Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Letter to the Red States

A Woman from NYC writes a Letter to the Red States.

I wonder if she will get any positive response?

Or will she just get death threats?


I went looking around and found another copy of this letter posted on a blog written by a liberal radio host named Mark Levine. What is interesting is the comments that followed the post (there are a lot of them, but I urge everyone to check them out). It's about an even mixture of both liberal and conservative responses and an even mixture of harsh invective and thoughtful discussion. What's especially interesting is that the cross-over between those two axis of attitude is about 50-50. There are an equal number of idiotic posts by both conservatives and liberals as well as an equal number of thoughtful posts by conservatives and liberals (the most thoughtful are exchanges between Mark Levine and two conservative posters named Mid-Mo and Vicky).

I find many of the thoughts expressed by both sides in this thread to be disturbing, but fascinating at the same time. What is clear is that both sides have wild views of the other sides point of view and many are absolutely convinced in the correctness of their conception of what the other side really is all about.

In other words, there's a lot of misunderstanding on both sides of the fence. There's also a lot of positions upon which neither side will ever be able to compromise. But that has always been the case throughout human history. It is my judgment that societies begin to crumble when the only options available to people are two rigidly opposed points of view. The vast number of people in the muddled middle need an alternative to two unacceptable choices. If they do not have that alternative then society will tear itself apart trying to reconcile the irreconcilable.

The real danger of the program represented by Bush and his people is not the specifics of their particular political philosophy. It's the attitude they bring to the table that only their particular political philosophy is acceptable.

Civilization belongs to those who can't really decide what is good, only what is good enough.

It's the ideologues who always spoil the party for everyone else.


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