Originally Posted by Phyllis Sidhe_Uaine
I need some clearheaded people who can help me understand what the fook is going on here so I can make the best use of my vote come 5, June.
Greetings, Phyllis Sidhe_Uaine.
I had written, some years ago, a response to a thread concerning a singular issue where aspects of various media forms and their audiences were outlined. Those comments have not suffered sufficient change.
Recent events, with the so-called "ninety-nine percent" issue, have involved the INTERNET most heavily and contain much in the way of slogans and rampant emotionalism with little, if any, reason to support the arguments presented. Key concepts remain undefined so that a serious discussion of the manifold issues may not long endure without it devolving into name-calling and mud-slinging which, in most cases, end up biased along emotional appeals to lines drawn upon the shifting sands of the headless body politic. The infirm footing of the 99% issue alone has revamped itself to be now known as the 1% issue or, as it may be seen, from "us" to "them" thereby re-directing the focus and with it the burden of proof of further discussions concerning that particular issue.
Such appears to be the operating principals of U.S.A politics today.
With that mentioned is should serve as a reminder that an informed and reasoned voting population is that which was envisioned by the Founders of this Nation and that, even at the outset, they also had their doubts.
So the best advice that I might offer, for this and future political conundrums, is to obtain as much information on both sides of the issue, examine and adopt the denoted definition of the word "reason," then apply one's innate critical thinking abilities to reduce the so-called complex issues into their constituent parts, weight the outcomes, re-assemble the ensuing mess into to something one may act upon, in good conscience, with the focus being placed upon how it will effect, in both the short and long term (to include future generations), one's fellow countrymen both pro and con.
But, then again, one may flip a coin or ignore the whole mess entirely.
As for me,
"It matters not what course others may take,"
I shall have a cup of tea.