They Don’t Care About Us

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us…

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us…

~  Refrain from Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Care About Us

 

When I think of people who repeatedly take actions that work against their own best interests, the chorus from Michael Jackson’s song ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ comes to mind.  It’s the same thought I have when I think of self-described centrists.  To me, today’s centrists are people who have yet to realise that the middle-ground they seek presupposes that one or the other side is willing to find rational common ground.

Why does that come to mind now?  Well, recently I had a conversation with a sel-described “independent centrist” who advocates for finding the middle in every disagreement.   *Yawn*  Grow a backbone; these days, shouldn’t everyone stand for SOMETHING?  How does one find a ‘happy middle’ with issues like freedom, the right to peaceful assembly, abortion, etc.?  I listened to his point of view about how politics has become so divisive that it feels like the left hates the right and how the national mood feels like average citizens are at war with one another.   After two minutes of his pontificating and preaching, my first thought was ‘PLEASE, wanker, just go away and sod off.   I have now decided that anyone who calls him/herself an independent is really far right but just too ashamed to publicly align with the batshit crazy Tea Party.  I agreed that the national mood feels tense.  I also agreed that under normal circumstances reasonableness, fairness and responsible actions should prevail.

Then what is it that didn’t sit well with me?  Well, the key here is that what I see today does not represent normal circumstances — and the far right has made it clear that they are still having trouble adjusting to the fact that times have changed….so they’d rather go backwards.

Don’t get me wrong; I think it’s a good idea to walk into any discussion that has opposing sides with the goal of seeking common ground in order to resolve issues.  Compromise makes sense in any situation where there’s a ‘win-win’ to be found.  However, if we’re talking about national and global politics — and the policies that must change because of their increasingly negative impact on what remains of the middle class — I don’t think there’s much room left for compromise.

Why?…

Because the left has already done too much compromising.  The left has spent years hoping for civility, common sense and for cooler heads to prevail.  So what has happened?  The left has been not-so-politely stomped on voted down and out-maneuvered by the right and thrown into a pile of stinking turds rubble that contains failed banks, tanked 401K retirement plans, crumbling infrastructure…oh, and a great view of the gated community dwellers who see the left as nothing more than a means to the end goal of controlling even more of the wealth of this nation.

Get it through your head, centrists…I know they don’t care about my ilk but, to be clear, they don’t really care about YOU, either.   Sadly, there may be one thing about which I actually agree with them; when it comes to compromise and middle ground, all they really want is for you to…