Is There No Longer A Common Cause?

College of Political Knowledge

2010/2012 Election Series

Lecture #3

Well, is there a common cause in American politics?  Do we all want the same thing for the country?  There was a time when respect and debate meant something in this country……sad to say…those days are gone and may NEVER return!

I have been political for about 40 years and I have had many confrontations with others with different ideologies…..we argued and ranted and raved and…..but in the end we all respected each other for our beliefs…..that civility is GONE!

While I did not agree with their issues…I respected people like Buckley and Reagan and Clinton and others….we disagreed completely but there was a respect that has all but vanished in politics……it is a sad occurrence for American political discourse….

So my question still remains….is there a common cause in American politics?  Without respect and compromise there is NO common cause……just party BS….which in all cases is idle words, vague slogans and obscure policies…..for instance we have slogans like ‘fiscal conservative’ or ‘a socialist’ or ‘obama-care’ or….well pick one…you like me have probably heard them all……..these are cute and vague concepts…but who among the candidates has actually given you a plan to change things?  Please, if you have heard one share it with us….we would love to be proven wrong…..

To me….the idea of ‘common cause’ is a plan….a definite plan to help the country and its people to a better way of life……slogans are NOT it!  Quotes from the Bible…are NOT it!  If the people cannot find proper and efficient leadership..,.then this system is doomed…..

Back in the day there seem to be a common cause/good that we all were working for….it was for the entire American polity……we had to beat the Russians….we had to make a strong economy for the country…..we had a reconciliation of the races….and we were going to defeat poverty…..we had goals and we had hopes……

But all those pie in the sky ideals are gone….they died at the hands of repubs and Dems alike….it began with Reagan and has not slowed down since those days…..and it looks like the common goals will NEVER return….why?  We seem to be way too busy hating….we hate Muslims….we hate Dems…..We hate Repubs….we hate the Prez……we hate and we hate…….Now we have a Congress that has ceased to work……..we have an economy that only works for a select few…..we have a middle class that is disappearing….we have elections that divide us into ethnic camps……we hate….we lie……and we have representatives that are as about as sharp as a butter knife….and we have little hope for the future as long as we continue down this destructive path…….

Congrats!  You, the voter, has made this dismal scenario possible….and now you want to blame everybody for the country’s failures……IT WAS YOU!