THE BLESSINGS OF DISSENT

7 10 2017

Authored by William Robert Barber

Divergent opinions usually result in alienation and dissension; withstanding, disagreements short of bloodletting evidence a thriving democracy. Pluralism necessitates disputes for differing ideological and societal conviction. The moral right or wrong of a political opinion is not the a priori of concern. However, the argument, no matter the resolve, is obligated to discern (by principles of logical deduction) the empirical from theoretical.

Every side of a particular argument is charged to engender artful persuasion in pursuit of consensus. The erudite performance or reasonableness of one’s persuasion is often insufficient. It is common for persuasion to fall short of consensus.

Before and after the forming of the republic, dissension amongst the citizenry was prevalent. If one searches for a difference between the then and the now, the differing resides in the growth of technology and literateness of the present population. Both, technology and literacy are a necessary precursor to the creation of a robustly profitable 24-hour news cycle. 

However, in the present political climate, the motivating emphasis of the liberal media is vengeance. Progressives and socialist have coined these efforts the “resistance.” The mission of the “resistance” is to depose President Trump and replace Republicans (the majority) with liberal Democrats. For members of the “resistance,” the means to achieve this end is justified by the result.

For example, Congress and its investigative committees are striving to find evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump administration. After nine months of intense investigative work, there is no evidence of collusion. Nonetheless, for political purposes, the pursuit of what does not exist continues and will continue until the next presidential election. Interestingly, the Democratic Party’s charge that the Russians are the perpetrators of initiating electoral chaos when in fact evidence of undermining electoral confidence points directly to the Democrats. It is the Democrats that by factoid or outright deception seek to undermine the last presidential election.

Seemingly, Americans have formed ideological defenses.  Entrenched by predetermined political beliefs, conservatives and liberals are comfortable behind their parapets. Just as Hamilton could not sway Jefferson or Washington understand the need for political parties, conflicts of and between ideological perspectives is a continuum that has no end. Contrariness is a nécessité of free-thinking and a fundamental of a democratic republic.

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