While people insist on trying to put labels on me, especially on my political beliefs, I continue to reject false choices.
What false choices, you ask?
Capitalism versus Socialism
Liberal versus Conservative
Tea Party versus Occupy Wall Street
Christian versus Pagan
Gun Control versus Right to Own
Pro-Choice versus Pro-Life
And so forth.
While the landscape is littered with partisans of each “side” in these disputes, it seems obvious to me (and to others who use the term No Labels) that these matters are argued in such a way as to divide and conquer and distract the vast majority of We the People — and that this serves the purposes of those who seek to turn us all into peasants, serfs, and slaves.
None of the issues represented in these false choices are so complex that they cannot be resolved. They won’t be resolved if we continue to listen to the extremes in each “side” as they shout at one another. They will be resolved if we look at how much each side has in common and start there with honest & respectful conversations to reach reasonable compromises, while refusing to remain divided and conquered by a handful of billionaire families.
America and the world have serious global issues to address. Allowing the puppet-masters to pull our strings and divide us into these warring camps just makes those issues worse.
I am NOT saying there are no real disputes or differences between people. I see several real choices where one side or the other appears to be correct. What I am saying is that We the People need to take a long view, study history, see what has worked & what has not, and pick our battles with wisdom & knowledge.
If we call ourselves a moral people, we need to focus on what that morality requires of us. And, if your morality requires you to show hatred and intolerance to those who don’t think or pray or love the same way you do, you’re part of the problem.