On occasion here, I write about politics. Rarely, but I do. This blog is more about atheism and skepticism than anything else but events occur that, as a blogger I don’t believe I should ignore. None of us that blog should. Whether it’s generic political, or terrorism, or maybe just something we’re interested in, we should never feel that we have to write on only a single topic.
My being an atheist has nothing to do with where I lean politically and it shouldn’t for anyone else in my opinion. Atheism has nothing to do with the world of politics. Humanism may, but atheism doesn’t. I’m tired of those atheists that I know telling me that as a conservative, I can’t really be an atheist. I must be a closet liberal. I’m not.
I think it was around a decade ago that I read a few articles discussing the divide in this country. The article described that there were about 20% of the voters that were either far right or far left. Not in the sense that some may describe them today; Not Nazi’s or Communists, but those that were hard core conservatives or liberals (the word progressive was never used). At that time, I thought this was about right. There’s always going to be a certain number of people, politically, that are unreachable from the other side.
The same reading informed me as well though that there were some 40% of voters that were on either side. That being, there were another 20% that leaned one way or the other. The point of the articles I read that was there was this slim, 20%, that didn’t identify either way that would decide major elections. I think this is true. But it’s the 20% of those that are not hard core I believe that are just as important as that 20% of what has been described as independent.here’s no checklist for me that any candidate has to
Not to belabor the point, but it’s really that 60%, those not hard core right or left, that are important. I consider myself in that group. I don’t think that anyone should vote as a purist, based on the political party, but on what the candidate says they favor or not. There’s no checklist that any candidate has to score 100% on for me to decide whether or not they’re the right person for the office.
When we hear reporters or pundits talking about politicians appealing to their base, what they’re referring to are those hard core 20%. Who they ignore, and hope for, is that they may convince some of the other 60%. They have in the past, and they will continue to do so in the future unless we all stand up and demand responsible government as well as a responsible media.
Forget about those that refuse to listen to another opinion or idea. I may not like someone else’s idea, but I will at least stop and listen to it, if it’s not shouted at me. Instead of shouting at one another and accusing each other of ill intentions, maybe look for a place where we might agree.
Become that 60%.