Posts Tagged ‘Partisan Politics’

WE NEED INFORMATION TO DRAW CONCLUSIONS

April 5, 2017

One of the biggest mistakes most people make is drawing information from only one source or sources of only one dimension. In order to arrive at a conclusion (a reasoned decision based on facts and evidence), a person has to avail themselves to all facts and information possible. The conclusion must be drawn without regard for personal preferences or desired outcome.

The reason, as I see it, for the extreme divisiveness between our political viewpoints at present is that most people are predetermined to accept a particular result. They (we), refuse to consider evidence contrary to the desired conclusion. Neutral thinking is no longer taught, learned or accepted.

We, of the general public, must rely on the sincerity of the source(s) from which we derive our conclusions. Unfortunately, very few of those origins are unbiased. The information our government affords the public always has a slant or bias. Politicians believe they are responsible for determining how we must feel and think. To remain in office, it is necessary for them to influence how we think.

We all have dispositions toward particular radio and TV stations. We tend to read books, newspapers and magazines that generally agree with our viewpoints. We gravitate to information that reinforces and builds upon what we inherently know or believe.

Introducing nonconforming data into preferential thought frustrates the mind, thus it is disregarded. When such happens, when we discard facts or evidence because it conflicts with a foregone conclusion, we diminish our capacity for reason. We subject ourselves to invalid consequence due to illegitimate presumptions.

Our political system, meant to be adversarial, has become viciously antagonistic. Democrats refuse to work with Republicans because they are not Democrats. Republicans likewise block proposals offered by Democrats. Compromise to modern politicians is ‘you agree with me or else’! Correspondingly, the public takes similar positions. President Trump is not protested for what he has done politically. He is disavowed and derided because he is not a Democrat.

The lack of civil political discourse by those in office as well as the citizens who elect them is exactly why we had to endure the past eight years. It is the reason for the polar change to a character and style of complete opposite.

There is no middle ground in politics today because we refuse to listen and accept that which is different from what we ‘inherently’ know or want to be true. There is no compromise or concession. We have enacted rule by edict and opposition by anger over the past decade. The future does not look pretty.

The average life expectancy of a democracy is 200 years. We have exceeded that mark. We need to look at what we’re doing to our country and our individual lives. We must look at, see and consider both sides within the political arena before moving forward. As a society, we’re not making good decisions.

The governments of Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil and China only serve those in charge. Are your decisions derived from full information?

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TAX WAIVERS FOR SOME

May 14, 2013

With all the hoopla about the IRS delaying opportunities for conservative groups to be certified tax exempt, allowing them to accept donations and funding, something seems forgotten.

I know that Democrats, in large, are defending the IRS.  They say that, once again, any investigative committees would be partisan and a great Right Wing Conspiracy.  They, including President Obama, say that the IRS was not selective in their scrutiny, in spite of the fact that the IRS has already admitted it and apologized.

However, I have not heard a single word about how the harassment kept Tea Party groups and others from raising money to defeat the Liar-in-Chief last year.  Not a word has been yet spoken about that.

Also obviously silent, is Organizing for America.  They are not complaining about any undo holdup or requests for burdensome paperwork due in 15 days like conservative groups.  There have been no accusations of lengthy delays before receiving multi-page requests for unnecessary or unwarranted information.  To date, no mandates for donor list, contributor list, volunteer names, etc. for them.  And, unlike conservative groups, some of which still await NPO status after 2+ years, OFA was granted their tax waiver within 90 days.  Could that be because it’s Obama’s baby?

I predict that he will be the board member with the strongest and loudest voice for OFA when he terms out at his present do-nothing but vacation and party occupation.  I say board member because it will make it easier to continue deflecting responsibility and accountability away from himself.  As Executive Director, he would have to take all his loyal devotees from the government in order to survive.  He needs to keep as many of them as possible in place.  It will be much easier for him to sit in the wings, perhaps as Chairman of the Board, and have his strings are pulled as they are now, conveying the wishes of his hard-core, one world government handlers.  When it all crumbles, the Executive Director is fired, replaced and the shenanigans continue.

At any rate, the man who wants to tax everybody and everything got his tax waiver approved in short order and without hardship.  But there was no partisanship!