole purpose of being elected and getting a turn at the “public trough” and the power and perks that go with it. They seem to be merely unprincipled politicians who pander to the low information, single issue crowd, using them to gain personal power. They appear to have no interest in advancing any particular ideology. Thus, legitimate debate on substantive issues has been replaced by demagoguery, shallow sound bites, outrageous accusations and empty promises. When bitterness replaces debate, failure follows.
This nonsense has got to stop if the America we have known is to continue as a bastion of liberty and prosperity. When thinking people calm down and put emotion aside, they will realize that corruption is not a liberal value, just as racism is not a conservative value. A thinking conservative’s disapproval of Mr. Obama has NOTHING to do with his ethnicity, nor does a thinking liberal’s approval of some of Mr. Obama’s policies imply approval of every aspect of his behavior.
Ideological liberals and conservatives must seek common ground and work together to save the America we all love. The single issue crowd must not be allowed to decide the fate of our country.
The solution is unlikely to be found within government itself, as for the most part, government is filled with career political hacks whose primary concern is to hang on to their cushy positions and unbelievable perks. It has to happen at the level of We-The-People. It must start by understanding that the mindless bitterness that has developed over recent years is not warranted and replacing it with respect, even if it is grudging. This comes by recognizing that the single-issue-hangers-on do not represent either ideology and saving ones contempt for the single-issue crowd. In order to successfully accomplish that, one must be able to recognize the difference.
Let’s begin by considering a few values and beliefs classic liberals and classic conservatives are likely to share that are not typical of the single-issue-hangers-on:
- They love freedom and our country and understand our history.
- Their political ideology is drawn from their beliefs, principles, observations and thought.
- They believe in the rule of law and respect our constitution
- They want what is best for our country and our citizens
- They want our country protected from foreign invasion
- They do not want America to be the police state it is rapidly becoming
- They typically do not approve of the handling of Benghazi
- They do not approve of the lies, coverups and corruption that are coming to light.
The same cannot be said for all that claim the labels ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’, nor can we count on all those who are elected or appointed to high office to share in these values and beliefs.
Let’s roll up our sleeves, clean up this mess, get America back on track and insure there will be future elections. Then, we can duke it out in those future elections.
Stereotyping is destructive. Thinkers on both sides will agree that conservatives have no monopoly on patriotism and liberals have no monopoly on compassion.
Until America is safe, perhaps we should begin to think of ourselves simply as #compatriots instead of using other labels that emphasize our differences.
More to follow.