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Bridging the great divide
by Travus T. Hipp
Jul 12, 2008 | 537 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Among the myriad of problems plaguing America today there is no more crucial issue than the increasingly bitter polarization within the political spectrum. Fueled by the demagogic ranting of right-wing radio and the protestant Christian preachers the so-called “conservatives” who have made maligning President Clinton and the subsequent Democrats a patriotic exercise similar to flying “Made in China” plastic flags from your car antenna.

On the left, the largely unfocused hatred for Bush is embarrassing for its failure to take the fight to the White House on any of the hundreds of issues that constitute the presidential record on everything from energy and the environment to the plans for world conquest beginning in Baghdad, as envisioned by the neo-con neo-fascists closest to the Oval Office.

Surveys indicate that 80-plus percent of probable voters have already made up their minds on their November vote and are unlikely to switch before election day. What is worse, the bitter tone of the debate extends beyond the partisan hacks of the political machinery to the common citizen who, though largely ignorant of the details of the “great game,” savage their opponents at every meeting, further poisoning the well of public discourse.

Recognizing this, I rise to suggest that we begin to heal the wounds while there is still time to set a corrected course for our future and our nation.

To begin with, lets stop demonizing the leaders of the opposition. Nancy Pelosi is not an evil genius trying to turn America into a communist dictatorship any more than McCain is setting up a permanent military junta under emergency powers. We need to look closely at the current actions of our selected solons rather than dredging up decades-old quotes to prove the case for treason being made by the spin masters and propagandists. Listen to what our leaders say, then look to see what they do. Look into who is backing which candidate in the presidential race and ask yourself why the money is running which way and from whom.

Both sides in the political breach claim to bring the truth, but if one truth is truer than another, then someone is lying. Try and find out which one is out of touch with reality and remind them of the facts from which truth is mongered. We should not punish fools for their fantasies, but we do not need to enable them by accepting their ignorance by our silence. Refuse to be baited into insult and innuendo. Stick to the facts and speak softly as you would to a child.

Above all, remember you are dealing with your own neighbors, no matter how deluded. Use the truth to persuade, not to condemn, and it doesn’t hurt to check your own “back sight” to be sure of your bearings.

“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.
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