Not so long ago, I commented here that serious rants from me were going to be fairly rare. In fact, my habit of blurting things out was the only thing that made me concede that I'd ever post anything serious here. So folks, welcome to the inaugural edition of my SoapBox Derby.
Earlier today, Janiece Murphy posted about something that had her miffed. I made a brief comment. The more I thought about it, the more inadequate my comment felt to me. So, let's talk a little about Liberals and Conservatives.
When I was a kid, my parents were Liberals. It was a Badge of Honor defined by the people who wore it. That badge is no longer available. Its been hijacked, and re-defined by Conservatives to reflect the views of only the most left-leaning whackjobs in the country. Liberalism embraces everyone on the left as long as you only eat bark, want to demand Sex Ed for every 7-year old, and believe our military should be disbanded. They're an easy target, so Talk Radio throws us all in with the idiots.
And what about my side of the aisle? Yes, Rush Limbaugh may, in fact, be a big fat idiot, but is that really elevating the discussion? Does it serve my purpose if I believe that Conservatives all want to repeal certain inconvenient parts of the Constitution? Do they all really want to just waterboard everyone in Iraq until the "bad guys" have all been identified?
In my humble opinion, these labels are now utterly useless except as a means of identifying the most extreme people on either side. Most people choose one or the other label while trying to distance themselves from the idiot element. Well, I say, let the idiots have both labels.
From now on, I'm going to identify myself as Reasonable. Or maybe Rational. Actually, I'm open to suggestion.
So what defines someone who's a Reasonable? Well, we have strong opinions. Sometimes we have disagreements. But nobody in the Reasonable camp screams so loud that they can't hear anyone else. Nobody in the reasonable camp thinks they'll always get their way. Nobody in the Reasonable camp thinks that a difference of opinion means "I'm right and you're Adolph-Saddam-Ossama Stalin".
If this sounds "middle of the road", so what. Somewhere in the middle of the road are the people who can acknowledge that the other guy just might have a point. Somewhere in the middle of the road are the people who can find compromises they can both live with. This sounds like a pretty good room to be in.
From now on, I want to be a Reasonable. C'mon, join me. Let's give it a try. I bet there's a lot more of us than there are of them.