“… sometimes, I f-e-e-l, like a motherless ch-i-i-i-ld.”, actually I have lately been feeling like a brother-less moderate; the partisanship is getting thick in here, ma!
On both the Left and Right pundits are increasingly obsessed with avoiding objectivity and demonizing the opposition; which is all the more opposite for having been forced further into toxic polarity by the aggression of “Our Heroes”, whichever party to which they may be ideologically attached. The theme of the first two decades of the new millennium seems to be, “Life in America will be utopia just as soon as we control the herd (also known as citizens) enough to eliminate the opposition party from participation in the body politic!!!”
If you want to know how someone really feels about Free Speech or Censorship simply ask them about a case involving someone or something they themselves oppose; be prepared to be stunned at the number of proto-fascists amongst your friends and family. Very few people today, especially those under 35, seem to care about the basic principals of innocence before guilt or that of protecting minority speech in order to protect your own. Today everyone with a public seems to be in love with the notion that good intentions will always lead ultimately to Heaven, once selfish, nasty evil intentioned bad-guys are pushed from office. The problem is that they abound on both sides of every debate in sight!
I have pointed out many times that the major problems with our system are things that neither side wishes to repair; political “reform” is virtually always a smokescreen for shoving one group out of power while another group takes that same power to use for their own ends.
All the campaign finance reform bills – the voting district gerrymandering acts, the “crime” bills, all the family and child protection “reforms” just hide the hand of one thief stealing from the previous thief who stole from the thief before that something that belongs to the people, namely political power.
All that is needed to repair our government is for the voters to demand an end to all privately financed campaigning. If every candidate for every elective office from town cop to President of the United States drew from a equally divided pools of funds our political horizons would clear within ten years after such a rule went into effect; an additional benefit could be obtained by forbidding anyone from receiving payment for their time (as opposed to just covering their transportation and lodging expenses) while lobbying a government office or official.
The sad fact is that for most of our nation’s history any politician known to have accepted any contribution from a business interest would immediately have been seen as “tainted” in the voters’ eyes and been highly unlikely to be elected, or if incumbent, re-elected.
The sadder fact, Virginia, is that it is easy to makes evil changes to a society if you take a long enough view.