Yesterday, I drafted some musings on the false dichotomy of the two-party political system we have in the U.S. And that prompted me to think about other false dichotomies we have in our society— or, within our “collective conscious,” if you will. And one false dichotomy we’ve been hearing about, in the midst of the two-party bickering (or perhaps at the heart of it?) as of late, and over the course of the past half-century, is the false dichotomy of capitalism vs socialism.
It’s no secret that two-party politics has been dividing our country for decades now, if not longer.
It’s also no secret that many of the founders of the U.S. warned against warring two-party political factions centuries ago, as we can see without a doubt now, for very good reason.
Over the last decade or so, the U.S. has experienced a noticeable increase in voters who claim party independence.  But how many of us independent voters truly speak about the two-party system as if it is indeed a false dichotomy (or, false choice) in our everyday lives? And is a democratic political system even possible without this dichotomy, whether or not it serves us well, and whether or not it is ultimately a figment of our collective political imagination?(more…)
Joe Biden’s inaugural address was one filled with sincere hope and held a sincere call for unity. And it also offered a realistic view of the challenges that Americans face today and the road we now have before us.
Here are a few lines from the address that struck me as important to remember for many years to come. Today I just want to reflect on them and what they mean. Tomorrow, I’ll offer some annotations.(more…)
A week ago yesterday, hundreds of individuals formed a violent mob and entered the U.S. Capitol building by force in the afternoon as Congress assembled to address the vote count for the 2020 presidential election that declared Joe Biden the next president of the United States of America. I’m still attempting to process my thoughts and feelings around the unprecedented and terrifying event and what I witnessed. And all I can come up with at the moment is a list of images and statements that are forever seared in my memory and a list of questions and concerns to consider. I feel as if I am still in limbo, processing this event and what it means, as well as what it portends.(more…)