In an attempt to fairly judge this faction, I have carefully listened to what they have to say. I watch Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. I read the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and other newspapers and magazines, liberal and conservative.
In my readings and listening, I can honestly say that the social, political, and economic faculties of people such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachman, Mitch McConnell, Sarah Palin, Dr. Ben Carson, and their radio champion, Rush Limbaugh, are highly suspect.
I have listened to them. And I have heard nothing worthy of a grown-up conversation. It is the language of know-nothings and barking dogs. Still, they are there, and they have proved that they are a force (a farce?) to be reckoned with — a political tornado that threatens everything in its path until it spins itself out.
I have listened. Have you? If so, tell me what one thing they have had to say about jobs and job creation, health care for nearly 50 million uninsured Americans, re-building our crumbling infrastructure, improving our schools, and how about climate change? On these and many other issues, sorry to say, I have heard nothing from the far-right faction that makes any grown-up sense.
And so, for the time being at least, we are caught in a storm of rhetoric, partisan bickering, “dog whistle” demagoguery, mudslinging and race-baiting. Whether we weather the storm depends on what we, with the help of God, collectively do and say to quell it.
Although we may have come to this land on different ships and for different reasons, we are all now in the same boat, and on the same stormy seas. I suggest our best chance for survival and progress lies in our ability to row together toward new, solid ground. This is not some wild-eyed philosophical opinion. It is, I think, common sense.