Taste the rainbow. Now with metal shavings.
- Sep 25, 2020
While I agree with the concept in general the problem with this outlook is that it supposes that both sides are capable of coming together to find a solution for most of the problems on which they disagree. There are real irreconcilable differences between the right and left, and areas in which there's no room for compromise. For instance, how do you explain to (and convince) someone who wants the minimum wage to be raised that the problem could be solved alternatively by a considerable slowdown or even full-on halt of immigration, throwing out illegals, and policies that incentivize businesses to make their products in the U.S. instead of abroad?Note the emphasis on extreme polarization and intractable political differences.
When people talk about how the 9-to-5 is dreary and soulless, how no one can afford a home, how we're all increasingly up to our eyeballs in debt, how our foreign policy is insane and our public works are falling apart, the conversation is inevitably steered away from those things and back onto an approved set of hot-button issues that are intrinsically polarizing and yet do not threaten the ambitions of the extractor class; race, gender, sexuality, sexual liberation, gay marriage, et cetera. In other words, things that have nothing to do with money, wages, debts, labor, pensions, education, the economy and the balance of jobs in general, or any foreign or domestic policy of real-world importance or impact.
How do you convince someone who believes that college debt is a personal problem that shouldn't be solved by the government, that a government that's already in staggering amounts of debt should foot the bill instead of the person who took the loan?
How do you convince someone who believes in universal healthcare that a better start would be further regulation of insurance companies and hospitals?
I could go on and on, but I think you get my point. It's not as simple as "oh these are differences that could be put aside if we only came together". There's just some things that people simply either won't or can't negotiate. Not to even get into the fact that the social issues are viewed by either side as equally important, and not without good reason either. Nobody who has been paying attention to politics for the last two decades is blind to the fact that the concept of a slippery slope is not only real, but frighteningly efficient in it's ability to drastically change society in a short span of time. One day you get gay marriage, a few years later it's drag queen story time, then you've got trannies telling lesbians to "suck the girldick bigot". These issues and the consequence of them being resolved in one way or another aren't exactly miniscule in their impact, either.