A new beginning.


“I’m on your side 
When times get rough 
And friends just can’t be found

Like a bridge over troubled water 
I will lay me down 
Like a bridge over troubled water 
I will lay me down”

— Simon and Garfunkel

I am a political moderate. This means I’m equally displeased with both sides of the aisle and have little problem voting against either party.

(Note that I do not vote for either party. If it were up to me, I’d throw all the bums out!)

One thing that bothers me, however, is the degree of rancor between liberals and conservatives. It’s particularly distressing when my associates and friends are participants in this fighting.

  • Both tend to demonize the other, ascribing the worst possible motives for any given  position. For example, hard core conservatives criticize every move President Obama makes as horrible and anti-American. Meanwhile, liberals denounce those critics as mere racists who are incensed that a non-white man holds the Oval Office.
  • They refuse to listen to differing points of view for this same reason of absolute suspicion and distrust.
  • Both sides are insistent that the other is leading the nation and world toward chaos and destruction. Anyone who follows a given side is either immoral or ignorant or both.

In the midst of this fighting between these troubled extremes of opinion, one important matter is lost: that both sides have things at least partly right.

My chief goal in this blog’s new title and refined focus is to try to illuminate that common ground a little more brightly. To connect the two a little better, should they wish to do so.

Like a bridge, as the song lyric puts it.

To further the metaphor: “I will lay me down” in the sense that this bridge will be built upon my blog’s original convictions:

“This blog is about Truth. Contrary to what our morally relativistic culture would have you believe, absolute truth does exist. And it behooves us as thinking beings to strive to know that absolute truth to the best extent that our finite minds can grasp it.

This blog is about Justice. Plainly put, some things are just right and some things are just wrong. The element that steers matters toward the “right” side of the scale is Justice. That’s what I’m about.

This blog about the Way. Not the “American way,” but the Way referred to in the New Testament. And I wish to do so in a thoroughly non-religious fashion.

My other goal is to call out the nonsense in both arguments for what they are. Perhaps if I do that effectively, it will encourage readers to meet in the middle. Or, at least, genuinely tolerate and lend grace to people they disagree with, even if they can’t accept the opposing position.


Look for new posts each Tuesday and Thursday or Friday. Hope you’ll travel the bridge with me!


2 Responses to “A new beginning.”

  1. Chyll Will Says:

    Good for you, man. And I hope that once you find that balance, you have the gumption to maintain it >;)

  2. Kris G Says:

    Knowing that I’m a liberal, I would like to say this: I do not think that conservatives are anti-Obama because of racism. I do think that a narrow vision of America has left minorities on the outside, and because of this lack of minority influence, they often deliver messages, particularly about Obama (and his family) in very racially insensitive ways. But yes, there is an element that keeps rearing its head that can’t quite separate Obama’s policies from Obama’s existence.

    For me, my biggest problem is that I have difficulty seeing where conservative politicians, and by extension conservative voters, are helping the interests of the country as a whole as opposed to the interests of the very rich. They can give everyone else lip service and symbolism, but when it comes down to legitimate action, all of that is directed toward the benefit of the very wealthy. hence the lowest tax burden for the wealthy in history, and more talk of cutting taxes… all amid talk of “fiscal responsibility.”

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