“The Problem of Partisan Thinking”

Written Aug. 20, 2016…

 

The problem these days is that we are becoming more and more partisan in our political views.

If we call ourselves a liberal, then we automatically make excuses for anything bad the Democratic Party does… and instantly dismiss anything coming from the Right as being some “right wing conspiracy” or “witch hunt” against a Democrat. If it’s a conservative news media site, we won’t even look at it to see if there is any validity in whatever they are saying. We don’t even take the time to check out bipartisan news media sites to see if there is any truth in what is being said.

If we are a conservative, we do the same thing in reverse… reject anything coming from the Left.

Too many Democrats will not actually look at the policies and actions of Hillary Clinton to see if they really do represent progressive liberal views. We don’t ask ourselves, “Is this something that I can agree with, and do her past actions actually coincide with what she is claiming she will do once in office?”

Never listen to any promises made by a candidate when they are running for office. Find out what they have already done in the past. That will give you a good idea of what they will do, going forward. Too many people hear her say she will do this and that, and just accept it at face value, without checking at her past record to see if that is actually what she has stood for. If she is saying she is now against the TPP, but then picking a VP who is pro-TPP and picking other people to help with her election that are pro-TPP, that really should give you cause for concern, and tell you where she really stands on the issue.

The problem also is that we hear what Donald Trump says, and it scares us so much that we don’t even care what Clinton says. We are just willing to vote for her out of hand, because “she’s got to be better than Trump.” Well, he just says crazy things that he MIGHT do in office, but will more than likely never get away with. She actually has done some of those things in the past, and will more than likely do them again. But she talks more intelligently and puts a nicer spin on it, so we “trust” her more than we do him.

Don’t be fooled by this!

Getting you frightened of Trump so much that you will run out and vote for Clinton… even if you don’t like her… is exactly what they are banking on, and exactly the strategy they have employed all along.

It’s sickening that if you are a liberal, and actually have grave concerns about Hillary’s record, you are either labeled a “sexist” or a “Trump supporter.” If you choose not to vote for Clinton, because she does not stand for the same things you stand for, you are accused of “helping Trump win” if you vote for Jill Stein. It’s pure manipulation tactics. They are trying to bully you and shame you into voting for someone you don’t want, don’t trust, don’t like and don’t want to vote for, instead of the candidate that actually represents your beliefs. No matter what you say, they will just instantly dismiss you and condemn you. And the ironic part of it is that they try to dismiss you as being a liberal, when you may actually be ten times more liberal than Hillary Clinton has ever been. They also ridicule you for having convictions. They want you to sell out your convictions and beliefs just to make sure Trump doesn’t win. And what happens in 2020 when there is a new Trump bogeyman that is running for the Republican nomination? You will be told, once again, that you have to put aside your convictions and be willing to “compromise” in order to make sure a Democrat you don’t want gets into office.

I consider myself a progressive liberal. But really, we need to stop with all these labels. It keeps us from really looking at the truth of the matter.

There has been tons of racist-based criticisms of Barack Obama. He is the first black President, and some people in this country truly hate that. But does that mean that any criticism of him is to be rejected out of hand, or labeled “racist”? Am I not allowed, as a progressive liberal, to have genuine criticisms about him? I proudly voted for him twice. I have liked some things he has done. I like him as a person. But he HAS done many things that I have strongly disagreed with. He is NOT as progressively liberal as I would like. He is a neoliberal, and has done things that we, on the Left, would never accept if it was coming from a Republican… and, in fact, are Republican-type actions. I find his determination to pass the TPP to be absolutely horrifying. As a progressive liberal, I am appalled at this horrible “trade” deal, and what it will do to the internet, our environment, domestic jobs, etc. I find it to be very much something a Republican would pass. So yes, I am damn well going to criticize him for it. And I don’t give a damn if he is black, white, Asian or an Eskimo. I don’t care what his color is, or his religion, or anything else about him. A bad deal is a bad deal.

There has also been a lot of sexism in our country’s past. But I reject any claims that I don’t want Hillary Clinton as my president because I am “sexist.” I WILL be voting for a woman in this election. It simply won’t be THIS woman. There is almost nothing about this person (regardless of what sex she is) that I like or trust or agree with. I don’t find her very “liberal.” She is extremely hawkish (in a totally Republican kind of way), and she has been involved in a lot of corruption. If you refuse to see that, simply because you want a woman president, then it looks like you are the “sexist,” not me. I am perfectly able to see her for what she is. I really don’t care if she is a woman. That is not even any kind of a factor for why I refuse to vote for her. It’s her actions and words that keep me from voting for her.

Ask yourself this: If Barack Obama was a white man, would you be more inclined to criticize him for things you don’t agree with? If Hillary Clinton was a man, or a Republican, would you still be sticking by “him,” or would you call him out for what he actually is? Or if the last name wasn’t Clinton, would you look at her in a different light?

Too many people are brainwashed in this country into thinking everyone on the Right is bad, and everyone on the Left is good (or vice versa, if you are a conservative voter). I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat. If some people want to say I am not a true liberal, simply because I’m not a Democrat, then so be it. I don’t really care what you label me. I know where I stand on issues. Some people simply have tunnel vision and cannot think outside the box. They believe voting for a third party candidate is “throwing your vote away” or “helping the enemy,” simply because they have been brainwashed into thinking that way by the 2 major parties, and by the media. We need a paradigm shift in our thinking patterns. We need to break out of this horrible “vote the lesser of 2 evils” way of thinking that has never done us any good.

Ask yourself this: If you consider yourself a liberal, and you proudly proclaim yourself to be a lifelong Democrat, what line in the sand does the Democratic Party have to cross to make you say, “No, this is not the Democratic Party anymore… and they no longer stand for what they used to stand for, and I cannot go along with it”?

Does a party that now stands for big business, Wall Street, the TPP, perpetual war, fracking, the fossil fuel industry, big money donors, (etc) actually sound like a liberal party to you??? Does that not actually sound like what the Republican Party used to stand for, before they went Tea Party crazy? If so, is that really okay with you that your own party no longer stands for the poor and Middle Class, except to pay empty lip service to them (because they know they need their vote)?? As an African-American, do you really feel the Democratic Party is looking out for your best interests?? And don’t answer that question, based on whether you think the Republicans are bad or not. We already know they are. But does that mean that anything the Democrats do is “okay” simply because it’s not quite as horrible as what the Republicans are doing?

I can’t stress this enough to people: Stop looking at everything through a partisan lens. Don’t just blindly vote for Clinton because you are scared of Trump. Don’t just vote for Trump simply because you hate Clinton. Actually look at the facts. Stop listening to MSNBC or Fox News or CNN, because they are all biased in their own ways towards one party or the other. Actually look at alternative news sources. Read foreign news articles about what happens in our country. Usually it will be more factual, because it won’t be partisan.

I hear so much misinformation out there. Like, I heard some Democrat repeat the same incorrect statement that the Green Party only runs for office every 4 years, and only for President. That is simply not true. They run for many different offices in America, and they don’t only run every 4 years. I also keep hearing that same tired lie that Ralph Nader is the reason why George W. Bush won the presidency. That is also not true. There were thousands of Democratic voters who actually voted for Bush. So Nader has been used as a scapegoat for Al Gore’s loss, and it’s simply not warranted. People are too lazy to actually go find out the truth.

We need to stop looking at everything that happens in America through a distorted, partisan lens. It’s the reason why we are now in the mess we are in, with 2 candidates that most of America does not trust, like or want. Shame on all of us.

 

 

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