Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What's Going Down?

The rabidly partisan right and the rabidly partisan left are getting farther apart -- but far more people are getting tired of the partisanship and opting out, some as independents, while many more refusing to participate in the political forums and discussions -- as non- or counterproductive.

That's what is being overlooked as the media tries to herd us into the partisan camps with their evermore inflammatory provocations.

I think this is a very important evolution from politics as usual -- just as the mainstream media is becoming less of the dominant driver in societal exchanges.

Far more happens beyond the political realm than happens in it -- and it seems Republicans are a little further down this path than the Democrats, because the Democrats require more party solidarity and conformity than the rest of society wants to be involved in.

That's not bad -- except for the parties, but most people don't identify as much with the parties as they might have in the past. People have evolved towards their own individualism and independent thinking -- especially the Republicans. So while that may be regarded as an erosion of the power of the Republican Party, it is to the benefit of individual power -- as people no longer see the need to identify and serve a sectarian cause greater than themselves.

The exception are the Democrats, the unionists, the communists, the socialists, and ideologues who believe they are powerless unless they can mass and impose their will on the others, and especially the individualists.

But the future belongs to the new, empowered individuals who don't feel this need to affiliate, identify and conform in order to realize their own power.

That is how the world has changed but the old media (mind), still insists on seeing things in the old partisan divide -- despite the fact the most people have dropped out of that old game.

That's the significance of the Sarah Palins and the new breed of individuals not playing the game in the same way it's always been played before, and of course, controlled by those who think they shape the opinions and thoughts of eveybody else, ie., the old mainstream mass media.