(But I'm thinking of starting a brand name. :)

 

I participate in more than a few news sites.  In fact, my cousin owns one of my favorites (No, I'm not telling which one.) 

I stay as publicly active on TA as possible. 

I vote in EVERY government election. 

We have come a long way.

We are quite possibly living in one of the most significant times in modern history. 

As a whole, we are marking progress on an extraordinary measure. 

Life is about to change, folks. 

From the ground up, we are forcing ourselves to evolve at a much faster rate than any other animal in the history of our planet.

We are cramming ourselves into cities where the exposure to globalization is changing us biologically and mental/emotionally. Humans are learning new skills and losing others to cope with the sensory overload of mass media, exposure to different beliefs and cultures, hell we are seeing rare tropical diseases pop up in housewives that have never left their neighborhoods. The sudden exposure to other genetics and other habits are changing the playing field. We are no longer about working for the same company until we retire. We are faster paced and more versatile. The internet is changing us.  We are polarizing, and this is evident in our politics. The 'Loud Minority' gets the most attention, and unfortunately for most of America, our citizens still believe that if they see it on the magical moving picture box, it must be true. Because our consumers have so many choices, they are simply picking the opinions that reinforce their own and ignoring those that don't. This has totally, utterly changed news programming, and probably not for the better. As our public opinion polarizes, so do our leaders. 

And frankly? 

I don't want to see ANY extremist in power. 

That didn't work out so well for the Muslim nations, now did it? 

Things are changing fast, and if we don't learn how to navigate this new world we are creating, we are all going to get swept away with the tide. 

I time will come when you can access every post, every status update, every blog for any candidate that applies for work in a private company. Our online lives will soon merge totally with our offline lives to the point that even where we work or socialize will be pretty much polarized. 

If this happens, we will be in big trouble.

Tolerance is a social skill. It is LEARNED. If people quit putting themselves into positions to be challenged...to be exposed to different view points, we will lose the ability to respond with patience, tolerance and respect. We will eventually lose the social skills to cope with differences. That will polarizes us even more. We need to know how to hear and respond instead of hear and react. 

Oh yeah. And I'm sick of being called a bleeding heart liberal, thank you very much. My opinions on social issues are not actually "liberal." 

I seem to remember more than a few conservatives once upholding the values of "Limited government interference. What a person does in their own home is their own business, as long as they aren't harming anyone else." 

If the republican party could fairly apply that belief system, I'd hang out with them. 

But they don't. 

That rule seems to only apply if you are a rich white man. What a person does in their own home is their own business as long as they are beating their wife instead of fucking another man. 

That rule seems to only apply if you've got a body that can't get pregnant, and therefore can't be legislated.

That rule seems to only apply if you prefer whiskey to weed and prescription drugs to mushrooms. 

I've seen Prop 19 and Prop 8 conclusively prove that California is no longer the progressive state it once was. 

Without that title, I think it is nothing more than a money pit hell hole with ass backwards government policy and police enforcement. (Fuck yeah, I'm looking at you, Oakland.) 

I think that our welfare system is broken. 

I think that our education system is broken.

I think that our prison system is broken.

I think our FDA is broken.

I think that our immigration system is broken.

 

I think that we as Americans are heading for some real trouble, and that trouble will spell out for the rest of the world. 

 

Look, folks. We are not the world leader in ANYTHING anymore. We aren't the richest. We aren't the biggest. We don't take care of our people the best. It's time to take a look at other countries that top ours, and see where we went wrong. We can't fix the problem if we don't first identify it. 

But to do so would be unpatriotic. Hell, to even say "Wait a minute. We aren't #1" is even considered unpatriotic. When did that happen? How did that happen? Since when are we not allowed to call a spade a spade, and take a good critical look at history to see how we can improve? 

True, we've made some ground lately:

-Our 9/11 responders have FINALLY won the medical care they deserve. Too bad it took us a humiliatingly long time to get it to them. 

-Our general population is on the road to having what pretty much every single non-third world country on the globe already has. Health Care. (Now don't get me wrong. I barely trust our government with a too-hot corn dog, but at least we look less like idiots to the rest of the world.)

-DADT was retracted. Again, it looks like we are catching up with other leading nations. But seriously? Aren't you tired of feeling like the fat kid in gym class? Why are we always so far behind? Aren't we sick of having to be drug kicking and screaming into the modern age?

 

Already, the polarization in politics has led to some sickening problems. Anyone else notice that even when the PUBLIC and the MILITARY COMMANDERS said that integration was the best course of action, a bunch of politicians that have never even been in the military still drug their feet? Oh, and the few that WERE in the military still held out, even after flip-flopping on the issue before taking a stance on whatever would fit their career designs? That's treason in my mind. The people that are getting shot at get to make the rules concerning who is allowed to be shot at, in my opinion. 

Or how about health care? It took us how many YEARS to get the rightfully deserved care to our 9/11 first responders because people that already HAD healthcare said no. (That's right you pieces of shit. I will have a list with every NO vote on it, and I will remember your names for future elections.) Again, with healthcare in general, how come the rich people or the people that are already covered under amazing government plans are telling us how it's going to be? That's a little too "Then let them eat cake" for what I can accept as an American. 

But you know what?

I'm not a liberal. 

I'm not a liberal, because that word is tied to ideas on welfare and government assistance that I don't agree with. That word is tied to gun control, and I believe it is an invasion of the rights given by our Constitution. 

I am not a liberal. I think San Francisco county should be ASHAMED of taking toys out of Happy Meals because it's an infringement on us as consumers and on the McDonald's company. 

I think many, many 'bleeding heart liberals' are ignorant on foreign policy, economics and the realities of war. 

But as the conservatives move more to the right and the liberals move more to the left, I'm faced with a very real fear that my vote will not be counted unless I throw in with one of the major players. Republican or Democrat. 

If I vote any other way in California, it will be a waste, right? 

I'm no longer voting for candidates. 

I'm simply voting against other ones. 

That's a horrible thing to admit. That is a horrible thing to say...but it is true. 

I feel the way I do because I'm left without a choice. 

Are there any other options? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment by Doug Reardon on January 2, 2011 at 5:31pm
Misty:  I consider myself a bleeding heart liberal, but I'm for the right to arm bears, and other so called  conservative issues.  I haven't voted "for" someone in so long I can't remember (of course there are lots of things lately that I can't remember).  The choice always seems to be between the "forces of darkness" or "the evil ones", I don't see any other options either.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on January 2, 2011 at 6:15pm

This is not the politics we were taught to expect in school.

This is not the world we paid a lot of money in education to be "prepared" for. 

Does anyone else feel like this? 

How many people find the need to self identify with something they don't really believe in just because they don't want to be associated with another that they also don't?

 

What are we going to do about it? What CAN be done about it. 

The internet has changed the way we do politics. Everything from the Palin tweets to Wikileaks to...everything. 

This is a totally different generation of politics. How are we supposed to evolve? 

Comment by sukhdeep on January 2, 2011 at 7:37pm

it always feels like we are picking the lesser of the evil.....i don't agree with republicans on social issues and don't with democrats on a lot of welfare issues....both parties pander to their bases....

BUT one thing for sure i don't think san francisco should be ashamed but rather PROUD for taking toys out of happy meals and not feeding into mcdonalds and burger king addiction. 

Comment by Michael R on January 2, 2011 at 8:17pm
Misty, I agree that our two parties are polarizing. I haven't identified with either party for years. I'm conservative about some things and liberal about others. We agree on any items. I too think that SF has gone too far. Parents should parent when it comes to what food goes into their kids mouths.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on January 2, 2011 at 8:34pm

Ok. so I get a few comments on the first day this is out there. 

So apparently there is this dissatisfied group of us out here in the world that feel roughly the same way. 

That's cool. That's interesting to know. 

I wonder how many of us there are?

I also wonder what we could do about it.......

Comment by sukhdeep on January 2, 2011 at 8:34pm

Where do parents get the info michael? FROM MCDONALD'S AND BURGER KING........Parents think they are in charge but wonder why mcdonalds and other fast food joint's spend so much money into advertising and polluting your minds???????and why it is okay to loose money on kids meals and still think about profits down the line???????

wonder michael wonder?????

Comment by sukhdeep on January 2, 2011 at 8:36pm

sorry misty to make into a fast food debate....i'm so sorry

but i do believe that most people do put atheism and liberals on all issues together......but we are so different and believe on some issues on the left and some on the right...

Comment by Bill on January 2, 2011 at 8:37pm
Misty, I told a conservative friend once that I was a moderate. He tried to tell me that moderates have never accomplished anything important in history. I'm not sure if I believe this, but if it is true, I would have to side with the bleeding hearts at this particular juncture. In reality, I'm conflicted. I'm a former Marine, and I also went to Berkeley. When they were protesting about Marine Corps Recruiters on campus last year, I wanted to come protest too, but I couldn't decide which side to be on! I hate this new polarization. I think it is about as bad as it can get short of civil war.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on January 2, 2011 at 8:52pm

Sukhdeep-

Go start your own thread on it, if you want. It might actually be a really good discussion to put in some of the Healthy Eating type groups. I think it is an important issue, and one I wouldn't mind participating in myself.  No worries. Just put it where it belongs and then come back and leave a link to it here so we can all follow you over and post in that one, too! 

Bill- 

I totally feel for you. I actually worked in Berkeley this year. A lot of my friends are/were Marines. I've got family in rural areas where military service is pretty much your only way out. An ex husband and ex boyfriend were both Marines. I was a Coastie for a short time. Military patriotism runs really, really deep in my blood, and I hate feeling like the Republicans called dibs on that particular part of American culture. They don't. They shouldn't. I love and support our military, and that's why I don't want them going to war without a damn good reason. At the end of the year when we do our charities, my causes are always vets causes. I hate how out of place I'm made to feel at some of these events. 

The world is changing. The way we do politics is changing. 

I just wish I could predict in what direction. 

This can't go on forever. 

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on January 2, 2011 at 9:37pm
As a European I remember thinking how good is was that Obama got elected. I also think it was mixed with relief that Bush was gone. There was a palpable sense of optimism that the world would be a better place. He even got the Nobel Peace prize after a few months in office.

He then talked about a “call to action”. But what has happened. Where is He? He is seldom mentioned in the news. For someone who ran a brilliant election campaign with such media “savvy” he should be getting on with the “Action” and letting people know about it.

It is allowing Palin and her ilk a platform. This can only further confused issues and cause more division. People will be forced to be more extreme in defence of their moderate views. I socialize with a few Americans who are in their thirties and forties and they are not happy with U.S. politics system. There seems to be so much “labelling” of people that maybe another political party should be started. No tea drinkers allowed though. 

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