I’m sure there are great intellectuals discussing this very issue in living rooms and pubs and think tanks everywhere. The problem is that they aren’t any closer to being the ones making the decisions than you or me. That privilege falls to politicians, who DO label themselves politically, who by the very nature of what American politics has become don’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell (if any intelligent, rational, greater-good oriented politicians even exist anymore) of passing legislation that falls in the gray area. To get that vote, I imagine one has to be completely partisan. Which means black or white. Which means extreme.
The squeaky wheel (and the wheel with deep pockets…) gets the grease, and a defining characteristic of centrists/people willing to look at the big picture and realize that the issues we face are far too large to be simplified down to “all this” or “all that” is that they can’t be found screaming obscenities at rallies or throwing tantrums because ideology or “because my voter registration says R and the R’s are here screaming about this so I better scream too…”.
Rational, thoughtful people are, well, rational. And thoughtful. And rationality has no seat at the American Political table .
Has it ever?
I want to think their is hope, but honestly I am less able to find it every day. ❤