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Friday, March 24, 2006

Why we’re here

If we believed most of the information we got from the news media, Capt. Rational and I would be scared shitless right now. We would be terrified that we were the only two reasonable people left on earth, that everyone was either a godless commie liberal slut or a right-wing hatemongering religious zealot, that the lunatics had at last taken over the asylum. We’d see the world in red and blue and there would be no hope for us.

Fortunately, the 1980s prepared us for this. We know the only real way to make sense of the flat, eye-straining red and blue outlines — the only way to see them in three dimensions — is to don a pair of special glasses with one blue lens and one red one and keep both eyes open.

We don’t buy the red-state/blue-state dichotomy. We were paying attention as the numbers came in during the 2004 presidential election, and we noticed that in most states, the margin of blueness/redness was pretty slim. That means most of America is a healthy shade of purple, a good strong blend of people and ideas. And we’re not sure, but if we had to guess, we’d say most of these people are a lot more reasonable than our pundits, elected officials, and cookie-cutter talking heads.

Unfortunately, those latter three types are in charge of the mainstream media, so it falls to the rest of us to have the reasoned debates they won’t. It’s up to us to help each other understand where we are coming from, what we believe, and why we believe it. If there is common ground — and God help us if there isn’t — it’s our responsibility as citizens to find it.

We will disagree — sometimes passionately — about policy and morality and everything else under the sun, but we will do it civilly and it will be good for us.
posted by Maven Swift at 8:34 PM


Anonymous nicole said...

Your red vs. blue point is well-made here:

Thought you might find it interesting.

April 02, 2006 4:19 PM  

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