The Extent of Partisanship


Before you read this blog, you should consider that you may be a partisan too. I know, I know, you’re a nice person. You’re one of the good guys in the debate, so how could you be considered partisan? You don’t want kids to starve in Africa, and you don’t want anyone in the -istan countries to die, and you want the best for inner-city kids, so where do I get off telling you that you might be a partisan. Believe it or not, the other side wants that too. Before you start screaming about this and that, you have to trust me that this is what they want. They just have a different means to the same ends. The question is how far are you willing to follow your guys–the good guys–down the rabbit hole.
What if someone, say a friend or a collegue, was able to point out that your views on a particular subject could lead to the eventual destruction of America? What if your friend could provide you empirical data that you could not refute. You would lay this neophyte out face to face. You would bring forth assassinations of his character at the time and place that he delivered his information. You would ask him where he got this information, and you would assassinate the character of all those that your friend sourced for his information, but what if you took his points home and found that your friend was correct? What if you slept on this new found information on an issue that you held dear, and you found that you were on the wrong side of an issue? Wrong is, of course, relative on many different planes, but what if you found that your take on an issue would lead to some degree of destruction of America?
I’ve had people tell me that the American ideal is antiquated, and it did not factor in a current anamoly well enough to suit current needs. I’ve had people tell me that the American ideal was built on the blood of the minority they sought to defend. I’ve had people tell me that they sought a better ideal, and a more inclusive society based upon their take on a given issue. The question remains whether that would be better in the end?
This framework that America has chosen, whether you choose to believe the framework is based on something substantial such as The Constitution or the intangible theory of the “American way of life”, has been able to surive wars, economic crises, internal strife, and theortical challenges. We’ve been able to maintain traditions, a common set of beliefs and standards in our society that have lasted. Some have called this tradition racist and full of double standards, but no one can deny that it’s led to a standard of living that is unprecented in the history of our world. The Consitution and “the American way of life” have been broad based enough to allow everyone from a Kennedy to an ambitious immigrant to enjoy her fruit, so why do we need to change it? If we are changing it, are we tweaking it in a manner provided for in the broad base, or do we feel a need to completely overhaul it? If we are going to overhaul it, because the old ideal was outdated and didn’t account for current needs, will we be changing in a manner that is better? What if someone told you that this wasn’t the case, and after you went home and went through exhaustive research to prove your friend wrong, but you found you couldn’t? Would you change your mind on matters, or would you say my guys will eventually find a way to make it work for all in the manner they said they would. While my friend may have a point, his guys are engaged in hysterical rhetoric. It won’t be that bad…even at it’s worst.
Everyone likes to believe that they have an open mind when it comes to new facts, figures and ideas in life, but I’ve found that very few will change their minds regardless of the proposed consequences.

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