Monday, December 20, 2004

Across the Great Divide

Over the last few days, I've been listening to Air America, the "Al Franken" radio network. I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that liberal talk radio is hardly an improvement over the conservative version. The ads are different. More socially conscious PSAs. But content and calls pitched only to one set of ears.

I thought I'd enjoy hearing rants similar to ones I tend to launch myself—especially after taking infuriating tastes of RushSeanSavage&Co. and wanting to hurl back replies to their lies and contradictions. But thus far, it's not working for me. People I should agree with sound just as intolerant and blinded to the real complexity of life.

Example: Flogging Rumsfeld for not signing the letters of condolence to the families of US military casualties. So far, so good. But then they go off on how Rumsfeld doesn't know anything about anything military. Reality is more complex and much scarier—how someone who actually knows so much could still hold Rumsfeld's values and act with such obtuseness.

My mission with this blog is to find a way across the great divide in this country... Or rather, the many divides that have emerged. It will be a personal path, starting from my history and my place in the world, but I want to leave some markers for others. Who knows? It might turn into a road worth following.


Blogger Mikayla Starstuff said...

Wow, you have just echoed just what I've been thinking for the last several months. I think I'm a liberal leaning moderate (I used to call myself conservative, but my political views have been in flux lately--caused by changes in religious views among other things), and I can't stand mudslinging from either side. The world is to complex to divide it into "us versus the idiots."

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