I have been thinking of so many things lately that it’s hard to choose where to begin. But I’ll start with the latest political drama swirling around the USA.
It’s all about the Muslim community center planned for ‘ground zero’ in NYC, my home town.
I have to say, I keep thinking that I myself would like to feel like I am moving towards the middle, instead of remaining on the far left of every issue. I am ever hopeful that after each heart wrenching, polarizing, divisive, lunatic fight about whatever topic there is, i.e. health care, financial reforms, public education etc, there will finally be some point where the republican and democrat elected officials will say, “…well, that really went too far. Let’s stop this nonsense and work together”. Of course, that is as much a fantasy as Hobbits, Harry Potter, and Cinderella.
So, with the mosque (easier to call it that, than a three word description that nobody seems to use), I did find myself in the uncomfortable position of being for the right to build where they want, but being against the actuality of the building. I couldn’t see how this could foster deeper understanding, or any sort of reaching out to a community that has been smeared and stepped on since 9/11. Also, it did seem insensitive to those who were still raw from the death of loved ones, and to the NY community at large.
Then the talk show debates began. Of course, I pretty much only listen to n.p.r. on my radio, and the lefties on tv, but I think I was hearing a pretty good smattering of how this debate was going. When Sarah Palin put in her two cents that was the last straw. This is a woman who would like to see the east coast magically sever from the rest of the nation, what she refers to as “the REAL people”. Why does she get to have any opinion at all? And why does she or anyone against this, these same people that deride Obama for not sticking to the letter of the constitution, feel that in this one case the constitution should be pushed aside?
But the point is, everyone you would expect to respond in a particular way, does. There seem to be no surprises, except for possibly, Harry Reid, who lives in Nevada but for some reason is against the Mosque at Ground Zero. I would like to surprise people with my balanced, measured, logical Mr. Spock like reactions to events. But I am caught in a tidal wave of extremism because I can’t feel anyone in the middle pulling us out to safety.
I am so tired of being battered by ridiculous, hate filled, nasty and just plain silly arguments by people who are really pretty smart. I just want it to end. I want to go back to a time when there was such a thing as a moderate on both sides. But we are so not there yet. So, I’ll keep to the left, as long as the right is pushing me so hard. It’s not what I want, but it’s the reality of the situation.