Many people admire America for its tolerance for all political views. However, the author of Sound Reason & More suggests moderates may not survive today’s divisiveness.
For years, the term political middle was a safe place: it beckoned beneficial conversation. But now it is a recipe for debates with extremists on both sides of the political spectrum.
In their article, The Political Middle is No Longer a Friendly Place and I Hope that Changes, the author believes that the political middle used to be “a welcoming marketplace of thought.”
Rather than representing a “comfortable place … [to] inform wise thinking”, the author claims “the political middle is no longer a place that fruitful discussions can be had; it is a dangerous arena where you await a lashing.”
The blog highlights the detriment this battleground of beliefs has on society. Meanwhile, they remind America of times where differences did not seem so divisive.
“In the wake of the events of 9/11, we came together. We didn’t care that we had opposing views. We cared that we were Americans joined together in a cause advocating “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Someone infringed on that, and we stood together in an expression of support for those ideals.”
The author encourages the audience to consider this message “as we work to navigate our path forward.” Perhaps the “marketplace of thought” will flourish yet again.
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