What's a third rail anymore? Once upon a time when President Kennedy splashed in the White House pool with call girls and Yankee greats caroused their nights away, stories were swept under the media rug. But is there any subject we can't discuss now? Our entire world has blended together like some cultural juicer. So why should sex, religion or politics be too hot to handle?
Since online dating hasn't gone well with me lately and I have religious ADD, I'll talk politics. As I mentioned when I first blogged in, I am a neocon. Had I been politically aware/cognizant in the 1960s, I might very well have been a Democrat, back when the party actually had a wing of foreign policy/economic hawks with moderate-liberal domestic views. JFK, Humphrey, Scoop Jackson. As the party hurtled leftward, I felt abandoned and became a Republican. Hey hey, no hissing, that isn't polite. I haven't boiled a baby in several months now.
Yet I'm one of those people who actually votes for the candidate, not the party. What a notion in 2009, huh? While my vote is often cast for a Republican, I did vote for Bubba in 1992 because I felt George the First didn't deserve re-election, and I voted for Lieberman for VP in 2000 (put my thumb over Gore's name) because I worried about any son of George HW Bush. Especially given the anti-Semites he retained such as James Baker.
That said, I have strong views on many issues. And it seems that, in Obama's America, you can only have strong views if you agree with him and his sweet pals (Hello, but doesn't Nancy Pelosi remind all you guys of your nasty first wife?). Now I'm not getting into all the various details of ObamaCare. What I'm talking about is why can't we all talk anymore? It's like we are all old married couples (Without the sex. Wait, that is redundant).
Polarization is becoming toxic. The promised bi-partisanship of The 44th President was a myth as was many of his promises. But this is about more than the current occupant of the White House or Speaker of the House. Or the Loyal Opposition because I'm not letting my Republican peeps off the hook either. We have a media gone mad. Can anyone really stand those insane talking heads from the left and right anymore? You already know what they're going to say. Can anyone bother with the hysterical books from the left and the right? The non-stop, 24-7 coverage of every little droplet exaggerated into an ocean of misinformation. What is the truth anymore? Who is vetting the facts for us poor folks who work every day and pay the taxes and worry about health insurance (not Congress and the President 'cause they have their own plans, ahem).
So maybe I sound a little too non-partisan even as my views are partisan. I don't care for the policies of this Administration and would be delighted to see Mr. Obama become a full-time law professor in January 2013, but I still have a right to be heard. I might even disagree with the GOP, too. But if all we ever do is shout at each other how can we make ourselves understood?
Unless no one really wants to understand the other point of view anymore. Unless we are in danger of becoming individual enclaves, carbon-based lifeforms unto ourselves, increasingly detached, exacerbated by the solitary temptations of cyber-space. Once we were a nation of neighborhoods, united in a way. Now I don't know. If this Administration tries stifling dissent, like the lid on a boiling pot, I fear it will only build up the pressure and the you-know-what will hit the fan.
Where is Barry Goldwater when we need him now?