Out of Balance

A Shift Too Far?

One of my Facebook friends; probably the closest thing to a true "Independent" you'll find, but with a libertarian bent, asked a simple question--"What has happened to the center?"

It's a good question to ask. Where you have a party rejecting an idea they proposed years ago, and a presidential candidate promising to repeal legislation based on a law that he signed as governor! Where you have state capitol buildings and other places being "occupied" like in the 1960's.

A better question may be "Where's the balance"? What I think has actually happened is that over the last 30 years, America has shifted far to the right. A recent poll shows that America has become more polarized than ever in the last 25 years. This almost coincides with the repeal of the "Fairness Doctrine", the end of the idea that media outlets needed to give both sides equal time. Large, corporate, conglomerates and their advertisers could use voices like Beck and Limbaugh to agitate the masses against "outgroups" and sell them the notion that handing more power to the "%1" was for their own good. Eventually, a whole news channel sprung up to seem to give these ideas justification.

In order to be heard over the "%1" noise, progressives have little choice but to resort to the tactics of the "Occupy" movement. What I still say needs to happen is that the "%99" need to start speaking with one clear voice. Especially since the possibility of the "%99" needing to become some sort of resistance needs to be considered.

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Sooner28 4 years ago

Bush is even considered slightly liberal compared to the way Republicans have been acting lately. The Republican party no longer evaluates positions. They simply gauge whether they agree or disagree based on the emotional reaction a particular statement invokes in their minds. "Gay marriage should be legal" activates a negative reaction of disgust, or self-loathing at the person's own homosexual feelings (which has been documented by psychologists), and then the belief is considered false.

Conservative Christianity teaches the hate of homosexuals, but that belief is also based on the positive emotions one felt when the authority figures told the young child that it was doing something "good." I think we are at a precipice, and only time will tell what happens next.

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Josak 4 years ago from variable

Spot on Crasher, it's getting ridiculous, people like John McCain who retain some level of sanity are being left behind by a party steaming right back to the 17th century, it's the Tea Party which is the problem mainly and they are dragging the rest of the right with them.

SassySue1963 4 years ago

You'll not get any argument from me regarding Beck and Limbaugh. Don't get excited though, because the truth is that MSNBC is far worse the other way than Fox News. Fox News at least makes a half-hearted attempt to appear objective. MSNBC does no such thing. Fox News tries to interject calm and humor. MSNBC spouts venom. So if you are going to condemn one, then you have to condemn the other. There is very little unbiased, objective news sources out there today. One has to hear it all, use their brain, and try to find the truth. Usually, it is somewhere in the middle.

I disagree with your hypothesis that the United States has shifted further right. I actually think the United States, in numbers, has shifted further center. I think the liberal left however, felt emboldened by the 2008 election and has forgotten how to compromise. If you want my honest opinion, and you might not like it, but I think the real problem, at least in Congress, is Pelosi and Reid. Not any other Democrat. They are hard liners who refuse to compromise at all and they browbeat any other Democratic Congressman into going their way. It is what they did with Health Care Reform and cost nearly all those who they convinced to vote for it their jobs.

To say about Republicans about the gay marriage issue, that any Republican who supports gay marriage is automatically doomed, well, one can say the same thing about Democrats and abortion. Any Democrat who comes out against abortion is doomed.

A "movement" with no real agenda, no goals, no focus and no real purpose is not a "movement" at all. Just a mob, interfering in the day-to-day lives of the very people they claim to "represent".

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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

But what of Bohner and McConnell, doing the bidding of the Kochs and ALEC? And of all the jobs bills they have stalled.

As for the news. I rely on NPR and outlets like "The Nation".

And I'll agree that the "Occupy" movement needs to get back to it's agenda, they actually do have one. It's just that a lot of them have forgotten it.

SassySue1963 4 years ago

What of the Soros brothers? Both sides have their PACS and such.

I honestly tried to find some agenda other than discourse and disruption, but could not. I am happy to examine it if you have a link.

I watch both Fox and MSNBC. And I also use NPR and The Nation. Mostly I discount sound bytes as well and look for links to entire speeches given by both sides.

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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

They do. But the power of the "%1" and their allies is far exceeding that of the "%99".

SassySue1963 4 years ago

In other words, you write all these Hubs praising the Occupy Movement but cannot provide a link or discuss their agenda?

I went and found at least a small thing of their own words:

"Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants."

I have some issues with this, mainly it's broad classification of anyone wealthy as "corrupt and greedy". We'll not even go into the Arab Spring thing.

"We the 99%" "the corrupt 1%" I'm sorry, it just begins to smack of a socialist agenda.

As for non-violent, that simply has not proven to be the fact.

Call it what you will, and it could have begun as something good, but right now they are a mob demonizing an entire group of people with false allegations and interfering with the day-to-day work of those they claim they want to help.

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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

How many of my hubs on "Occupy" have you read. At least one has the links to the original principles.

And what else will you describe the likes of Bain Capital, JP Morgan, Massey Energy, etc as?

SassySue1963 4 years ago

How is Bain Capitol corrupt? Please give examples. Outsourcing jobs to save the company, because the company going under would cost ALL the jobs does not mean corrupt. So please cite examples of corruption. I would have to delve more into JP Morgan and Massey Energy before making a judgement along those lines.

I read the ones that came up initially, including this one. I will take a closer look for those links but find it odd you don't just include one or two in your comments to me here.

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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Sue: If you read "The Nation" like you say, you'd know.

Sooner28 4 years ago

I'd love to run a company that makes money whether it succeeds or fails! Where does Romney stand on real competition :p?

SassySue1963 4 years ago

Sorry it took me so long to get back here, real life and all that. I can only assume you are referring to GS Tech and the talk about those companies that did not survive.

Is every investment successful? Does everything you try turn out right? Of course not. That does not equal corrupt.

I read The Nation in the interest of fairness but it is pretty much a left leaning vehicle.

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