My Political Blog:
Points to Ponder, &
Other Bits & Pieces...
Points to Ponder, &
Other Bits & Pieces...
Would you think me lying if I were to point out that I have a lot in common with "Social Justice Warriors" and the other more vocal Left-leaning individuals out there?
I really do. No, not with respect to ideology. I'm not on the Left, not even close; I consider myself firmly on the Right. Perhaps even close to the far (but not extreme) Right. I offer up no duplicitous assertions that I am "just to the Right of middle," that I am "moderate-Right," or some such deceptive characterization. I yam what I yam. Again, it's not ideology that binds me to SJWs and other Left-leaning folk. Instead, I share a great deal of similarity with the them in this respect: that which drives me to articulate and to advance my ideology.
I'll explain as I go along. But let me first confess and acknowledge the obvious: that I post a lot of political and philosophical stuff on my Facebook page.
Yeah, I know. That's some marvelous acknowledgement, some profound confession there Doug. After all, anyone who even casually follows my Facebook posts (or my blog posts here on www.justanotherdoug.com) can easily see how overwhelmingly political and philosophical my posts are.
What may be news, however, is how I view my desire to post political and philosophical items: I see it as pretty much the same sort of desire that drives SJWs and even run-of-the-mill Left-leaning folk.
I am, like they are, motivated to share and to trumpet what I consider to be "good," "useful," or even "righteous" posts, articles, and ideas. I'll go as far as to say that the only other difference between the "SJWs"/Leftists and me is only a matter of degree.
Think about it. Are some of you not, on occasion, just a little annoyed about how often I post political content? Are not some of you so annoyed, at times, that when you see a new Facebook post by "Douglas Goode" you immediately roll your eyes--and quickly scroll your mouse with break-neck speed--past my screed?
Of course you do. No, I don't take it personally. I know that my very actions and behaviors often encourage others to ignore my posts. I own up to the risks I take. I'm not a victim here in any sense of the imagination.
Here's the deal: our God-given right to speak our minds does not mean we have a right to be heard. Or even listened to.
More important than all that, however, is this: the whole "similar desire thing" I mention above serves as a point of connection, if you will, between a Right-leaning man like me and Left-leaning folks.
It's not just a point of connection, but it is also a common thread among us. A profound common thread. A non-trivial common thread. I, and they, want to see the world become a better place. I, and they, are highly motivated to share and to speak and to argue for what I/they consider to be "right."
We just choose dramatically different means of seeking to implement that change.
I seek to convince others of my point of view. I do so, at times, with intense and profound passion. But little more: you are free to ignore me at will. Scroll past my screeds with abandon.
But the SJW's and the more passionate of the Left-leaning folk out there? Do they seek to convince in the arena of ideas, or do they seek to compel through intimidation or even through the full force of Law?
The answer to this is as obvious. It's as obvious as how plainly political most of my posts are. The mere fact that Leftists shoved the laughably named "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" down our throats--with not one "yea" vote from Republicans--is proof enough of this. The mere fact that "Black Lives Matter" activists cause all manner of property damage, traffic delays, and other riot-like episodes is another instance of obvious proof.
The trick is to see past this, and seek to weave what few common threads we have into a strong fabric. The fabric of the Civil Society is incredibly threadbare these days. Frightfully threadbare. These precious few common threads must be nurtured, and must be painstakingly crafted so as to repair and restore the terrible tears in the Civil Society's fabric.
Otherwise, we will find that we will have to work with other fabrics. Fabrics like emergency compression bandages, and perhaps even battlefield dressings. James T. Hodgkinson's actions last week in Alexandria, VA illustrate this last statement far more viscerally than I could ever achieve.
I am a happily married middle-aged man who served his country as a nuclear-trained US Navy sailor during the peacetime years of the late 1980s. I re-entered civilian life before the First Gulf War. Though I trained for war as part of my military duties, I saw no combat during my service. War games were as close to combat, and its perils, that I ever got.