Just like the Bible, Quran, et al, our own Constitution is constantly being re-interpreted and skewed by the very people that claim to care about it the most. I watched and participated in the last presidential election. I saw the people, even some conservatives alongside liberals, all stand together and vote. I also saw most of them flip to the other side in a furious backlash 2 years later for the recent election (last week). In my opinion, the problem isn’t democrats or republicans, it’s people. We’re fickle…..radical fundamentalists in particular. It doesn’t help that our political climate and social culture does not lend itself to us moderates…culturally we’re always forced to ‘pick a side’…..which is pure nonsense. We aren’t robots (last time I checked anyway). We should be focusing on the issues and how they affect everyone, not just those that believe what we believe as individuals. If you stripped the issues away from the politics and personal insecurities you’d probably find that most of us are generally on the same page, we just go about it differently.
The cool thing about us moderates is that we can fit in with almost any crowd, have meaningful conversations with both sides of the fence. The other side of this though is that moderates need to put up with more people giving us shit for being who we are because we choose not to exclusively surround ourselves with fundamentalists on a one way street to blind chaos. We moderates are stuck in the middle of the political and social storm that by definition won’t let it resolve itself. We are sandwiched in between the soul-less fascist nightmare and the whiny unorganized emo-hippie. What is a well-intentioned, intelligent, open-minded, non-judgmental, communicative group of people supposed to do in a country whose majority population can’t stop thinking in black and white? It’s bittersweet I tell ya….but it feels good to know that I’m not drinking anyone’s Kool-Aide just because it’s brightly colored and has a little extra sugar in it.
When 9/11 happened and I started to learn about the history behind the west vs. east, I had switched to the left. I was much more on the conservative (and very uninformed) side of the moderate needle for a long time before that. The left doesn’t fit me though either I’ve found because I’m still conservative on some stuff. For the last 9 years I have hung out in many social circles that lean towards every belief and ideology under the sun. Aside from a few unique individuals, I’ve found that no matter where you go, who you vote for, what type of car you drive, what your sexual preference is, the majority of the people are all the same. Defensive and insecure. The moment moderates propose a new idea about something, a new way of thinking, a different path, everyone around them immediately tries to pigeonhole it to the left or the right, airing on the side of delusional self-preservation. They can’t seem to help themselves.
For all those radicals out there, right left up or down, that think they have their shit together by hanging out ONLY with like-minded individuals, I have some information for ya…..
You Are Not a Fascist, Redneck Office-Thief If…
- You think people deserve to earn more money, in some cases lots of money, for their hard work and experience.
- You enjoy the (ethically acquired) fruits of capitalism.
- You appreciate owning and/or using a firearm at a shooting range or for lawful hunting that yields food for you to eat later.
- You have particular religious beliefs.
- You eat meat.
- You have a beard.
You Are Not a Bleeding Heart, Lazy Socialist Freeloader If…
- You care about the environment and believe in alternative ways of pumping energy into our infrastructure.
- You believe we should all try and help others in need when we can.
- You hope for peace and love.
- You question authority.
- You care about animal rights.
- You have a beard.
It behooves humanity for you to think for yourself, to question yourself, and to keep an open mind.