City of Roses
|I do absolutely agree with Grinch that, as those who vote and are thus also representatives of our democracy, we ourselves are also at folly in that we allow ourselves to be planted and rooted deeply in this rigid two-party system, and seem passively to allow this partisan ping-pong match to reel on rather than call for a positive, collaborative change so more independent, candidates that don't come from the wealthiest of families can be represented, that we can live to the fullest promise of our democracy.
For quite a while, Balladeer and others here have made a genuine point here in that many who are disenchanted with Bush's policies seem more adamant of "bashing Bush" then diplomatically looking at what is wrong with the picture here and suggesting what we do need to positively build and strengthen our nation and such. Again, I believe I, myself, have been rather critical and blunt of Bush's personality, and have indeed called him a liar, an exploiter, and a war criminal in previous threads, things which I still stand by. However, I am not proud that ego conflicts seem to overshadow the interests for positive social change in recent years, not proud that partisanships seem more potent than dialogue in these times, and while I feel that, to secure the heart of our democracy we must hold accountable any president or representative that violates or attempts to walk around its heart, whoever thinks that these problems will end with the impeachment of Bush or so are ridiculously and sorely mistaken, and will only recreate themselves until the vision for positive social change is put ahead of partisanship at all costs.
I believe we're all guilty of falling into this partisan behavior in one way or another. Balladeer and others are right about that, and make a credible point.
Their point only loses ground and they only discredit themselves when they themselves let their partisanships consume and interfere with their logics, bashing everything about the Democratic Party which I myself are very critical of but are no less human than the GOP or any other party. During the Clinton Era, I have reason to believe had this forum been founded in 1992 that they'd be acting toward Clinton what the "Bush-bashers" are now toward Bush.....and still go after Clinton on everything.
And Lord knows no organization is or will ever be perfect, such as the United Nations, and Lord knows they've made some mistakes like all other organizations. But whenever the mere name of the United Nations is mentioned here, all I see is bashing, without acknowledging the number of very good things this world body has done over many years, including feeding 104 million people a year in 80 countries, UNICEF's efforts to crack down on AIDS and immunization of children worldwide, eradicating almost completely smallpox and polio from the world, holding over a dozen peacekeeping operations that, without their activity, could allow armed rebels and marauders to take control again, helping form elections in East Timor, Iraq and other countries, bringing issues that are otherwise seemingly non-existent in the media to the public forefront including landmines, child soldiers and cholera, etc.
Those who are obviously no fans of Clinton here (I don't consider myself a fan either, though not as adamantly opposed to him) mean well and make a genuine argument of how partisan distaste seems to rank more importantly to collaboration in their minds. It's their own partisan behavior that spoils an otherwise meaningful point.
Also, though I generally agree with Local Rebel more than Balladeer or Alicat, I also didn't agree with the tone he voiced in Comment #27 in the thread, as I thought it went over the line and, indeed, Bush is no tyrant who desires to go after the wives and kids of everyone who disagrees with him on the war. I absolutely don't believe he has or will ever be that heartless; he's just a naive, incompetent individual who stubbornly insists on his way or the highway and dislikes hearing dissenters.
I feel deep inside all of us, we are acting partisan-esque whether we want to acknowledge it or not...but what I'm also optimistic about is that deep down I believe all of us really desire for greater independence in our system, and the only thing that's really holding us back is fear itself.
Red Blue Game: Meaning
It's as though we're stuck in what is known as the "Red Blue Game" in University Studies class, where we all really want to move forward and seek change, but we're afraid someone else will try exploiting that trust, a call for unity, and we find ourselves stuck in defensiveness, and, essentially, we're just stuck at square one.
What it will take to escape this oubilette, I don't know, but I believe all of us are well-intentioned here, we truly don't desire living in partisan fashion, and I only hope that is recognized regardless if it's a Republican or Democrat controlling what, until we all decide together we must trust one another and reward ourselves for greater independence, these problems we've dealt under Clinton and under Bush willcontinue to replicate.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"