A Return to the Era of Good Feelings

A Return to the Era of Good Feelings


Election 2012 is sure to add more fuel to the political fire, so before the GOP and Democrats start collecting firewood, I ask for a return to the “Era of Good Feelings”.

The “Era of Good Feelings” marked a period in our political history that reflected a sense of national purpose and a desire for unity among Americans in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars.

Today’s political speech has become so demonizing and belittling, it’s very easy to conclude why fundamental issues like deficit reduction can’t be addressed.

Before a truce is called, let’s first understand what a political Ideology is or should be. A political ideology is simply a conclusion of opinions on the conduct of government.

However: ideology should center around actual facts, figures, and circumstances. The ideology must then be delivered in an objective manner, not a delivery of feelings and biases.

Respect for ideology is lost and mockery constructed against those when clear disregard for actual facts are given.

Far too many in the electorate have constructed their ideology by means of reacting to a particular person, policy, and not pure idealism.  This is problematic, because issues become the person instead of the politics.

So, when disagreement arises simple disagreement isn’t felt. Yet, the belief of the opposing view has the intention of being against their entire health and well being. These fears are conjured up from feelings and not fact.

How are we to balance our budget, revamp our education system, and improve transportation when one who simply disagrees with another believes the disagreement stems from bigotry, racism, sexism, or some other discriminating measure?

When true displays of the aforementioned elements are shown, then address it. More importantly, let’s address the person.

The unnecessary factions have existed for way too long. If we don’t act quick enough, the factions will turn into permanent and destructive divisions.

TRAE LEWIS is a blogger for HipHopRepublican.com.  He can be reached by Twitter @traelewis