Divided Nothing Gets Done…..again!

I am frustrated because if I voice my opinion, I will probably be classified as a liberal or a conservative based on my opinion about a subject that has nothing to do with economics. This classification will shut down any discussion, hindering the possibility of understanding what I was trying to communicate. I will be attacked by one friend or the other because both sides of the issue are so defensive and consider their opinion sacred. The end result will simply be a couple heated arguments but nothing will actually be accomplished.

I think this impasse started when Americans started believing that political issues were moral issues. You see moral issues can have no compromise. Moral and religious beliefs have no flexibility. They are merely correct based on the holder of the views. The problem with that is that there is no coming together. No discussion, no meeting of the minds, no understanding.

The other point of view is wrong and your point of view right. The polarization of belief in this country is tearing this country apart. The government is deadlocked because no one is willing to give any ground on moral issues. Perhaps we need to understand that political issues are issues handled on the government level and they cannot be held as tightly. They must be discussed and understood and some middle ground must be considered. Compromise should be acceptable and not viewed as morally corrupt.

We are a country of many opinions, and many creative minds. We can figure things out but we must first recognize political views as just that political views. We need to allow flexibility. We must listen and respect other opinions. We must come together with a common goal of solving problems.

Divided we will fail, and fall and the great divide between the parties will widen, dragging our children into the great abyss of hate. I see both parties posting on facebook memes that spread hate and fear about the opposite party. Words like all liberals believe XYZ or all conservatives believe ABC are often used. The word all makes both posts incorrect. We are a country of billions of people and billions of opinions.

Please help me stop the misnomer that every member of any group believes the same thing. I venture to say that even if you and I are both from the same political party, we hold many different ideas about how to accomplish the same task.

Let us start listening to each other, not attacking each other. Let us not allow fear to dominate our conversations. We are all interested in freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are a democratic country.  No one wants socialism as our form of government. We need to stand together, unified and determined to creatively work together so solve our very complicated problems.

This cannot happen if people are afraid to speak up because they will not be heard. Let us not jump to conclusions. Let us listen. Let us hear the heart of the person on the other side of the issue. Let us find common ground. If we stress our common beliefs maybe we can come up with some solutions, understanding that as Americans, we are on the same team. We are all trying to build a strong country together.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Poor Robert says:

    For every opinion we express a view which may be liberal or conservative and on occasion middle of the road. The problem, as you have so well identified it, is that all dialogue resulting from that opinion will come from the responders perspective. This is, in and of itself, not a problem because that’s what makes a good debate. The issue today is that so many people approach a debate from a “my way or the highway” stance. Any cognitive psychologist will tell us that opinions are just thoughts which we have formulated using language (words). They are not facts, truths or falsehoods,and they can be any or several of the above. Your post posits the further question of why can’t we accept each others opinions without caustic judgement? My opinion, neither liberal or conservative, in todays world people get judged as right or wrong every day and we have conditioned ourselves, both conservatives and liberals, that it is necessary to win each and every debate.

  2. Poor Robert says:

    With the expression of every opinion we express a view or perspective which may be liberal or conservative and on occasion middle of the road. The problem, as you have so well identified it, is that all dialogue resulting from the public expression of that opinion will come from the responders perspective. This is, in and of itself, not a problem because that’s what makes a good debate. The issue today is that so many people approach a debate wth a “my way or the highway” attitude. Any cognitive psychologist will tell us that opinions are just thoughts which we have formulated using language (words). They are not facts, truths or falsehoods,and they can be any or several of the above. Your post posits the further important question of why can’t we accept each others opinions without caustic judgement? My opinion (here I go expressing a troublesome thought which is neither liberal or conservative); in todays world people get judged as right or wrong every day and we have conditioned ourselves, both conservatives and liberals, that we must win each and every debate. It is no-longer enough just to move the discussion in furtherance of reaching a greater understanding of the point under discussion. Aw, how I wish for a gentler more civil society.

    1. I think you are on to something when you brought up the fact that people tend to debate with the ulterior motive of winning the argument or of being proven right. I am with you in wishing for a gentler more civil society!

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