As a student of history, and one who closely follows current events, I have always been interested in keeping up with American politics. I grew up during the Reagan years, entered college when H.W. Bush was president, and entered the work force during Clinton’s presidency. During those times, there were of course political battles and policy (dis?), there always have been ? in Washington and in discussions in newsrooms on opinion pages, something seems to have changed in the 21st century.
With the rise in popula? Of social media and cable news stations, partisan political arguments seem to have become more entrenched and permeate our daily lives, more than ever before. It is my opinion that, as individuals and as a nation, we are at the heart not nearly as polarized as social media and cable news seem to have us be.. Thus, I felt a calling to do what I can to try to bridge this political divide and try help us communicate better by launching this Politically Pragmatic blog.
What does it mean to be politically pragmatic?
Does it mean “centrist,” or “moderate”?
It can, but it doesn’t have to.
While many centrists and moderates likely are politically pragmatic, one can be reasonably conservative or liberal and still be politically pragmatic. Even more importantly, one can be, and I believe many of us actually are more than we like to admit, varying degrees of conservative, moderate, and liberal at different times on different issues. But if you try to follow political news on cable TV, you would be convinced that there are exactly two sides to every issue, and that one must pick a side, and support all of their positions on various issues, and root for your ‘team’ and shout the other side down to ‘win’. I believe that this attitude and perception, which has been growing over the past two decades but has gotten especially entrenched over the past few years with the rise of social media, is having a negative impact on our nation, our democracy, and especially on how we communicate with each other. I do not believe that we are as divided as we seem. We need to be honest about how we define ourselves politically, and be open to considering our political opinions as points on a spectrum, not one red or blue dot that covers all issues. In turn, this should help us communicate better and more tactfully with each other regarding political issues large and small. In the process, hopefully we will become better informed voters. With this blog, I hope to open your mind to thinking about politics in a different way. I may change your mind about a thing or two, and I may not, but hopefully I can find a way to help everyone become at least a little more politically pragmatic.