One Side or the Other

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Published on: 2008.07.13

I’m curious about your thoughts. What are the biggest (most important) political issues in the United States right now? I know, there is a long list of them — some are delineated below.

But it seems to me that one issue overshadows all the others, and that is “polarization,” as it’s being called. Of course, there’s the new book (The Big Sort) that describes this phenomenon, and even Bill Clinton gave a recent speech on the subject.

Most of us have known for years that Americans are increasingly splitting into various camps. Not just conservative and liberal, but Democrat and Republican, progressive, libertarian, and other schools of thought.

We’re divided over the current wars, over health care, the economy, and nearly every other issue.

As a dedicated independent who tries to stick to the “middle of the road,” it’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to identify with either side, as they split further apart.

That’s the biggest issue, in my opinion. We have two sets of “facts” in this country, two sets of right and wrong, on nearly every subject.

But what’s your opinion? What are the biggest issues?

* Dependence on Oil
* High Taxes
* War in Iraq
* Gun Rights
* Health Care Reform
* Two-Party Monopoly
* Global Warming Controversy
* Housing Market Crash
* Same Sex Marriage
* Abortion
* Immigration Reform
* Social Security’s coming bankruptcy
* Shrinking Middle Class

  1. MamaOlive says:

    If I had to pinpoint one issue that puts the whole nation in danger, I think I would say American Sovereignty. By which I mean the whole plethora of topics from border control to the War on Terror to NAFTA and the super highway (forget the name of it) to our membership in the United Nations. If we don’t get all that mess under control it won’t matter what individual laws we make because it will all be wiped away by globalization. Not that I should be taken for a prophet of doom or anything. :-)

  2. Wil says:

    It’s a good point, Shari. Of course, eventually, the entire globe will have to become some sort of “one nation,” I think, with various regional governments. It’s not only logical for the fair treatment of all humanity, but it’s probably inevitable.

    However, now is not the time, and so I’ll agree with you. I estimate at least four more generations need to be born and die before full “globalization” should take place.

    On the other hand, America’s government is getting pretty darn sovereign when seen relative to individual rights in this nation. But that’s another story. :-)

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. Wil says:


    Thanks for blogging on the issues. Marline and I enjoyed reading them very much.

    I’ve replied (briefly) on your blog.

  4. says:

    I wrote a whole big, wet, messy blog entry on these topics, if anyone is interested.

    [Wil: I corrected the link in this comment; Richard’s blog has moved since he posted this comment.]

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