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The "Other Guy" by Merwin

Updated on September 1, 2012

Shame On The Machine

“Simply hating the other side is not an Ideology. It’s partisanship. It’s childishness. And it’s useless.” ~ Jack Hunter.

It is not simply "useless"... it is counterproductive. Liberals, Conservatives and Libertarians are not separated by battle lines as The Machine (gov. & media) try to portray it and play it up.

No... we are only separated by the fist pounding rhetoric coming out of The Machine's mouths, and only because we've been conditioned to believe their nonsense.

I have very middle of the road perspective, though I tend to lean ever so slightly toward the conservative and libertarian ideals, but, I also see the value of a sensible social application, when we can afford it, and, we should try to find the means to afford it.

Most of the country, I believe, is not as far away from "the opposing" view. It is the medias, and governance exaggerating the perspectives of the "other" guy to make their side seem ridiculous to whatever side you are on. They do this intentionally, it has the affect of draining us of our monies, time and keeping us all in opposition to one another. And in the long run frustrating us to the point of apathy, we no longer wish to deal with it, which too, is a desired goal of The Machine.

I am here to say, John & Jane Q. Citizen are my family, I need to work with them to bring about the desires of their hearts, because the desires of their hearts are not bent for evil... regardless of how The Machine paints their picture.


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      CoauthorU 5 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA

      2 Old Poolman...

      Always a pleasure when you stop by and leave a comment. There have been over the years many voices that have brought workable plans forward. Some of the plans are not only workable, but viable solutions. These are seldom given credence much less air time.

      And when one man comes forward with legitimate solutions and long term packages for the healing of our economy and a pristine record for fulfilling his promises over the course of 30 years... the spin doctors on both sides of the media isle state unequivocally that he is not electable. And his own party pulls shenanigans to make sure his "un-electability" plays out that way. I believe it is due to two things, corrupt party hierarchy, and the media (both parties).

      2 Chas...

      Good to have you here.

      I, of course disagree with your "aren't separated by battle lines" perspective. The battle I spoke of is using rhetoric in stead of swords, bullets or letting of blood, but it is angry and distrustful, and nearly all of it is exacerbated by the parties and media. I don't know exactly its origins (chicken or the egg syndrome), but I know that government and media have taken ownership of it, turned it into a cash cow and the citizenry is made to suffer from their conditioning.

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      Chasuk 5 years ago

      Liberals, conservatives and libertarians aren't separated by battle lines, but they are separated by an ideological gulf. The government and media are glad for the existence of this gulf -- and they certainly take advantage of it -- but they didn't need to manufacture it; we did that for them.

      This gulf separates us as completely as battle lines ever could.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      Outstanding hub, very well written. Here we are in big trouble, trying to choose a leader to solve problems and restore sanity to our once great nation. The media does their best to make us lose faith in any of the proposed choices we may have at the voting booth. People today are afraid of the future if things don't change, yet the media blitz would convince us that neither of the proposed leaders can possibly get us out of this mess.

      It is becoming increasingly difficult to believe anything we see or hear from the media. Wouldn't it be great if we had a qualified individual the had the full support of both sides of the media? Wouldn't it be great if all the money being spent on negative TV ads could be spent on something positive? Wouldn't it be great if someone could announce a detailed plan on how we were going to cut spending, balance the budget, and begin paying down the national debt? A plan in plain English that most of us could understand?

      But no, here we are going into another four year battle against the economy, unemployment, and other serious issues with the media telling us neither candidate can do the job. This sure doesn't give many of us a warm fuzzy feeling. I would propose a media ban on politics other than announcing election dates and polling places for two months prior to any National election.