Welcome to Consensus-Causcus.blogspot.com, a place for common sense politics. We are left of center here, but mostly centrist, so if you classify yourself as someone that doesn't go for compromise on any issue then you've come to the wrong place. It’s Labor Day in an even-numbered year so that means the silly season is upon us and I’m hitting the road again, tilting my pen at windmills to promote agendas, policy and people who commit treason nowadays – they want to work with others to create a better country.
I’d like to remind people, young people in particular, that our politics wasn't like this all the time. America isn’t a perfect place and none of its institutions are flawless and while the Constitution and our forefathers are to be respected, revered and even loved, they are and continue to be works of humans, and therefore imperfect. Anybody that tells you there is only one way to live or one “tried and true” answer to our problems are selling something, religion or ideology, and both are anathema to good government. Don’t get me wrong, they have their place, almost everything was thought of in the Constitution, but they, like the branches of government are limited and contained – and should be.
Divisions based on religion and ideology are facts of life, but today they have become too broad and deep, and I’m worried that the pluralistic assumptions on which the Document is based (an acknowledgement that groups will form to promote their interests, coalescing and reforming as those issues change with time), is being attacked and questioned by a view that there are only two kinds of people – us and them. We are a two party system and will likely always be that way, but the parties have always been broad enough to represent more than one group, and didn't require absolute loyalty to the party platform. Once you demand loyalty to platform and exclude diversity of people and ideas, without recognition that the other side may have a valid point, you have an ideology.
Both parties get that way every so often, it’s nothing new, and that’s where the center must do its job – to crack them – point out the inherent contradictions in ideology and the Constitution’s barrier’s to absolute power, and also to bring people of good will together. The pendulum of American politics swings both ways as our needs change, and for someone to try and rope the pendulum to one side or another by rigging the system, is dirty trick – but allowed in America and adds spice to our politics. Time usually cuts the rope and the pendulum swings back with a vengeance. Our journey here will be to ensure the pendulum swings freely and easily moving the country forward at an even pace.
It’s Labor Day. Enjoy the day, Constant Reader. Tomorrow is when we get to work and November is just around the corner. For the record, I get my polling stats from realclearpolitics.com - but the articles posted there have become lame and from the same sources of division, rarely do I see a piece there that promotes working together. I encourage the Constant Reader to read to read at least two articles, one from each side of an issue wherever you get your news and opinions – and of course, make a trip back here occasionally, I try to write once a week during the fall of an election year, sometimes more, sometimes I miss. If you like me, share, re-post, you know – help me out. Thank you for your time.