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  •  I think the deliberate division into 'left' and (10+ / 0-)

    'right', 'liberal' or 'conservative' is damaging to simply actually getting useful things done for the people of the country.

    We should not simply 'sign on' to any policy, any program because it comes from 'the left' or 'the right', but rather demand that any new change or program starts with a trial period that evaluates the actual effects of the change, and then is re-evaluated and altered or ended as needed based upon those results, and that ideas shown to work incredibly badly are simply abandoned, not brought back over and over again simply because they fit a given ideology.

    We have gridlock in DC these days because far too many in office simply are locked into ideology, and treat making new legislation as blood-sport, rather than a way to actually help Americans, judging 'success' upon how well any change fits their ideology, rather than whether or not it helps the vast bulk of America.

    •  Blood Sport is apt description for legislators who (2+ / 0-)

      represent constituents fueled by the digital soapbox--Internet Forums, Social Media, talk radio, cable news--that simply validates extremism piled upon more extremism. Politics has become increasingly personal and vindictive and the loser is the marketplace of ideas.

      “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” Richard Nixon, 1977.

      by Kvetchnrelease on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 06:46:29 AM PST

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    •  This diary suggests a substitute for lert/right (9+ / 0-)

      One side is the folks who might be willing to debate those who disagree with them.  The other side is ready to condemn those who disagree with them to death.

      By the way, I can sympathize with folks who don't want to bother debating people who disagree with them.  Sometimes (often) it can be obvious early on that trying to reason with someone will be a waste of time.  In that situation being dismissive makes sense; being derisively dismissive is impolite but probably saves you the trouble of having the conversation again -- and it doesn't deny the other person's right to exist.

      We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

      by david78209 on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 07:41:00 AM PST

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      •  A substitute for the leFt/right dichotomy is what (2+ / 0-)
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        I meant.  

        A shorthand might be "Opponent is wrong"/"Opponent should die".

        We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

        by david78209 on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 07:42:52 AM PST

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        •  On some occasions maybe "Opponent is wrong" cld (0+ / 0-)

          be phrased, "I fear I wasn't as clear as I should have been--let me illustrate my position this way."

          The right of the women of this State to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches shall not be violated by the State legislature.

          by Mayfly on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 04:20:50 PM PST

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