I watched a fascinating video of Agnes Collard (PhD in Philosophy from University of Chicago) some time back (and many times over), where she describes what she believed to be “The Socratic Method”, which is to say (in a rough paraphrase): to **know** something, or know the **truth** *of* something, there has to be a due process of two opposing sides working *separately* in terms of preferred outcome, but working *together* in terms of **idealistic goals**”. nnAnd she describes, in a court of law, you have the prosecution, and you have the defense – one side is seeking to convict the guilty, the other side is seeking to acquit the innocent – but BOTH sides have the **idealistic goal** of seeking justice.nnI feel this was once the case with federal politics in the United States. There were (at one time) two sides seeking out two different preferred outcomes (not that an “outcome” was ever meant to come to pass – of course, government (if done right) is continual and ever-changing) – but, they both had the same **idealistic goals** in mind in terms of what the “core” values of America could and should be.nnNow, there are those on the far (extreme) Right, and those on the far (extreme) Left, and both are parties completely enamored with their own struggles for power. Having a simple, middle ground, working class, compromising, bi-partisan environment (be it federal or local government(s)), is not a thing that is currently achievable with those whom have been elected to office in recent times.nnMy encouraging words of advice (as if it were ever solicited) – vote better. Think for yourselves and develop (like, legit THINK about) a set of core values, vote for those who uphold those values. Not just who can gain the most popularity, or “win” the game (because it actually isn’t a “game” (nor does it have to be any type of power struggle)). Think with others in mind. Be kind.nn

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