- Ada, Oklahoma


April 9, 2014

Inflexible thought is a growing problem


Ada —

 We used to have vigorous political debates without labeling each other anti-American.

 Not anymore.

 Look at it like this. If roughly half the country is always right, and roughly half the country is always wrong, why do we have a two-party system?

 Why don’t we just have the “right party, party’ and eliminate the “wrong” party.

 It worked for years in other countries. People went to the polls and voted for the one party and candidate on the ballot while a soldier with a bayonet stood nearby.

 Taking the chance on the wrong party winning was too great a risk.

 But not in our country. We had the right to be wrong. And often-times we were wrong. But we survived our disagreements, occasionally wiser, but mostly not.

 The old Soviets solved the problem with a one-party system, usually with one candidate.

  Over the years, as we have seen recently, a lot of those who were under the Soviet umbrella stopped thinking for themselves and voted to follow their shepard, Mr. Putin, back into the comforting pastures of mindlessness.

 Even after getting their freedom, some members of the old communist party have 

struggled to make decisions, having been told for decades they’re too stupid to have an opinion not sanctioned by The Party.

 Listen to MSNBC and Fox; you’d think the other party should be put to sleep — permanently.

 Fortunately, the Dixie Chicks weren’t lined up in front of a firing squad and eliminated. Whatever their political persuasion, most would admit this is a very talented group.

 We’re much more subtle about differences in our country. We just boycotted their albums and almost put them out of business. 

 And for what? Expressng and opinion that half the U.S. agreed with?

 Our ability to look at two sides of an issue is fading. Critical thinking is viewed as “troublemaker” thinking. The troublemaker is the one listening to the wrong cable station.

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