Shutdown and Politics Blog 6

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

So, the political stance quiz labeled me as a solid liberal. I don’t necessarily buy that I’m that far left, but for the sake of the exercise, we’ll say that I am. Either way, as instructed, I pulled up two pieces written by the conservative commentator Rich Lowry, one a short blog post and the other an article on Politico. Surprisingly enough, I think I agree with some of his viewpoints on the issue. The main dispute surrounding the government shutdown is this: who is to blame? Both sides have not reached a compromise, so clearly both are to blame in some capacity, but the question remains. This is America. We have to have a bad guy! There is always right and wrong and good and evil! So, who is wrong here? The media has a liberal bias, as we know, and it is for this reason that Lowry believes the Republicans will be mistakenly accused: “The media will take the Democratic line during a shutdown, and given that Republicans are the anti-government party, there will be a natural tendency on the part of the public to believe they are solely responsible”.


That logic is hard to refute. See, all it took for me, the ‘staunch liberal’ on the spectrum, to understand and agree with a conservative argument was to read one article! This is the problem with our government today. While the example of people reading only one type of news source and not being educated on both sides of an issue is valid, it extends far beyond that. If people just ignored their partisan differences and actually listened to each other’s opinions, maybe the government would not be in this mess in the first place! Our elected officials become so entrapped in their party lines that they forget what they were actually elected to do: lead. Everyday, millions of Americans are forced to compromise. The few hundred chosen citizens that we vote on to compromise on our behalf can’t even do it! Part of the problem is structural. For example, if a Republican bends on issues like military spending or gun rights, he may lose funding for reelection. So what? Wouldn’t you rather be in Congress for two years and vote based on what you truly believe to be best for our country than be in Congress for forty years while being a pawn for some hotshot Democrat or GOP puppeteer? Maybe I’m just too naïve. Or maybe I just want this country to step up and have some leaders that don’t care about elephants or donkeys.

This song sums up my feelings.

4 thoughts on “Why Can’t We Be Friends?

  1. I’m not sure the Tea Party people listen to anyone as reasonably thoughtful as Lowry.

    Compromise is not always good. Some liberals argue that Obama caved on the fiscal cliff a year ago, signaling that these tactics work.

    Moreiver, the debt ceiling is dumb. They already passef this budget.

  2. I too had a similar reaction to the government shut down. Moving beyond any political party, I believe the problem truly lies in our governmental system. Many politicians do what will get them reelected rather than what logically seems to be the answer. I also believe people are trapped within their parties opinion frame. In the end, unfortunately I don’t see any changes happening in our lifetimes and this will be an ongoing issue.

  3. I think that we as voting citizens would want representatives to vote on issues in a way they saw best, rather than voting as the House Leader would want. However, I think most Congress members value their seat in Congress more than expressing their personal opinion. This could start an argument over whether Congress members should be allowed to run for more than one term.

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