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Coming Unbalanced: A Rant
I am *SO* sick and tired of everyone (especially the media, but even some otherwise rational friends of mine) acting like it is the height of maturity and wisdom to assume that "both (political) extremes are just as bad, so reality must be somewhere in between".

Maybe -- MAYBE -- if all conceivable political stances were equally represented in the national discourse, such a perspective might be understandable.  Steer a middle course between the crazies, and you won't go far wrong.


But what folks simply don't understand is, there *IS* no extreme left wing right now.  Hell, there hardly a trace of a MODERATE left wing.  The entire national political discussion right now takes place between the CONSERVATIVE left wing and ULTRA-WACKO-INSANELY-RIGHT right wing.

Right-wing think tanks and the conservatively-owned corporate media have pulled the discussion so far to the right, that what WAS the "sane middle ground" is actually to the left of anything the so-called "liberals" are willing to fight for today.

Drawing a line down the middle of the field and calling that "reasonable", means that all the conservatives have to do to win you over, is move the goalposts.  Which is precisely what they've done.

When the liberals argue that 2+2=3, and the conservatives argue that 2+2=27, neither side may be exactly true -- but that doesn't make them equally wrong either!

OK, rant mode off... for now...

Current Emotional State: discontent discontent

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amaebi From: amaebi Date: April 27th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
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