Manifesto Apocalypzia: The Conservative vs Liberal Tango
Wednesday/March/24 2010 Filed in: Philosophy / World View
Divide and Conquer Cha Cha Cha
Advisory Warning: This post is guaranteed to offend everyone.
Apocalypzia is unimpressed by any debate that pits conservatives against liberals, liberals against conservatives.
This kind of dumbed-down dialogue goes round and round and gets absolutely nowhere.
For either side, all the ills of the world are the evil machinations of the other.
Political Paso Doble
It makes for great theatre as these entangled tangos play out in the media. But aside from stoking the smoldering embers of hatred and suspicion, these hissy fits accomplish nothing, at least as far as you or I are concerned.
The map is not the territory.
Terms like conservative and liberal are just tags describing sets of assumptions, differing paradigms.
Thinking within paradigms facilitates our ability to comprehend complex issues.
But we can, all too easily, become prisoners of our paradigms. And when we do, we often abandon one of the most important tools of critical thinking: the freedom to challenge our assumptions.
Is this a gang fight or a ballet?
Once we deny ourselves the benefit of rational thought the world becomes amorphous, pliable and easily shaped into whatever others would like us to believe.
Once we abdicate our ability for critical thinking, we can easily be convinced of nonsense.
Shouting from the Right:
The government was, yesterday, wise enough for us to surrender all of our constitutional rights, freedoms and personal treasures to it in the name of national security. But today, that government is so incompetent and corrupt, it shouldn't even be trusted to weigh in on health insurance reform.
Shouting from the Left:
Weathers of Mass Destruction are the true slam dunk. The sky is falling. Polar bears will die and we will all drown in our own carbon-belching, incandescent non-bio-degradable waste.
We have been manipulated, managed, folded, stapled, spindled and mutilated. On this dance floor they lead, we follow.
They? Who's They?
How easily we forget the most important lesson of the Watergate Waltz: Follow the Money!
Follow the money...
It's the Divide and Conquer. The same old song and dance.
And while we swipe and spit at one another, the shadowyThey are tap-dancing all the way to the bank that you and I bailed out.
"Shall we dance?"
No, thanks. We'll sit this one out.