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What's Wrong With Being A Moderate?
What's Wrong With Moderation in Politics?
Don’t waste your time.The age of persuasion, as in compromise no longer exists. It seems that our Nation no longer has the rationality nor the ability to agree if that agreement involves compromise. We can thank the narrow minded obstructionists, specifically the Tea Party for that folly. Whatever course they lock themselves into is now our permanent guiding light with no chance of compromise or change. They make their point but lose sight of the big picture.
It seems that once minds are made up about any key issues, the subject is closed and attempts to overcome issues are tossed aside. Once these convictions become ingrained, then are cst in stone, with little chance of compromise, even for the better good of the majority.
Some actually think that these actions are the test of a real man, a person locked into his convictions, like the Tea Party chooses to portray itself. Those who have the ability to reconsider and re-evaulate a position based on new facts or studied efforts to understand are branded flip floppers and men who lack conviction. What you are you must remain. Moderation is the face of cowardice. Pity.
And so it is as we watch our process become increasingly contentious. Congress stays deadlocked with little likelihood of resolution simply because they have locked themselves into those positions from which they can not deviate for fear r of violating their principals.
To alter one’s position because of someone’s persuasive logical argument is considered “flip flopping,” by anyone opposed. On the other hand, thankfully there remains reasonable men and women, who regard that ability to listen to the facts and make an intelligent decision based on them to be a more desirable trait.
While others, Tea Party Conservatives and similar hardliners, who come to mind, think it despicable. The mere thought of changing a position because a tenable alternative made more sense is beyond their comprehension. It’s ridiculous, but absolutely, true.
But that is what we have given into over the years., No one can change their point of view or adjust their thinking to reflect 0n what’s best for the country. Congressional members on the right side of the aisle have signed the pledge to cast their vote against anything proposed by the Obama Administration.
No longer does the rule of moderate, intelligent citizens hold any value. That manner of pure and honest expression has been replaced by the actions of those strong but wrong willed members of our governing body to continue their negative campaigns, marching cohesively backwards in lock step and with locked minds
Closed minds did not create this democracy. But it can destroy it if we continue on this track. People on both side of the issues have members aboard with genuine persuasive powers. Each side should be persuaded to choose a path that makes sense but will also involve compromise. Stop using the term flip-flop derisively for every decision that goes against your individual way of thinking. It’s called give and take, moderation and compromise.
If it were not for those three attributes, our Constitution would never have been created.
We conduct ourselves as if the future direction of our life, is predetermined and locked in a quagmire, never again open to persuasion and certainly never to be convinced other alternatives exists. We must all have a change of heart and open our minds to the possibility that there is good on both sides of every issue. If we can not achieve that goal our political process and American way will continue to be endangerd.
Wake up America.