The Lone Sailor statue and battleship USS Wisconsin, Norfolk VA.
I don’t write much about it here, of course, but over the past few years I’ve become of an increasingly political mind, as I’ve come to realize how important the decisions being made in our state and national capitols are–they affect not just our own lives, but the lives and futures of our kids, and even their kids. As the 2012 U.S. Presidential campaign kicks into high gear over the next few months, the intensity of the debate–already far too polarized and acrimonious–will only increase. Something I’ve noticed over the past few years is the increasing tendency for each side to try to make a claim on the high ground in terms of morality and patriotism. That, to me, is simply wrong. Whichever side of the political spectrum you might find yourself on, I think the one thing we should all agree on is that we ALL love our nation and want what’s best for it. Clearly many disagree on exactly what that signifies, and how we should try to get there. But as soon as someone labels the opposing opinion unpatriotic or un-American, to me they’ve crossed over into meaningless emotional rhetoric and contribute nothing to the debate.
And so have I–sorry to ramble!