The fringes on both sides of the political spectrum have created a vacuum. The Radical Middle must rise and create a new Common Ground and move our country forward. Reasonable, Sensible, Balanced. Outrage does none of us good. Let us stop screaming at each other and get to work!
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Stop Protecting Ideology; Ask More
The fact people still believe that being right is all that matters should be funny. It's actually dangerous.
I come across Bernie supporters all the time that still believe Trump is better than Hillary. They believe in almost nothing. At least Trump supporters support something tangible, like a “Wall” or a ban, no matter how offensive it might be.
Members of Congress are as confused as the populace. They don't have a governing principle that makes sense because the people that sent them to Congress aren’t coherent nor bipartisan. Truly, members of Congress’ governing principle is to be re-elected so they can have a chance to positively impact the future of our nation. If we believe otherwise, we’re demonizing our opposition.
I know this might be difficult to swallow, but we just had a forum here in the 110th state representative district in Illinois, and those officials and professionals that said we should talk directly to our representation were told the truth . . . rational voices don't matter to our representation and most certainly our outcomes.
The rational middle doesn't speak out in enough numbersin enough places to matter. And, in addition, they don't know enough to matter. Some of the ones that speak loudly and often happen to carry 'arms' and be as irrational as they are emotional. The others gather in cities in such a way that allows a few incendiaries to negatively characterize them as violent anarchists.
It's actually usually the opposite. The most vocal and obvious people are not indicative of others; they are simply more obvious.
We had a high turnout election here in a rural district, and the outcome was what it is. Work the data; it fails.
There is something inherently broken somewhere. It's either in the message or the messengers . . . probably, both.
We know the policies of Trump and the prevailing conservatives are failures . . . this is undeniable. Yet, we communicate that ineffectively to regular people.
How is that not on each and every one of us?
Can we really just believe we’re right and that’s all that matters? Isn’t that what the other side believes?
It's possibly because we can't communicate a positive agenda as an effective alternative that others can believe and support.
OR, we simply don't understand the inherent problem. It's not a matter of outcomes. It's actually a matter of capacity. Government doesn't have enough capacity to work properly.
Capacity is two-fold. Resources and Approaches.
Government has been starved of resources for decades. This has been the prevailing conservative approach. However, training and management have not been approached effectively during the same period. These two prevailing environments have eroded public confidence in governance and, for some, in the broader economy.
This has allowed conspiracy and duplicity to be fostered and nurtured.
How do we move forward?
There are many within government and business that take advantage of the inefficiencies within society and people. If we don’t hold ourselves and others accountable, we cannot hope to hold the public and private systems accountable.
Both ideologies want to protect their ideology.
This has to end.
What we need as a society and as a country is to ask more of each other and of our elected officials. If we don’t take part in our system of government AND our communities, we cannot blame both for being broken.