On Politics and Change

I occasionally post some “keeper” comments on Facebook, where they get swallowed up in the 18-hour Facebook Hole. I’m going to start sharing some of those here.

I’ve always been fiscally conservative and socially liberal, and voted GOP until roughly the advent of Newt Gingrich and the ideological degeneration that followed. I still think free market capitalism could work fine if corporations and senators were subject to the same code of law as the rest of us., I grossly underestimated their willingness to do wrong, get away with it, and operate on the range of the moment gain instead of consequences for the long haul. I have many friends who describe themselves as conservatives but they mean the old school. I never expected the Democratic Party to have more to offer than my old party, but then I never anticipated a Trump, Cruz or David Duke either.
I feel passionately about it and have thought about it for a long time. The big changes really started when LBJ signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and hate politics bolted from the old Democratic Party to a new GOP I increasingly don’t recognize. I guess the difference is that some are capable of questioning their values or loyalties and making changes as necessary, and some on doing what they always did – and getting what they always got.
Australian Aborigines found their way somehow to the most isolated continent on the planet, Australia, some 30,000 years ago, maybe more. Their culture and values didn’t change over the millennia because of their total isolation from other groups of humans, and they were under no pressure at all to learn, adapt or change. And they are a wonderful, generally very peaceful people. Change is the spice of life, Our job is to just try to make sure the direction is positive and brings more happiness, not less.

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