Friday, September 11, 2009

Emotion vs. Logic

I am not sure if American is more divided now than it has ever been. Because of ubiquitous information availability, people have the ability to be educated or influenced on state, national and world events.

Consider a few issues on which Americans have lately been bitterly divided:
school prayer, the Ten Commandments, evolution, the death penalty, abortion, homosexuality, assisted suicide, affirmative action, busing, the Confederate battle flag, the Duke rape case, Terri Schiavo, Iraq, amnesty, torture, death panels, global warming, and [Obama] "birthers."
In America we have liberals -- socialists that believe in increased government spending, expanding benefits to the poor and lower classes, greater regulations on business, and the power of organized labors -- and conservatives -- capitalists that believe in the opposite. The wildcard is the tens of millions that are uninformed, uneducated and make political decisions along the lines of an impulse purchase while waiting in the grocery check-out line.

Liberals tend to make their decisions and derive their opinions based on emotion. Conservatives tend to make their opinions based on logic.

Logic requires study. Emotion does not; people just react.

America is deeply divided. This is not going to change anytime soon, and rightly so. People need to take a stand and stick by it, defend it. I'll take a logic-based argument every time. I do not want our country to morph into European-style socialism; I want it to be the bastion of capitalism where the government gets out of the way for the most part.

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