A Small Statement of Purpose
I wrote this as a Facebook status, but I thought it expressed my general sentiments and outlook toward politics lately that it is worth sharing. Take it for what it is -- incomplete, a social media status, but from the heart:
"I feel so much better. Like my mind can juggle more ideas at once, like fragmentary parts are coming together. I feel like my politics has matured now: I like to combine the compassion of progressivism with the clear-eyed test-of-time driven assumptions of conservatism and the idiosyncratic individualism of libertarianism, coupled with a belief that liberalism, while highly imperfect, is the best we've got going for us, so it ought to be nurtured and supported -- given tough love, yes, but not despised and mocked. Progressives must resist writing conservatives into history as the 'bad guys' of the American story, and they must resist becoming Puritan-like and sanctimonious. Conservatives have to resist the impulse to be in full-time troll mode and remember to separate opposition to progressive sanctimony and bad progressive policy from loathing toward progressives as people, and the groups progressives try to help. The groups progressives try to help should remember not to glamorize their oppression or act like it grants them special moral status. They are victims, not heroes -- and being a victim of something means asking for understanding, not seeking revenge. And instead of 'checking their privilege,' 'privileged' people should start counting their blessings instead, and using their advantages to help uplift others instead of cash in and gain notoriety. Our society, our Constitution was built on compromise. We find ourselves in a strange new world of unipolar status and global communications -- we have no more major external enemies, and many new opportunities. Right now we need to do to the hard work of confronting the enemy within: our fallen state as human beings -- to put more love and understanding and listening back in our politics, culture, and society, so we can do the hard work of becoming a truly great country."