for one political ideology to point out the mistakes and hypocrisies
of the other all the while ignoring its own. We see this
all the time, ad nauseum. It is directly responsible for the insane,
trench warfare of political rhetoric that we suffer from today,
and the tearing apart of Western culture.
Neither side listens to the arguments of the other except to capitalize
on its weaknesses. Each represents special interests that have no
concern for national unity or the well being of average citizens.
Political tunnel-vision completely ruins our entire system. It deserves
to be recognized as undemocratic and a threat to freedom.
Let's look at the facts:
Conservatives have some good ideas
about government limits, religious freedom and family values.
Liberals have good ideas about making
our systems inclusive, protecting the environment, and compassion
for one's neighbors.
In their obsession for attacking each other,
they fail to live up to their own ideals.
Conservatives have built the largest
government we've ever seen, while people still buy into their "small
government" rhetoric. They have chipped away at our civil rights
and defined family values in terms of politics and discrimination.
They have damaged the autonomy of our three branches of government
and tried to blur the separation of church and state that makes
true democracy possible (check out governments that don't keep them
separate). Family values are quickly set aside for corporate interests.
Their idea of patriotism has nothing to do with a government "of,
by and for the people," but of falling in line with one's leaders
out of national pride, like any Imperialistic monarchy. Their crusade
against taxes smacks of arrogant hypocrisy while propagating the
largest deficit ever. Their lockstep mentality curtails free thought
and creativity, and fails to hear the cries of those oppressed.
When liberals represent certain
groups and not others, they fail to include all Americans in their
so-called inclusiveness, subversively adding to national division.
Failing to provide moral leadership, they treat social problems
through expensive government programs that treat only the symptoms
and not the cause. Their attitudes toward businesses ignore how
families depend upon businesses for their livelihood. They are so
fearful of religious oppression that they consider sectarianism
as the enemy. Their concern for minority rights borders on excluding
them from what we have left of our national culture. Their biggest
blunder is losing sight of the very things they claim they stand
for while competing with their opposition. They feel they have all
the answers, when fail to even hear the questions.
Each extreme will say or do anything that
benefits, not their cause, but their thirst for power. They don't
even see how their tireless animosity produces only contention,
failure and disappointing victories.
To make it worse, they have convinced many
of us that if we support one party, we cannot believe in any truth
the opposition advocates.
Both feel that they are taking the moral
high ground, when in fact they suffer from the same short-sightedness.
It is time that we question each party
severely, and leave no quarter to hypocrisy or maliciousness. We
must do this from the standpoint of our moral convictions, something
they both lack, despite claims to the contrary.
this in mind, I present the following Political Manifesto
for you to consider.
Political Manifesto for Chivalry-Now
- I will apply
my search for truth to political issues, and not allow any party
or political leader to unduly influence my values or my vote.
- I will be
critical of political strategies that tell me what to think in
order to increase the power of a particular party.
- I will question
what the media tells me, and be aware of their opportunistic,
sensationalistic priorities that are ruining both politics and
- I will examine
political statements for what they are not saying, and for what
they are meant to steer our attention away from.
- I will reject
clichés and political rhetoric that attempt to stop me
from thinking beyond them, no matter how comfortable they feel.
- I will take
responsibility for my own political choices, and not blindly follow
those of my parents, friends or advocacy groups.
- I will support
political leadership only so long as it represents what is good,
and performs its duty honorably.
- I do not
expect perfection from a leader, but will actively condemn hypocrisy,
dishonesty, manipulation of the issues, nationalistic creeds that
try to shape my opinions, and "patriotic" rhetoric that
tells me to stop thinking and fall in line. Such oppressive tactics
oppose everything that Western freedom and democracy is all about.
- I will write
letters to the editor, send opinion to my representatives, and
positively articulate my opinions with a constant sense
of courtesy and perseverance.
Freedom is never
about who we follow, or which candidate we throw our hopes on. It's
about what we decide to do for ourselves and for others.
I, for one, listen carefully to what people
have to say about the issues, and critically decide what appears
to be true. So doing, I
refuse to have my opinion shaped by anyone. There is no leader in
this life, political, racial, religious, philosophical, or anything
else, that supersedes my responsibility to think for myself. Chivalry-Now
would be just another movement if it demanded anything less.
are these authorities who wish to control us? People like anyone
else, but with particular agendas that we cannot know for certain.
Trust and loyalty are chivalric virtues,
but they should never mean foolishly surrendering one's integrity