Mort Sahl would start his stand-up by showing a chart of Left, Right, and Center of the political spectrum saying that we needed the correct nomenclature to describe the politics of people. The U.S. has always seen its politics through this lens and as Mort Sahl fractured each column into more nuanced columns he admitted that you could continue to do this on-and-on.
With access to the World Wide-Web developers of political commentary are flooding and saturating the internet with blogs, videos, podcasts, and etc. That’s a good thing (as I explained in my last post). With all these broadcasts there seems to continue to be a distinction that we as voters must continue to perceive our politics as Left and Right, that self-determined individuals cannot unite on issues that interest them without the favor or endorsement of one of the two parties that represent the whole country is inconceivable or, to put it kindly; ignorant (naive at best).
There are bloggers that have seen through the veneer of restrictive sectarian labels and to the humanity that unites us all, they write with the hope that our humanity will coalesce us together over common rivals and issues that threaten us all. However, decades have divided us and these labels have entrenched into our culture, society, politics, education, and our minds; an analogous minefield.
When a blogger, vlogger or any developer ventures into politics they need to beware that other pundits will look to criticize and scrutinize what they write, and the way they write it. Pick your battles. Think about the outcome of your writing, will it be misinterpreted? Will there be a fallout? Mort Sahl understood his audience and spoke to it effectively, although I think his commentary was a bit shallow and was a response to the narrative of the time (i.e. Stalin was a “leftist”), he was less concerned about the consequence of such comments, because they were already wildly promoted.
No matter what extreme or radicalization of Left or Right, or Center we identify ourselves with, we all share our humanity. Maybe not all the same priorities.
I don’t wait for people to agree or promote my views, values, or beliefs, there are some people you can’t get through to, but, those issues and problems I’m concerned with I know will strike at the humanity and the things that those people value and that they may eventually come around (like some have with the ACA). As an individual I would not deny those people I disagree with the positive or gainful dividends of the things I promote or value. I do hope that through education that we can teach or demonstrate the thinking that results in benefits to them, their families, the community, and effectively the world.