Today seems like a day to write about politics. I don’t do that much because it’s so polarizing and prone to passionate rhetoric as a result. In the past, it has cost me friendships.
One of my peculiar curses is a talent for seeing connections and patterns. I see and understand how current events link backwards to social causes many decades old. Today, I started a list of things which, in my opinion, are contributing causes to many of today’s social and political ills. I’m posting them here in the hopes of starting some discussion like that which I have been observing all over the web today, though not necessarily drilling down into the same topics in the same level of minutiae.
I hope you will both critique and discuss my list, but I hope just a bit more that you will add to it. I don’t think it’s nearly complete; I could probably run it to 50 points without too much effort. Maybe you’ll help with that.
Without further ado, and in no particular order:
- The union stranglehold on public education.
- The end of corporal punishment
- The 50+ year social experiment where self-esteem trumps actual accomplishment.
- The absence of term limits on elected offices outside the judiciary.
- How politics has infested the process of federal judicial appointments, tracing back particularly to Ted Kennedy and Robert Bork.
- The 24 hour news cycle
- The death of common sense and its replacement with political expediency
- The incestuous relationship between the Democratic Party and their Praetorian Guard the Mainstream Media
- The notion that there is no longer such a thing as absolute truth
- The idea that all social change is progress
Bonus problem, because jokes must be made: All things Kardashian