There Are 'Wingnuts' on Both Ends
By Lee McGraw
Special to The Pilot
I was recently reminded just why we pick the presidential and congressional candidates we do. It is not that they are the perfect person or that they offer exact replication of our personal beliefs. No. It is a matter of what most closely fits us.
Now, combine that and the fact that we can just lazily pull the idiot lever to allow all candidates under a party to get in office, regardless of how bad some are, and there you have Washington. We find the platform that is best suited (not ideal), to us, and then we go with it.
The far left is unhappy with Obama because he is not liberal enough, but they will stay with that horse because he is the best thing they have. The moderate Dems like him, so there is no problem there. He received a huge percentage of the minority vote; we will see how that shakes out. Obama's only concern in 2012 will be pleasing the folks in the middle of the political scale.
That will be the same folks that the Republican choice will have to go after. In fact, the Republicans should let the middle section of America choose the nominee if there is any hope of winning. Many left of the middle will. Those just to the right of the middle will be more than happy and the right will grumble, but choose that person anyway.
The far right (whom Pilot columnist Dusty Rhoades calls the wingnuts) will freak out, but then they will do what they do and vote Republican.
Make no mistake about it. The far left does not vote Republican and the far right does not vote Democratic. If you hear something different, they are either lying or their brother is running for office. The overall belief system of a party (the smell test) really is the bottom line.
Political parties are forever changing their makeup. (Lincoln was a Republican.) Many have switched to the Republican Party because the Democrats have gone too liberal for their taste and vice versa.
The overwhelming portion of citizens I know all believe in some compromise. They strongly dislike stupid labels placed on parties - like saying all Democrats are freeloaders on the taxpayers' backs or all Republicans are callous rich people destined for the "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" Museum under the category of "Living Human With No Heart."
That is how absurd some bloggers get. Then again, most of them hide behind a screen name and are way one-sided. I have recommended a "blogger Taser" for those who screech hate across their keyboard. It would mount on a laptop much like the camera, but with a jolting Taser that would be activated by a wingnut. So far it is not legal, but it sure makes me smile!
I have a pretty broad range of friends and acquaintances who are registered across the board - Dems, Republicans and independents. None of us alienate each other because of a small section of our chosen party or something silly done therein. Most of us have plenty that we can discuss and agree on.
Somewhere out there on the left and the right, we have to put a wall up and ignore those comments. You know the comments - one-sided, mean, closed-minded and destructive at worst, stagnant at best.
Back to Dusty. One reason I like him is because I know where he stands, even though we are far apart. I once asked him what he calls the far left. He had other names, but none as good as wingnuts. I am officially stealing the term from him and applying it to both ends of the scale. Get those two factions out of the way, agree to disagree, and agree to listen - listen - and things can happen.
The Democrats know they can only have just so much of their way and have a broad spectrum of people to please. Republicans will either get sincere about the vast numbers in the middle or lose big. Whatever happens, compromising with others can be done without sacrificing and compromising our actual beliefs.
Provided we are not a wingnut.
Lee McGraw lives in Carthage.
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