Whenever I sat down and wrote my last post, I strayed a little from my original idea. I was going to highlight the ideological inconsistency prevalent in both of the major parties. Instead, I wrote on units and methods of measuring the centrist demographic. So, because my brain won’t let it go, I am obliged to you to explain the lack of coherence in today’s political discourse.
To begin, what is coherence? A quick search on Google returns two things; ‘being logical and consistent’ and/or ‘forming a unified whole.’ At best, our two major political parties fall well short of the mark if these are the new standards by which today’s political organizations are judged. It’s no wonder why, then, they squirm whenever they hear the word.
For instance, ‘being logical and consistent,’ presents a serious challenge to any group that claims to be the champion of an individual’s rights as it works to codify a public morality; i.e. the right to bear arms vs. a ban on the marriage of two consenting adults. Not one to leave anyone out, it is equally illogical and inconsistent to maintain the status quo when it comes to a social safety net as that net stretches to it’s breaking point.
As for the second measure, given our political system’s propensity for pitting demographic and ideological minorities against each other, we’ve created one hell of a divided, partisan, and polarized electorate. It’s gotten so bad that we literally have a political “no man’s land” when it comes to our Congressional representation. [See two items generated by Pew Research Center on this subject; one dealing primarily with Congress, the other with Congress and the public].
But as bad as parties can be, they’re still forged in the desires of the people they represent. Says Pew at the end of it’s article, ‘The polarized Congress of today has its roots in the 1970s’ –
According to our study, while 56% of Americans say they prefer politicians who are willing to compromise, in practice both across-the-board conservatives and across-the-board liberals say the end result of compromise should be that their side gets more of what it wants.
That being the case, I urge you to challenge yourself in three ways; to understand the other side of the issues you care about most, to remember that it’s about more than that issue alone, and to realize some things are better left off the table altogether.
Thanks for reading,