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Killeen reader says opposing views, voting both essential to democracy

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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 11:25 pm

To The Editor:

All of us in this county are concerned about how to best restore our democracy to what we have been told was its Golden Age in the past.

Whether we come from the right or the left we want a country that works but we view the issues and solutions very differently, probably because we are hard-wired to do so.

Much research is being done to understand why we have the perspectives that we have and the most recent conclusion is that we are born that way. Over our lifetimes we then choose the people and solutions that support what we already feel.

Scientists have a term “motivated reasoning,” which means that when our feelings are challenged or called into question we double down on our beliefs rather than deal with what the other side is saying.

It also seems that having both conservative and liberal views in a society is what keeps it stable and working for everyone’s benefit. It is something that we evolved into in order to work together. But here’s the kicker: When the divide becomes an unbridgeable chasm, we can no longer uphold stability and the culture flies apart. That is not to the benefit of most of us.

Throughout history there has been a small group that does benefit, for a while, from promoting our different perspectives and that is occurring in this country and this county now. We don’t need to give up our own views but we do need to start listening to each other and use those views to restore our democracy. Not the way it was or the way we think it was in the past but for the future and our children.

Voting in local elections is the best way to do that. They are the easiest to understand and we often know the candidates, too. Next are the state elections. These two are way more important to our lives than the national elections, which get all of the publicity.

So vote for the best in Killeen and Bell County, whatever side you are on.

Glenda Turck

Killeen

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5 comments:

  • Eliza posted at 3:06 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 714

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  • Roody2 posted at 11:23 am on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    Roody2 Posts: 240

    Scientists believe “motivated reasoning” drives people to develop convoluted rationalizations to justify holding onto beliefs that logic and evidence prove to be wrong.

    It makes people respond defensively to the contrary evidence, actively discrediting the evidence and its source without logical justification.

    Scientists believe the reason this occurs is because self-delusion feels good and that's what motivates people to vehemently defend their obvious falsehoods.

    ..Umm... I'm pretty sure that describes Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

     
  • ImJustSayin posted at 6:34 am on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    ImJustSayin Posts: 57

    " But here’s the kicker: When the divide becomes an unbridgeable chasm, we can no longer uphold stability and the culture flies apart. That is not to the benefit of most of us."
    Thanks to the current administation and its minions the divide is already unbridgeable. It is time for change ...... God must be allowed back into our schools and lives, political correctness is runing rampant ........ the moral code of this country is in the toilett. We need to stand up and make sure that our children and grandchildren do not live in Sodom and Gamorah .....

     
  • Roody2 posted at 12:42 pm on Sun, May 11, 2014.

    Roody2 Posts: 240

    Great post, Eliza! It was very informative.

    I knew those Conservatives were up to no good!

    I'm glad to see the Liberals are ahead of the game, though. If they can just continue to stand behind enough small groups (and convince other groups of the war that is being waged against them by the Republicans) soon they will have a combined majority to win the vote... again and again. Then, finally we can just get rid of the "pesky" voting thing altogether.

    Keep up the good work! It is our duty to expose the Republicans and Conservatives for who they really are!


     
  • Eliza posted at 5:46 am on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 714

    @ Whether we come from the right or the left we want a country that works but we view the issues and solutions very differently
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    Pertaining to the Editor/writer above,

    The People have an important election today May 10th 2014, and later in the year---All of us should realize, the value of our votes to the party, and or platform that will be the best for the entire population.

    For any who are entering the voting age this election time, or would like to refresh their minds on what their party is about.
    The below is like a refresher course on the Red/Republican and the Blue/Democrat Theory's of Living in America..

    It is very well compiled on a Level of the Student/Teacher Knowledge of Politics.
    I've only entered some of the more important issues for each party, and is on the voters minds today / every day.
    Other thoughts of each party can be found at the listed website at bottom.

    Even if, there is someone in your family or friendship line who isn't of the voting age at this time.
    The below would be a simple guideline of what pertains to politics ,and the different parties values. Some of them would read it ,
    and it would start them to thinking of a time , when they will be the ones who will take on the duties of keeping the country going, and the best direction (in their minds) it should go with their Vote.

    We have many problems facing the country both Local and Federal
    A few of the ones of Utmost concern in todays world, are the below, and the different views of being a Democrat or Republican ---
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    We all want the same things in life. We want freedom; we want the chance for prosperity; we want as few people suffering as possible; we want healthy children; we want to have crime-free streets. The argument is how to achieve them…


    The Blue : Liberals believe in government action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.

    The Red : Conservatives believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.

    NOTE: The terms “left” and “right” define opposite ends of the political spectrum. In the United States, liberals are referred to as the left or left-wing and
    conservatives are referred to as the right or right-wing.

    On the U.S. political map, blue represents the Democratic Party (which generally upholds liberal principles) and
    red represents the Republican party (which generally upholds conservative principles).

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    Abortion

    Liberal
    A woman has the right to decide what happens with her body. A fetus is not a human life, so it does not have separate individual rights. The government should provide taxpayer funded abortions for women who cannot afford them. The decision to have an abortion is a personal choice of a woman regarding her own body and the government must protect this right. Women have the right to affordable, safe and legal abortions, including partial birth abortion.

    Conservative
    Human life begins at conception. Abortion is the murder of a human being. An unborn baby, as a living human being, has separate rights from those of the mother. Oppose taxpayer-funded abortion. Taxpayer dollars should not be used for the government to provide abortions. Support legislation to prohibit partial birth abortions, called the "Partial Birth Abortion* Ban"(*Partial Birth Abortion: the killing of an unborn baby of at least 20 weeks by pulling it out of the birth canal with forceps, but leaving the head inside. An incision is made in the back of the baby's neck and the brain tissue is suctioned out. The head is then removed from the uterus.)
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    Immigration

    Liberal
    Support legal immigration. Support amnesty for those who enter the U.S. illegally (undocumented immigrants). Also believe that undocumented immigrants have a right to:
    -- all educational and health benefits that citizens receive (financial aid, welfare, social security and medicaid), regardless of legal status.
    -- the same rights as American citizens. It is unfair to arrest millions of undocumented immigrants.

    Conservative
    Support legal immigration only. Oppose amnesty for those who enter the U.S. illegally (illegal immigrants). Those who break the law by entering the U.S. illegally do not have the same rights as those who obey the law and enter legally. The borders should be secured before addressing the problem of the illegal immigrants currently in the country. The Federal Government should secure the borders and enforce current immigration law.
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    Private Property

    Liberal
    Government has the right to use eminent domain (seizure of private property by the government--with compensation to the owner) to accomplish a public end.

    Conservative
    Respect ownership and private property rights. Eminent domain (seizure of private property by the government--with compensation to the owner) in most cases is wrong. Eminent domain should not be used for private development.
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    Religion & Government

    Liberal
    Support the separation of church and state. The Bill of Rights implies a separation of church and state. Religious expression has no place in government. The two should be completely separate. Government should not support religious expression in any way. All reference to God in public and government spaces should be removed (eg., the Ten Commandments should not be displayed in Federal buildings). Religious expression has no place in government.

    Conservative
    The phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution. The First Amendment to the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This prevents the government from establishing a national church/denomination. However, it does not prohibit God from being acknowledged in schools and government buildings. Symbols of Christian heritage should not be removed from public and government spaces (eg., the Ten Commandments should continue to be displayed in Federal buildings). Government should not interfere with religion and religious freedom.
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    Same-sex Marriage

    Liberal
    Marriage is the union of people who love each other. It should be legal for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, to ensure equal rights for all. Support same-sex marriage. Opposed to the creation of a constitutional amendment establishing marriage as the union of one man and one woman. All individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, have the right to marry. Prohibiting same-sex citizens from marrying denies them their civil rights. [Opinions vary on whether this issue is equal to civil rights for African Americans.]

    Conservative
    Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Oppose same-sex marriage.
    Support Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed in 1996, which affirms the right of states not to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states.
    Requiring citizens to sanction same-sex relationships violates moral and religious beliefs of millions of Christians, Jews, Muslims and others, who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
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    Healthcare

    Liberal
    Support free or low-cost government controlled health care. There are millions of Americans who can’t afford health care and are deprived of this basic right. Every American has a right to affordable health care. The government should provide equal health care benefits for all, regardless of their ability to pay.

    Conservative
    Support competitive, free market health care system. All Americans have access to health care. The debate is about who should pay for it. Free and low-cost government-run programs (socialized medicine) result in higher costs and everyone receiving the same poor-quality health care. Health care should remain privatized. The problem of uninsured individuals should be addressed and solved within the free market healthcare system – the government should not control healthcare.
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