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The Need for Non-partisanship

October 28, 2008

I don’t know if I can take anymore partisanship. I have been having a really hard time lately with the environment of partisanship. I do not know what to believe anymore, I don’t know who to listen to, I don’t know who has an agenda, and I don’t know the truth. 

I just want to know the facts about certain issues. I want to know the truth about the environment, oil, war, the economy, etc…

I often hear people commenting on some of these issues. I hear Republicans joking about Global Warming, and I hear Democrats outraged about the climate. 

I here Republicans chant “Drill-Baby-Drill”, and I here Dems talking about lowering our oil dependency. 

I here the GOP talking about lowering taxes and increasing wealth, then there is the Dems saying that we need to spread the wealth. 

Let’s get the EVIL terrorists, or War is bad. 

What the crap…

One problem that I have noticed is that someone from the far right gets all their info from far right sources. The left gets their info from the left sources. Who is right? I have heard someone that is an outspoken Republican tell me that the race is “really” close in the last week, and on the same day a Democrat tell me that the race is over. What is that? 

We are in need of honest, non-partisan, real politics. Tell me the truth, not based on your party, but based on true, non-biased facts. 

1 more week then this will be all over. Well, it may be a bit closer to over. I am anticipating both sides giving me the run down as to why or why not their guy was or was not elected. 

What do you think? How do we come together to broaden our views, our causes, our purpose’s, our changing lives, our thinking of the future, our impacting the environment, our…

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  1. October 28, 2008 7:16 am

    “Tell me the truth, not based on your party, but based on true, non-biased facts.”

    I’m honestly not sure if that’s even possible in our current political climate. The “facts” are generally flavored by personal perception and agenda, making it difficult to nail down a legitimate “fact.” Even fairly undeniable “facts” like voting records end up distorted, with both sides giving long explanations about why the other side voted in such-and-such a manner. Maybe it’s the postmodern in me, but much of history is told by the winners, leaving out large parts of the factual story.

    As for non-partisanship, if we had a political process based on seeking the best for our nation instead of the best for a political party or certain individuals, that would rock.

  2. October 28, 2008 12:12 pm

    I think the only way to get a fair and balanced viewpoint of different issues, as much as you possibly can in this political climate, is to look at multiple sources. Personally, I check a few places. For a long time, I have looked partly to CNN, because they seemed to be a more straight talk “here’s the news” organization. Though in this election cycle, they’ve really increased both the amount of pundits/”analysts” and amount of airtime/webspace given to opinions, rather than fact – it’s disturbing. But I’ll also look to BBC for an outsider’s perspective and for a more comprehensive look at world affairs.

    But my best source right now is NPR, specifically Neal Conan’s Talk of the Nation (M-Th 12-2pm) and WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show (M-F 9-11am). I can’t stress enough how well they do their job. Not only do they invite both sides of each topic to the discussion on their shows, they engage the public by opening up segments to callers and email comments. Both hosts do a fantastic job of keeping conversations civil and geared towards fact, even in speculative discussions.

  3. joshbarton21 permalink*
    October 28, 2008 9:15 pm

    @joel – I agree that would rock. I think that I sometimes want an ideal political landscape. I do understand that it is not really possible, but its fun to dream.

    @robina – NPR is good, but sometimes very dry.

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