Required Reading

I generally don't make much noise about my political leanings. I don't recall the last time I sent emails to friends or family telling them that their political party is wrong (I do occasionally send things to people who I believe share some of my thoughts). And I'm purposely choosing not to post this on Facebook or via email because I'm not interested in furthering the ugliness that is currently infecting our country's politics. This blog, however, is mine and I can choose to post things on it, at will, without feeling like I'm forcing anyone to pay attention to my opinions. That little red X in the top right is good for lots of things!

If you are a friend or family member who leans towards the right (read Republican party) view of things, you've been warned! And while I sincerely welcome your comments to this post (good or bad), please understand that if you choose to respond by name calling or by being what I consider obnoxious, I reserve the right to DELETE your comment. Again, this is my blog!

If you need my permission, you are now free to go back to watching FauxNews and ignore this post. Ok, now that the riff-raff are gone....

For months now I have grown more and more weary of people in politics who seem to believe that name calling, fact deficient, lying, anti-social, obstructionist behavior is ok in our society. Now, I'm all for civil discourse. And I particularly enjoy making fun of (aka satirizing) your opponents - a historically acceptable form of civil discourse. My favorite "news" show is Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. But, to my mind, much of what's been going on recently, in politics in general and around the Health Care Reform debate in particular, has been beyond the pale. It has had far less to do with content and more to do with "winning" at all costs. If one believes that health care reform will result in substantial, unrecoverable costs to the country I have no problem discussing that issue in a civil manner. However, when large quantities of people start screaming that health care reform in it's current version is a purposeful attempt to move our country to becoming a socialist regime, I take issue. That's just one example. Additionally, I suggest that those of you on Medicare be very careful about complaining about socialized medicine. And finally, to those people who say, "I've got my insurance. If you don't, feel free to go to the county hospital ER or just die!" I think you need to visit the Wizard of Oz to get a new heart.

Yesterday I was surfing some of the political blogs that I watch occasionally and came across this little jewel. In case you haven't clicked over yet, the short version is that it's an open letter to conservatives written by Russell King - an ex-conservative. The letter is a list of things that conservatives need to change in order to come back into the mainstream of American politics. Each item he points out is linked to a blog or online news article that backs up his argument. I was completely taken in by his discourse when I got to this line,

Let me provide some examples -- by no means an exhaustive list -- of where the Right as gotten itself stuck in a swamp of hypocrisy, hyperbole, historical inaccuracy and hatred.
Don't you just LOVE the alliteration? (Carrie - if you're still reading this, Diane helped me with that "englishy" word!)

Anyhow, I just had to memorialize this article in my blog. It sums up all the things that I have had difficulty swallowing lately from the "right." Ok, now it's your turn. If you dare...feel free to comment. Just keep it civil!

And now, I return you to your regular show of gorgeous pictures taken by, ME!

**For those of you who are wondering...the political cartoon presented above was found at this website and was chosen for several reasons: 1) it was drawn by Dr. Seuss - most people don't know how political he was! 2)The subject matter (obscure to even me) was prohibition - a subject that appeals to my personal past/present and 3)The caption made me think of a certain friend of mine whose name I won't mention but her initials are Carrie D. :-0


Jess said...

Well said! Thanks for the conversation last week!

Carrie said...

LOL - I thought of me right away too!! :D

I am with you all the way, dude, but sometimes I feel like the name-calling fear-mongers are winning. What happened to our democracy?

carol.penick said...

I knew from your FB page that you were liberal, now I know we share many views. I am as you know, one of those who openly shares my views on FB. Whenever someone wants to be my friend, I always warn them of my political leanings before they decide. Jon Stewart is also my favorite way to get the news. He is always "spot on" and you actually learn more than from the other "news." Even my favorite liberal news on MSNBC is mostly focused on the conflict instead of any substantial reporting. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your photographs. I don't know how I missed your blog page before. Peace out.