I have a number of friends and acquaintances who ‘don’t do politics’. I know what they mean by that, and I don’t think we should be up in arms about issues all the time, but democracy requires participation and vigilance. Thankfully, there are plenty of people on the front lines, picketing, discussing (sometimes loudly), and doing what they can to effect change.
We all have different agendas – even if we follow the same basic course. I have several family members who are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, and as long as discourse stays civil, I can learn at least why someone believes the way they do, even if it doesn’t change my position.
I think consensus is far too difficult to achieve, but approaching consensus is possible. There will always be people who will not budge one iota, so they represent the absolute.
I typically fall somewhere in the middle, although I, too, have my absolutes on issues like rape, molestation and other forms of violence, as well as several other issues that I would die rather than disavow.
I’m grateful for those who work in the democratic vigilance field, and I do what I can to participate. Tomorrow, I won’t post, in support of the Internet Strike: http://sopastrike.com/strike/
The current bill before the Senate (SOPA, S. 968), does more harm than good. You can read more about it here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57329001-281/how-sopa-would-affect-you-faq/ and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act, or go to Open Congress for the full text: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s968/text
If you like to laugh while being educated, Stephen Colbert obliges you here: http://boingboing.net/2011/12/02/stephen-colbert-explains-sopa.html
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