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Leftists to the right of me, rightists to the left, and here I am, stuck in the middle of madness.
In one of Bob Dylan’s songs, he sings that revolution has offered no solution for trouble. The Beatles sing of changing the world, warning that revolution is not the answer, but that seems to be where the extremes in this country want to take us. Each side believes or claims to believe that the other side are pure evil, and therefore any means used to stop them are justified. It’s a slippery downward slope to the cliff that could send the United States into the scrapheap of bygone countries, empires and failed governmental experiments.
I have heard it called being passionate about issues, but there is a disintegrating line between passion and violence. I get it. I was once young and idealistic enough too, to believe in black and white truisms, but when you force your mind open to listen to new ideas, especially those that you are diametrically opposed to, you realize that problems are complex changing organisms that defy dogmatic solutions. In my geopolitical studies in college, we were going to have a debate concerning the Israeli – Palestinian struggles. Our professor asked preliminary questions, and as it turned out, was probing to see who came to the table with the most pro-Israeli slant. That was me. I was quickly assigned to play the part in the debate of Yasser Arafat. Instead of trying to organize protests from my safe space against such horrendous discomfort being inflicted upon me, I relished the assignment. The preparation and process challenged my truisms and gave me a much more balanced, nuanced, and pragmatic viewpoint.
The problems that everyone are moaning and protesting about currently are a result of people clinging to their two corrupted political parties, generation after generation, defending the indefensible in each with such stellar arguments as, “well the other side is much worse,” and “what we’ve done is no different than what they have done.” The knock out move is to use buzzwords like fascism or simply scream in protest until we can eliminate any semblance of free speech left. According to the Russia investigation, that’s exactly what Russia is trying to accomplish. They don’t want us operating our country in a civil and cooperative way. Mission accomplished.
The two political parties continue to play their games of “we want to restore trust in government,” and “we’ll fight for the middle class,” when, in fact, they stopped doing that long ago. When any organization, whether it be private business or government, becomes as large as the Federal Government is, they inevitably become corrupt and unresponsive to anyone, and are only interested in preserving their own power. The same special interests are greasing the wheels of both political parties with plenty of cash and favors, always have been and always will be. When either one grabs power away from the other, it’s as Pete Townsend says, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” I long for the day when fewer of us are fooled once again.
Um advogado de direitos civis que tem especial prazer em processar a polícia é o novo promotor da Filadélfia. Um socialista...