Part Of The Tribe…

“It doesn’t matter how sleazy they are if they are part of your tribe you support them.” Has our politics degraded to this? Some of the pundits say it has but I think it might not be so

2018-05-10_10-59-50.pngI was in college in the 1960’s and I can remember that the nightly news was all about campus protests and sit-ins. If you believed the reports back then every kid who was in college was a pot-smoking hippie. The reality of it, for at least Purdue University, was that the vast majority of us were just going to classes and doing what was necessary to graduate. Occasionally I came upon some kids who were carrying picket signs but that seemed like a pretty rare event to me.

Jump forward to today and if you believe the cable news reports, we are all hunkered down in our individual tribes throwing bomb across at the other tribe who is our dreaded enemy trying to destroy our way of life.  As long as you distance yourself from all the rhetoric that is spewed out you realize that most of us are just going about our daily lives almost oblivious of the reported times.  We have mortgages to pay, kids to feed, and jobs that demand much of our attention.

I don’t feel like a member of a tribe.  I try my best to form my own opinions about most things and remain pretty skeptical about anyone trying to seduce me to join their way of seeing the world.  Maybe the cable outlets are putting out that image to just gain viewers?

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Scarcity Mentality…

I truly believe that we are coming to a point in our country’s history where some very basic changes are about to happen.  One of those changes is the realignment of our political parties.  Another is that we will finally reject the idea that our best days are behind us.

Today, after the financial crisis, the shrinking of the middle class, the partisan warfare, a scarcity mind-set is dominant: Resources are limited. The world is dangerous. Group conflict is inevitable. It’s us versus them. If they win, we’re ruined, therefore, let’s stick with our tribe. The ends justify the means…

Source:  The End of the Two-Party System – The New York Times

I have probably talked too much for you about how a third party is much needed in our country in order to break the strangling gridlock we find ourselves in. So this post will not be about that. Instead, it is about the mindset of entrenchment or hunkering down against the big bad world.

There have always been doomsayers and conspiracy theorists around to try to spread a dark blanket over almost everything they touch. That population does seem to be increasing lately but I am convinced that they still make up a relatively small minority of this country.  Both political parties are now pandering to their radical fringes, but a time will come when the moderates will shed their allegiances to those parties and a phoenix will rise out of these political ashes. As they say, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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