Recently, I have encountered individuals who hold fast to their political parties religiously. Taking the stance that if anyone makes disparaging remarks that slightly resemble a slam against their political affiliations, that that person must be a complete antagonist.
The irony is that these same individuals and their party members will pay for TV and Internet service and watch shows such as The Daily Show, Jimmy Fallon, Colbert, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Saturday Night Live and admire such humorists as Will Rogers and Mark Twain, all whose primary targets are politicians and their political parties and platforms. Thus, the term "politically sensitive" becomes an oxymoron.
In study, I have recognized patterns of choices and belief systems amongst the voting population. These are tendencies, not "set in stone" facts.
The population that tends to support the Republican Party and Tea Party and identify themselves as "conservatives" tend to be landowners and investors in both the stock market and banking systems.
The population that tends to support the Democratic Party and are identified as "liberals" tend to work in the service industries and are often paid by the government systems, such as educators, law enforcement, public service and blue collar, health and security workers.
Both populations strongly support their way of life.
Then there is a most interesting conflict of political choices, the person who is fiscally Republican and socially Democratic or vice versa. Rarely do they stand a chance having conversations with "hard-liners."
We are fortunate to live in a country that allows us these choices, but what few people seem to acknowledge is that the conflict is healthy and keeps people from growing complacent, taking for granted their rights and responsibilities as the "Fourth Branch" of the United States government, also a part of the checks and balances of our political system.
"We, the people" of the United States are unique. Let us try to avoid making a cookie-cutter political system that slowly erases the liberties we take for granted. Keep on bickering, looking for the "better way." Endeavor to recognize that "liberty and justice" is truly for all.
Joy M. Eastman
No race card
I would like to thank John Booth for his favorable comments and criticism regarding my guest column of March 3. I welcome comments and criticism of my writing.
I do not, however, appreciate the distortion or misrepresentation of my work. My very brief comment about racism included the following: "there are still those racists who cannot accept an African-American president."
Those were my words and I believe them to be factual. Out of that simple and very direct comment, he said the following: "The implication could be that, if you strongly disagree with the policies and programs of this president and didn't vote for him, you are a racist."
Those are Mr. Booth's words – not mine. I do not understand how anyone could glean something so far afield from my written words or from my expressed intent.
One small paragraph out of the entire article happened to be about racism. So sorry that it bothered Mr. Booth so much. In my opinion, racism ranks right up there with extremist partisanship as barriers to the achievement of our national potential.
As for his assertion that I was pontificating, I would say that a little pontificating is often good for the soul.