Not Thick in Numbers…

 

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Americans are at odds with one another. Pundits and news outlets have made that resoundingly clear, but the vocal far right and far left are not as thick in numbers as they would like us to believe. It is a disparity in the way we visit the polls that is allowing extremist views to occupy the media spotlight. That and the desire to win the battle for ratings. 

Relative to the more removed issues we are failing to solve because of partisan politics, uniting behind a new idea shouldn’t be that difficult. The Democratic and Republican parties have changed so much in the last 12 years that there are more than enough informed people who feel alienated to form a viable third party.

Source: Could 2018 be the Year for Independent Candidates? – Centrist Project

2018-02-24_15-04-53.pngIf you have been around RJsCorner for even a little while I think you know that I truly believe that we as a nation are ready for an alternative to both of our current political parties. I think the tipping point for a successful third party is at hand. We need to bring another actor on the playground to force the current ones to play nice and if they don’t learn that lesson then force them to go back where they came from. Some say if you vote independent you are basically throwing your vote away. While that may have been true in the past I think its time has come.  Both political parties are now ruled by their extreme edges and as the source above says the numbers on those fringes are not as thick as they would have us believe. 

On a separate but related note, I also think that many of us might soon be ready to start abandoning the biased 24/7 cable news channels. It seems all they do is incite riots so to speak as that is what helps their ratings.  I have done a self-imposed intervention of sorts and have pledged to cut the cable so to speak. When you finally come to realize that cable news, like much else in our society, is primarily about profits you understand why we get the news we do. They will do anything to increase audience share and that usually means dramatizing any controversy they can find.

2018-02-24_15-03-40.pngBoth of these issues find common ground in the source article from the Centrist Project above.  We need a phoenix to rise out of the current political ash heap and give us back our country. That takes money and well-principled actors. The actors are now appearing on stage and if we are serious about change the money should follow. Click on the source link above to learn how you can personally become involved.

Inside The Loony Bin – The Beltway Baiters

Banner- Looney BinThis week I am going to concentrate on the Beltway baiters. Just what is a “baiter”.  I assume many of you know who I am talking about but for the rest of you, it is the cable news networks. I understand it is hard for them to concentrate on one thing 24/7 especially when that subject is politics which is about all they seem to cover now.

They do their best to raise their ratings by getting one politician to say something negative about another politician. When they manage it they run the video segment hundreds of times until a better one comes out. The more sensational the comment the better.

I don’t know how many of you are old enough to remember the FCC rule about “equal time” or sometimes called the “Fairness Doctrine”. That was a rule that said when you put out one point of view you must allow those with another point of view equal time to respond. This rule was repealed in 1987 after almost thirty years, by the FCC chair Dennis R. Patrick, a lawyer and Reagan White House aide. It then allowed Rush Limbaugh on the scene soon to be followed by cable news.

I have had a lot of time for some deep reflections lately and I have discovered that much of the anxiety I have today is probably due to spending too much time watching cable news. It doesn’t really matter which flavor, they are all equal opportunity beltway baiters.

So, here is my advice to you this week.  If you want to calm down a little and not be so anxious I suggest you simply pull the cord on any cable news network. Now I realize that for many of my GOP friends who have Fox News on constantly throughout the day this will be very difficult for you.  It could even be as bad withdrawal pain as getting free from an addiction of an illegal narcotic. But believe me, after the detox period you will definitely be a calmer and probably a more rational person. You might even stop hating all Democrats.

For my progressive friends, dare I say liberal? MSNBC is not much better than Fox.  You might eventually become to realize that not all Republicans want to live in the 19th century again. You might also come to understand that not everyone who disagrees with you is playing the race card.

I think if we re-instituted the equal time rule, cable news would quickly cease to exist as they would have nothing to talk about. Just face it, the beltway baiters contribute very little to the overall functioning of our society.  All they really do is to bait us into hating people who just might otherwise end up being a friend, albeit with some different opinions.