1. The continuing saga of the Crystal Sugar Company lockout
2. NHL and the players' union lockout (About to happen twice?)
3. SPCO musicians’ lockout
4. Minnesota Orchestra musicians’ lockout
5. Obama and Boehner
6. The need to take failed Minnesota legislative initiatives to the people
7. Lack of a budget proposal from the US Senate
8. The science of climate change vs. the rhetoric of climate change
9. The science of evolution vs. the rhetoric of evolution
10.Gun ownership and carry issues
11.The abortion debate
Two partisan sides these days seem more often locked in unending rhetorical arguments that fail to look at the science of the issues when appropriate and fail to acknowledge that both sides can be differently“correct” on social issues. Both types of failures prevent possibilities of compromise and solution.
I blame both conservatives and liberals for these failures. It seems both sides are now looking only for “perfect” solutions to problems. Thus, the iterative social solution method built into our democratic system is not working well at all these days.
Nowhere is this fact more evident than in the gun ownership/carry debate. The unfortunate shootings in Newtown, Connecticut have rightfully brought this debate to the front burner. As in the past, card-carrying NRA gun owner/carry advocates seem to be unwilling to accept any level of compromise. I have seen efforts to enter into a rational conversation about gun control met head-on with invective, ad hominem, and profanity on conservative blogs. The conversation is so laden with emotion that logic completely disappears.
This lack of rationality seems to be particularly – although not exclusively – true of those espousing the NRA side of the issue.