Tuesday, November 16, 2004

For Your Consideration

Someone posted this on an American History discussion board:

Of course, Iowa would later swing for Bush. The Republicans talk of a mandate. They take pride in the notion that more Americans voted for Bush in Nov 2004 than any other President in US history. What they're forgetting is that simultaneously more Americans voted AGAINST Bush than any other President in US history. These notions are trival. What is important to remember is the power ideology has in shaping perception.

What is important here?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it really matter which of the 2 parties win a national election? What is the real difference between the R and D parties? As long as these two parties have a lock on ideological power there can be no progression. As Franklin once said a little revolution every now and then is a good thing.

11:29 AM  
Blogger sourmonkey said...

I agree that our two parties aren't really all that different.

What strikes me as odd, though, is how we Americans often believe in our ideologies to the extremes of absolute truth, denying the recognition of opposing viewpoints at the expense of the ontological "big picture".

What makes me sick is the way radical "conservative" pundits demonize "liberals" at the expense of the larger, wholistic perspective. People will inevitably see different things in our world, and only through communication will these differences reach the light of our understanding. Suppressing an opposing viewpoint restricts the better understanding of the big picture. What is that?

Morality is relative. Those who claim to know the absolute truth really only know a portion of it. We humans often oppress, suppress, and kill to protect our "short sighted" ideals.

War isn't necessary to "clean things up". Open minds are required, however, and "the right" seems to extinguish this at every turn.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Open minds are required, however, and "the right" seems to extinguish this at every turn."

I am reminded of the lefts attempts to block Ralph Nadar's run for president. "The left" lacks an open mind as well.

Our founding fathers divided themselves into opposing parties, but G. Washington warned us about those devisions. I believe we are living the results of not heading G. Washington today.

1:16 PM  
Blogger sourmonkey said...

You're right Mr(s)(iss) Anyonymous. "The left" does have it's moments of short sightedness. It rather pissed me off the way the Dems pushed Nader out. However, I too reluctantly assumed the "anyone but Bush" view in the months leading up the the election. I don't totally blame the "left" for giving Nader the finger, though, especially when the American public sits on it's ass waiting to be spoon fed mouthfuls of shallow rhetoric by a bunch of oligarchs who only guard their own interests. We should demand more of our public servants.

Americans get what they deserve.

10:33 PM  

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