Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Night at the Opera
While I have my leanings and my own hopes for the future of our country and the future we leave for our children, I try very hard to keep an open mind and open ears to listen to both sides of any issue. On a pragmatic level, you can't effectively discuss a point if you don't understand the opposition's platform and thinking. You also don't know the areas of agreement or potential for compromise. And so, I remain interested in the political speeches of this week and last.
Listening to NPR yesterday while driving about CinCity I heard a segment on a 21 year old's take on the 2008 election and the hope she feels "no matter who wins." The commentator agreed that this was something he was hearing in many circles--that younger voters could see benefits to both candidates and were much less partisan in their evaluations. Good for them. Isn't that what we teach our kids?? Look at the person, not blind loyalty to a political party?
I also enjoy a night of theater and opera for the sheer high drama and grandiosity of it all. And the chance to hear old white men talk, talk, talk...now that's a night of entertainment. And by old, make no mistake--I mean older than me.
For those who like their politics more factual and less acidic here are two blogs to link to every now and again: Smart Politics and Vote Smart
Additionally, here's an interesting opinion by David Brooks about the candidates.
And if you like 'em smart, there are always available my favorite pieces of mancakeness, Jon Stewart and Michael Beschloss for their erudite and thoughtful ramblings.
"And now, on with the opera. Let joy be unconfined. Let there be dancing in the streets, drinking in the saloons, and necking in the parlor."
--Otis B. Driftwood/Groucho Marx
And let us never forget in our decision-making those who require the services right next door to the GOP convention at the Dorothy Day Center. Surely somewhere in between the mantras of "Pro-Life", "Country First" and "God Bless America" there will be some discussion of the many lives that struggle within our country, and not far away. May God bless us all.