I've been a part of this morning show in one way or another since 1997. My role has changed from time to time, but one thing that's remained consistant is my views on issues. Of course, views change and evolve as more information comes in...and you CAN change your mind on something without being a flip-flopper. Strom Thurmond used to be a rapid segragationalist before he changed his mind. Of course, he had a child with a black woman at the time...talk about separate but equal. President Obama told everyone for years that he was for 'traditional' marriage and against same-sex marriage. A few years later, when the polls said it was okay, he's now firmly behind it.
I've always been very socially liberal and not ashamed of it. Through the years, listeners would call in and chide me by saying, '...just wait, as you grow older, you'll come around." Well, I've lived way more than half of my life and I haven't come around yet. I'm still waiting. I still believe in the same things I did as a 20 or 30 year old. As a matter of fact, I think I'm even more staunch in my beliefs. When you work at a station all day that leans so heavily in the opposite direction that I lean, you can't help but push back...it's human nature. I don't mind listening to logical arguements about anything, but I don't hear logic. All I normally hear is fear-mongering. Fear is a great motivator. It keeps people in line. It gets people to think like you. It gets people to hate the other side becaue they're trying to destroy your way of life. Or so you're told. Fear also keeps you from hearing the arguement from the other side. I'm afraid. I'm afraid that the divide between the right and left is continuing to get larger and larger and more divisive every day...with every issue. I'm afraid that politicians will continue to fight for whatever will keep them in office, rather than what's good for the country as a whole. I'm afraid that the US won't be a better place for our grand-children, but not because of political actions, but rather because of polticial IN-action. Nothing gets done. Neither side budges.
Polls say less than 10 percent of us think that Congress if doing a good job. Yet a large portion of the country says they want the government to stay out of their lives and not govern so much. If you're one of those, you must be thrilled with the job they've been doing lately.
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