We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What is left over after all the sides have been chosen? Confusion, lack of national cohesion, communities torn asunder by ideology, families in turmoil.
This dichotomy has split us to the core. This is nothing new either. Only this time, at least more so than ever in my short life span, we have nothing to hold it all together. No more cold war, no more American Dream. (present but not acknowledged)
Greed and ignorance has crept high enough up the food chain as to blind all that should have a say, teachers, mayors, businessmen, future leaders. Partly because the boomers have a stranglehold on every ounce of power, pursuing their retirements as the house of cards sways. And partly because we are so distracted, even those who want to be in touch. Believe what you want, nobody is telling the truth.
I think we are ripe for attack under these conditions. And as long as nobody can agree about the scope and manner, the attack will continue and succeed.
Steyn used the 'ball game' analogy --making the point that America's two political sides have lost sight of the fact that for two sides to engage each other, there has to be at least somewhere a shared premise (as in, we are two football teams who want to stomp crap outta each other--but to do so, we have to have a 'football game'). but he's far better than I at it --it's a great piece.
"Politics requires a minimum of shared assumptions. To compete you have to be playing the same game: you can't thwack the ball back and forth if one of you thinks he's playing baseball and the other fellow thinks he's playing badminton. Likewise, if you want to discuss the best way forward in the war on terror, you can't do that if the guy you're talking to doesn't believe there is a war on terror, only a racket cooked up by the Bushitler and the rest of the Halliburton stooges as a pretext to tear up the constitution.
Americans do not agree on the basic meaning of the last seven years."
I read the piece earlier and got it. My throwaway point was not to point, just an aside about gaming and gamers in general.
Back to politics, i think the real problem is that most Repubs see our national interests and situation as real life and the Dems see them as a game. They're playing to win while the Repubs are talking issues and ideology. We're defaulting by not showing up to any field.
Cold civil war, tho, yeah. Some of us are finally getting it.