Taking Sides

I read today about Joe Scarborough’s intention to leave the Republican party. I have been mulling a post like this for some time and I figured now was as good as any. In the whole arena of discourse, certain topics have managed to find themselves on one side of a line or another. It is either a topic Democrats are for and Republicans are against or vice versa.  It is not even an ideological division as many of these things once were. People clearly agree with one side and disagree with the other. Yet even in the realm of sports you can have a favorite team but on an off year you are more likely to say, “yes these guys played like bums,” more likely than a Democrat would say, “you know what there could be a lot of reasons for the climate to be changing.”

This is not how you have a healthy debate. Hell this isn’t even how you learn. It is as though the saints in silk suits have pissed in peoples’ ears and no amount of evidence , rational talk, or information will sway them from the knowledge granted from a party affiliation. I am guilty of this too and it’s even cost me friends. What is the point?

We all are intelligent people capable of forming our own opinions. Even in this era of constant bombardment of information we should never turn that faculty off. But we do. I’m a Democrat. But I don’t think single payer is the answer to our crisis in health care. I don’t think gun control works by banning guns. I came to these opinions by listening to the other side and reexamining my own. I guess what frustrates me the most is when others are so locked into their party speak that all that comes from them is an endless stream of the same mumbo-jumbo. I think we can all be a little saner and safer if we read, think, evaluate, and then expound.


Vincent A. Alascia is the author of, “Undead Heart,” “In the Presence of Gods,” and, “Xristos: Chosen of God,” available on Kindle and paperback as well as works that have appeared in anthologies and online. Originally an East Coast native, he makes his home in the Phoenix Arizona area with his wife where he is an active member of the West Valley Writers’ Workshop and a librarian at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

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