“For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to… The Outer Limits.”
“The Outer Limits” was a respected, but short-lived, science fiction television program from the early Sixties. Most episodes featured a “bear,” a monster of some sort, that provided the focal point for the show.
Our current political/social landscape has it’s own elements of “the Outer Limits.” Both sides, Right and Left, create their own “bears” to drive their ideological agendas. For the GOP, Tea Baggers and Libertarians the “bear” is the Federal Government. For Democrats and progressives, the “bear” is largely Corporations and Christian-driven social agendas.
Granted, the previous statement is a gross over-simplification, but the point is made. There are elements on all sides that push the limits by demonizing the institution or ideology that fuels their ire.
Currently, their is a war within the Republican Party that threatens to purge even slightly moderate members and to be seen even in the least bit willing to work with Democrats is a virtual death warrant.
To their credit, Democrats are much less ideologically driven, but we have our own “lunatic fringe” that can’t support any semblance of compromise. To be sure, some issues, Gay Rights for example, have no room for compromise, but not all issues are quite so clearly defined.
“Politics is a process by which groups of people make collective decisions.”
The above is the definition of politics from Wiki.
Well, do you see room for compromise on some issues, if so, what are they? Do you have your own personal “bear” or “bears” and what are they?
William Stephenson Clark