I would like to explain why I do not like to discuss political issues on this blog. First, there are many blogs where these issues can be discussed or debated or argued. Second, there are many blogs where the blogger is presents a strong political opinion about various political issues. I see no reason that I should be just another one of these.
I do, however, want to bring up histortical political issues. If I haven't yet, I will. For instance, I am contemplating a blog about the Civil War. There is pretty much nothing more political than that. So I am not afraid of political issues or politics itself.
I avoid political issues because I think people do not know, for the most part, where they stand on the political spectrum. The extreme folks pretty much know they are on the edge. But the majority of the rest all think they are moderates, close to the middle, pretty much mainstream. Very few of those will call themselves liberals or conservatives. You will know the liberals because they will call themselves progressives. The conservatives will tell you they are fiscal conservatives if pressed.
You see, liberal and conservative have become "bad words".
We get these distorted images of the political positions because of the extremists of each side. And no one wants to be seen as an extremist. So everyone is middle of the road. Until you mention the one issue (or two or three) that triggers their emotions. That's when you find out what political stratum they really belong to.
Now, you really don't want to know about my politics. Though you can probably figure them out by reading my comments on other more politically oriented blogs. But here I can truly be middle of the road. Just hanging out in the median. With everyone else.
A Night Unremembered
6 years ago