Well, my work is done here.
But before I retire, I offer the following parting thoughts:
The right wingers agreed with me on delivery, but disagreed with me on position. The left wingers agreed with me on position, but disagreed with my delivery. To me, that says a lot about where people are placing their priorities.
American political discourse has devolved into something akin to professional wrestling. There are too many people out there who aren't as much interested in examining political solutions as they are about defeating the enemy at all costs. This polarization has led some people, sadly, to become so entrenched that they'll resort to any tactic to win, and who refuse to agree with an opponent on anything whatsoever. So it's not about intellect, debate, or political positions -- it's all a one-sided conversation. It's about arguing, and spending one's energies trying to destroy one's opponent.
Democracy is based on the idea that the people can govern themselves. If we have reached the point where all we want to do is fight to destroy one another, we have abandoned democracy. Democracy involves give and take, inclusion of differing opinions, and consensus; if all we want to do is defeat the opposition and stand victorious on a pile of their bodies, then we've embraced tyranny as a system of government.
Aggressively speaking truth to power to break down opposition works when you're the minority. But if you use the same tactics when you're in the majority, you become an oppressor.
Over time, elections tend to favor the minority opposition because the electorate associates the ruling party with any negatives going on in their lives. Recent reports are stating that last quarter Americans lost $1.3 trillion in net worth. Unemployment is aproaching double digits. By 2010, Bush anger will have faded and the Democrats will solidly own any problems the country faces. It's tough to convince the American people that the minority party is the source of their woes when you have full control of both the executive and judicial branches.
I represent the middle of the bell curve -- Americans who can be persuaded one way or the other. Given all I've said so far, who do you think will win the day in upcoming elections? A party in power represented by bloggers who are selective in their ethics and condescend, berate, and belittle, or a party that focuses on teaching and explaining?
Just something to think about.