Most of you know my political pedigree. I do not hide the fact that I am a liberal…I mean a real liberal, not a pretend liberal like big business centrist Barack Obama. (and yes, I voted for him twice. Thoughts of President McCain and President Romney kept me up at night)
I have socialist leanings, yet, I also have libertarian and conservative views on some issues. My political beliefs reflect the fact that I think no party has it exactly right. Generally, I have little use for narrow-minded ideologues who can not or will not see that sometimes people who have a differing view just might be right.
Every other Thursday is shopping and counseling day at the Gerencser household. We are quite predictable when it comes to our Thursday routine, right down to the two Meijer donuts I buy every shopping day.
Polly likes to listen to music when she is alone in the car. When I am in the car I like to listen to music too but I also like listening to talk radio. I even listen to AM radio. (tells you how old I am)
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I am not a real big fan of the Ed Schultz show. While Schultz and I have many things in common he tends to be long on bluster and short on substance. He is the textbook definition of histrionics.
Mike Rogers is not much different. I listened to the program for about three minutes before I shouted at the radio, this guy is a fucking idiot. (the radio did not respond)
Rogers’ crime? He quoted a long litany of things that right-wing Republicans oppose and he said, after all, the prefix of the word conservative is con which means to be against. (this is a loose rendering of what Rogers said since I could not rewind the program and get the exact wording.)
Perhaps Rogers was being a bit…tongue in cheek. Surely he knows or SHOULD know that a conservative is one who maintains or conserves. All of us, to some degree or the other, are conservatives.
I listened awhile longer and heard Rogers give his version of what “progress” is and turned the radio off after he said he likes it when the other side calls because it reminds him of how right he is. (again, this is a loose rendering of what Rogers said since I could not rewind the program and get the exact wording.)
I found myself saying, in what way is Mike Rogers any different from blowhards like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Bill Cunningham? Perhaps I shouldn’t have expected any different. After all, he was on the Ed Schultz show.
Listening to Rogers was a reminder to me that we on the left have our own problems when it comes to understanding nuance and political diversity. Like the Fundamentalist Republican on the right, those of us on the left can be every bit as Fundamentalist.
Now I am not suggesting, as some regular right-wing readers try to point out, that the left is the mirror of the right. It is not. I don’t think all political views are equally valid and generally I think the political views on the left are superior when compared to nuttiness found on the right.
I am liberal/socialist/libertarian/conservative because I think my views are the best way forward for the United States. I am also humble enough to know that I don’t have all the answers and that I can be wrong. After all I did vote for Ronald Reagan…TWICE!!