Right, left, right, left, right, left... give it up already.
Tue, 21 Jan 2003 10:13:26 -0800
Oh please please please please make this stop.
Right, left, right, left, right left rightleftrightleft.
Come on. Think for yourselves for once.
Let's face facts:
We're talking about individuals on all sides of the equation
here. Generally speaking, all of these individuals believe they're acting
in a rational way. It's generally just a disagreement on how they believe
they're going to help. It seems that when it comes down to "groupthink" in
the political sense, people take a position and defend it to the extreme
without realizing that both sides are making some sense. It's just a
question of which effects are stronger/more important.
If you're going to argue, argue on the fucking issues, and not on
meaningless generalizations about "the rights is this, the left is this,
the right believes this, the left believes that". Come on. We're still
talking about individuals who have their own brains, right? I'm so sick of
people blaming "the right, the left, the Republicans, the Democrats" when
all of those people *should* be thinking for themselves on issues and
looking at each issue specifically to try to come up with the most
reasonable solution instead of the most reasonable way to blame someone else.
There are, clearly, people "on the left" and people "on the right" who have
done bad things. There are CLEARLY people on each side who tend to
exaggerate things for their own benefit. There are CLEARLY people on each
side who tend to stereotype and criticize the other side for doing stupid
things. But ALL sides do this - which is the problem you run into when
you're forced into "the left" or "the right" and feel the need to take pot
shots at the other side, instead of thinking for yourself on issues and
trying to come up with reasonable solutions.
Ok? Is this over?
If you guys are going to debate, can at least be on the issues, so that
it's at least mildly entertaining, and helps those of us who don't identify
with any side or any party use the debate as interesting fodder to feed our
brains and actually *think* about the issues?
Trying to cut this off before it becomes too much like a Mac/PC debate.