Today I’m going outside my usual personal blogging bounds to comment on politics. I’m also going to break my own rule about participating in the specious “left versus right” struggle here, if only for a moment.
You see, my mind was wandering [as usual] when an image of an elephant, uh, seen from a posterior perspective, came into view, somehow associated with the Republican Party.
So I took a little while to create this graphic.
Now that I have your attention, the thing that has me fired up recently is how the debate in the United States is almost entirely about how we fight amongst ourselves. News stories about other countries almost never connect to events and policies within the United States.
It’s as if we (Americans, remember) live in a separate universe. We don’t.
When forced to actually think about what other countries are doing we whip out our “Not Invented Here” logic. Even President Obama caved in to this at the beginning of the healthcare reform debate when he talked about “…a uniquely American solution…”.
Could it be that other countries have actually solved some healthcare problems? That the Europeans have good ideas about clean energy?
Ideas that we might actually adopt?
The Time Magazine article of February 18, 2010, “Why Washington Is Tied Up in Knots”, is a fine summary of the internal struggles we put ourselves through, and The TAKEAWAY’s series Frustration Nation was a good series of broadcasts.
But neither dealt with what I see as the 800 pound gorilla in the room (no, not an elephant!). Most of the thems we talk about every day are actually more us than “them”.
At least the Democrats and Republicans are opposing political parties. But the anti-incumbent movement has finally come full circle by considering as them the politicians that we elected.
Sure, the Republicans are going way overboard in their all out opposition to healthcare reform, and I bristle at party line votes in general. It’s simply unbelievable that every Democrat or every Republican holds identical views.
Moving forward, we [Americans] need to become a bit more nationalistic (it’s okay, other nations do it), and a lot less factional. In case my sledgehammer isn’t clear enough, I mean we should talk openly about possible solutions instead of the constant parroting of “[within our borders only] talking points”.
Otherwise we will never deal with the urgent issues facing our nation; the mountains of money leaving our shores, our dependence on [foreign] fossil fuel, the millions of immigrants coming in or the skyrocketing costs of healthcare.