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  • Global Issues [].

    Their focus is pretty left, but actually reading what they say, it's pretty balanced.

    I do think there's definitely an agenda at work there, but maybe you aren't going to find anyone who are really balanced. The only people who would really go to the trouble of doing research and presenting a view are those who are motivated and people who are motivated often have agendas.

    I'm going to try really hard to keep an open mind and read widely from things from that are slanted away from my own current views.

    I feel the biggest single problem we have in this country is polarization, how the other side is just _evil_. You see it everywhere. A certain prolific blogger on use.perl has been publishing non-stop about the radical Christian Agenda of the right and has turned comments off. Turning comments off is not a good sign, I'm afraid.

    Another famous Perl Person ran websites during this election cycle that were nothing but unofficial Kerry Campaign documents. Palpably, he ran a blog that allowed comments, but I tried to balance something he said and found that comments were being "reviewed" before being posted. (I understand about comment spam, but I should have been warned of the "review" BEFORE I went to the trouble of typing something in, don't you think?) Needless to say, my comment was never presented.

    The thing is, Bush is just not that far to the right, but he's painted as a monster. He's adopted just about as much of the Left's own agenda that he could while still not alienating his base, and it's gained for him new levels of hatred spinning out of control. Campaign Finance Reform, Prescription Drug coverage for the Elderly and increased spending on Education, the list goes on.

    I lived in Texas when Bush was Governor and he was often criticized there for being too moderate, too much like his Father. I think the Bush Administration takes a lot of Right stands to satisfy his base, but his actions are actually pretty balanced. Jettisoning Ashcroft now that he doesn't have to run for reelection is an example of his balance. Of course, you might criticize this as being rather Machiavellian.

    Enough ranting. I'm not going to let the left spin me up with outrage anymore. It's a game both sides play to get armies of slogan spewing numbskulls to work. My New Years Resolution will be to listen more and talk less and not let myself get angry, recognizing that both sides are trying to get me angry and turn off my critical facilities, no matter how outrageous the things I'm hearing are.