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Is Left-Right Thinking Enough to Solve Our Problems

Original post made by Educated on Jun 23, 2011

Recently I was involved in a post about the budget and taxes. Then "just saying" responded with a statement that jolted my mind. Here's the statement

"M* argues with the same old label-identity politics that most likely frames the way info is processed and conclusions drawn."

Okay, a little out of context, but the point is: Are we using slightly old delineations of political right-wrong / left-right / red-blue to solve a problem that is inherently more complex in nature. Maybe we should lose the black-white mind-set and use a little more "gray" matter to solve the problems not only at the local level but also the state and national levels as well. America has lost ground. I'm not sure it's coming back. I'm not sure politicians represent the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz. There's an important presidential election coming right around the corner. The sky didn't fall like we thought it would, although the river is still rising as our lives become engulfed by higher gas prices and a less certain future. I'm not saying that becoming Centric is the best way ... but I am saying that putting all my eggs in either the left or the right may lead us to the wrong conclusions ... just like "just saying" suggested.

Comments (6)

Posted by taxpayer, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:36 am

Interesting thoughts. Every time that labels are used there is the potential to get it all wrong. One example is myself -- I am a union member who disagrees completely with power grabs by unions. They should be for safety and enforcement of labor laws, not to build an empire that protects those who are least competent.
I am adamantly opposed to new taxes that do not tax all people equally, yet I am a registered Democrat. I believe in less government whenever possible but I stand far away from anything that smacks of the tea party.
I oppose much about affirmative action, yet I am a minority in a non-traditional job. I did not get it via affirmative action BTW.
Labeling people as left/right/by color or in any other way only leads to conclusions that are not based on facts.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:59 am

Stacey is a registered user.

The answer to your question is no. What problems have ever been solved by ideology?


Posted by Mellow Fellow, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

Stacey. You're right the answer is NO. The only question I have for you and others then is why do we use extreme political views to deal with the practicalities of our lives? Incidentally, I'm one of your fans, so be gentle.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Mellow Fellow,

Political parties desire to maintain their positions of power. The party platforms of the Democrats and Republicans would be unrecognizable to party members from 100 years ago. They position and posture and put forth extreme ideas in order to maintain a large enough party base through changing popular opinions to hold onto power.

By ideology, I mean ideas that are unproven or speculative. The Republican and Democratic Parties (as parties, not individual members) are always trying to claim proof of their ideas. Some things are hard to prove and ideals usually require 100% of people to conform. When the results don't match, when they're not 100%, that's where some turn to oppression and other oppressive behavior, such as playing label-identity games, believing the ends justify the means.


Posted by Head Shaker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm

[Post removed because it addressed another commenter and not the issue.}


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

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