Monday, May 09, 2005

A liberating realization

The exchange with that liberal knee jerk specialist has been continuing, but I don't think I want to post any more about it.

I took a moment to email Goldy, the blog site host and express my apology for letting a group of comments get so out of hand.

Frankly looking at the other posts and comments, I was in a mild debate, by comparison, so I don't feel too bad.

But I also realized that I was finding a lot of value in the liberal blogs I have read, not that I plan to be a bleeding heart liberal any time soon.

What I noticed as I cruised the comments to Goldy's blogs, is that the sentiments expressed by my adversary 'C' were commonly expressed by most of the liberal defenders. The usage of "Wingnut" to label and marginalize the Christian and or conservatives was common. Wacko was another common term.

What I also noticed to my dismay is how many conservatives were also using the same foolish tactics, attacking Goldy for his views and attacking his defenders. Some I admit were eloquent, but most were simply annoying.

I have to retract part of what I said previously. I felt that the Liberals were more likely to resort to this, but sadly I was wrong. Both sides are about the same in that regard, with the only tangible difference being the extent of the insult. I still say liberals are more likely, by a small margin, to be insulting and use profanity, but only by that small margin.

Sadly its happening out in the real world as well. For every knee jerk accusation from one side, comes a counter form the other. Newtons law at work: For every liberal action is an equal and opposite conservative reaction and vice a versa. For every Al Franken and Randi Rhodes is a Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter.

I suddenly find myself in fairly uncharted territory.

I think I am turning into an independent moderate because the over use of rhetoric on both sides is starting to annoy me.

I find that while my preferences still lean me toward the right, I have to admit that some of the positions the right is taking are also becoming hard to support. So I find while I may support this or that candidate, or this or that issue, I will never be a hard line conservative.

And you know, I don't mind. I think one of the biggest problems with our two party system, is that both parties strategize how to be the opposite. Its a game of extreme polarity. And the trouble is that many of the issues being affected by this are not black and white issues.

I don't know whether this is really that big of a surprise. Its been slowly coming along.

All I know is while I examine what this means to me, and how this affects my world view, I will be renaming my Blog "Leaning Straight Up", as a testimony to the fact that I find myself leaning toward an independent moderate position rather then toward either of the polarized parties.

Dang, all that stationary to change......