Liberals vs. Conservatives... Let's Get It On!

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

How did The Youngbloods classic go? "C'mon people now, frown on your brother, everybody get together try to hate one another right now..."

Listening to pundits and politicians about the gas crisis is driving me insane.  Just another topic for Republicans and Democrats to hate each other over.  Let's recap: Repub's think drilling is the way to eventually lower gas prices.  Dem's think developing alternative energy sources is the way to do it. 

Why not do both?  I know, some have an environmental problem with the drilling, but if you're on the other side, why would you hate on the idea of developing alternative energy?  I would think doing as much as we possibly can-- including conserving, rationing and using our reserves would be great for everyone in these trying economic times.  I'm not going to try and make an argument against saving the environment because I'm not qualified to do it, so I'll just say I have no problem drilling for oil in places in Alaska.  Mostly because it doesn't affect me.  Now, drilling in Lake Michigan makes me stop and wonder if somehow oil will end up on the beach I go to in the summer.  If the answer is no, then fire away.

My point is: What's wrong with accepting both positions?  I heard Rush Limbaugh's guest host Jed Babbin absolutely eviscerate a caller who made a decent point about speculating driving the price of oil up.  He went on to say that's how Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore and other "lame brains" think.  Name calling... that's fantastic.  I'm shocked-- shocked I say-- to see that our country is being run like a couple of teenage siblings.  It's only a matter of time before the hair-pulling escalates into a knife-fight the next time Mom and Dad are at a dinner party. 

Name calling, backstabbing, stubbornness, refusal to see other points of view are just a few of the things that make me so disheartened about this country's so-called leadership and the "pundits" who stir the pot.  I can only imagine what Dem's and Repub's say to each other when the cameras aren't around.  That has to be some name calling.  Speaking of the Dem's, they always seem to be in front of the mic seconds after a GOP idea has been tossed out, telling you how stupid and unrealistic it is.  I'm sure they're already familiar with it, but can't they at least tell me something they like about the idea so maybe they can find some "common ground" and maybe, possibly, actually work to fix said problem?  No.  They bad... we good.  Them wrong... us right.

And there are more issues than oil where both sides could compromise right down the middle.  But they would never do that because our political culture labels them as "siding with the spineless, freedom-hating liberals" or "part of the lunatic right-wing fringe."

I hope our next president realizes one day that his opinion is not the right one.  And that changing your mind on an issue when more information comes along is not a bad thing.  (Flip-flopping is so mind boggling to me.  By the rationale of refusing to change your position b/c it's a sign of weakness, then we'd all still believe the world is flat.)  Don't lead to please your political party, lead to do what's right for every American-- not just the ones who agree with you.

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