City of Roses
|The bottom line is, I believe we all attempt to make genuine efforts to be fair and moderate in these discussions, but I do believe with belief, there will always be a sort of bias regardless.
With all due respect, I do disagree with JesusChristPose that Michael isn't biased, as when you look back on the history of threads he's started, they have a unanimous anti-Democrats streak to them, while posts critical of the Bush Administration or GOP are rare.
It certainly doesn't mean that Michael does not care and is not open to other, alternate points of view and open discussion; he is very much interested in engaging with others and speaking of the many topics and I believe certainly does not resort to belittling anyone or making you feel your opinion is worthless. Michael is a great debater, a great voice and all in all, a great person, and I do very much enjoy his friendship and speaking with him.
But I do believe that his views tend to be slanted. Of course I believe a vast majority of individuals, including reasonably all of us here, have slanted vews, so that's nothing to be ashamed of, and room for improvement and growth comes in learning to be more flexible and independent-minded in conversations than others, which I try doing by alternating recently in starting posts that criticize something on one side followed by something on the other side, back and forth.
The primary point I was making earlier was, yes, there are Democrats who certainly waste ever too much time attacking Bush rather than address ideas and alternatives for dealing with conflicts. That's a given, and that's one central reason why I am a registered Independent like Larry C, who may lean Democratic but in my first election in 2004 voted for many Green and Independent candidates. But at the same time, there are Republicans and Bush Administration officials who have done likewise, blasting the Democrats and other political opposition as being "morally and intellectually confused", forgetting the lessons of 9/11, sometimes even appeasing the terrorists, etc. And the question I asked Michael was, "Do you not agree that both sides are resorting to these mean political tactics?".
And, yes, I absolutely agree with Jo's latter thought in her latest response.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"