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It has been suggested in another thread that we discuss a Democratic Party mission statement. Okay, we can go there, but first we have to define what the problem is before we set out on a mission to navigate the complexities of our diverse views of ourselves and the world.
Most of all we need to begin to understand and accept that we are a whole bunch of people who are different in our thinking. Our brains are wired differently largely because of genetics but also because of our life experiences. It is very difficult to change our brains as George Lakoff discussed in his January 15, 2017 article in Salon addressing how Democrats helped elect Trump.
We also need to understand and accept that we have an abundance of ignorance about government in general and issues in America, but even more significantly that our ignorance about people, cultures, religions and countries outside of our geographical boundaries is a liability. By liability, I mean that we can be easily manipulated by demagoguery.
We have a diversity of worldviews where the most common denominator is perhaps "no view" or perhaps a view based on very limited or one-sided exposure to the complexities of the world's problems. By "we" I am not necessarily talking about the members in this website, but rather the collective "Americans".
Democrats cannot be all things to all people anymore than Republicans can be all things to all people. In addition to our differing life's experiences, we are divided by economic status (rich, poor, middle class), education levels, intelligence, religious beliefs, race and ethnicity, region (urban versus rural), geography (north, south, east, west, and the heartland), age (young versus old), gender and sexual orientation, and personality types (introverts, extroverts, and a whole bunch of genetically driven profiles that include such things as empathy and greed).
So as we discuss our mission statement should it be ideologically driven or reality based? Is there room for compromise with "the other"? Or should it be "my way or the highway"...no compromises!
I think many of you know where I stand on the issues of the day (just refer to HillaryClinton.com), and I'll be happy to further elaborate on those views as we try to seek an elusive consensus. I'll leave it at that for now. Chime in...