We are not the far left. We are not the far right.
We, who reside between those extremes, are America. We, who get conflicted over the arguments coming from both sides, are America. Don’t take that lightly, because those of us in between who don’t always know what the right answer is, are LISTENING to both sides. That’s what Americans do. We hear both arguments and then we make tough decisions about what we believe. We allow more information, not less. We allow both sides to speak, not stifle. We read, we watch debates, we discuss, and then we hug it out afterward.
Those who never listen, who never concede a point, who plug their ears, are the extremes. Those who read only their side; who never branch out of their comfort zone; who only seek “gotcha moments” and ignore all rebuttals, are the extremes. America is right in the middle.
Is it a coincidence that right in between the extreme cold of Canada, and the extreme heat of Mexico is this place we call the United States of America? A place where people are allowed to express, and worship, and protest, and invent, and succeed, and fail on their own. Where people are allowed to dress, sing, play, dance, and pray however they want.
The extremes on the far left would say NO, you cannot pray here or there or anywhere we deem offensive! The extremes on the far right would say NO, you cannot love him or her or anyone we deem offensive! Those of us in the middle say WHO CARES! Do what you want as long as you don’t harm anyone else. Live and let live.
If your neighbor across the street has an idea that he thinks will make someone’s life better and decides to invest his time, money, and thought into it, good for him! If he fails, don’t laugh at him for having a dream and daring to try. If he succeeds, don’t hate him for the rewards he has EARNED! Love both of them!
America. We are not, and cannot be 100% liberal or conservative. We need both sides. That’s hard to accept, I know. But we need both sides in the same way that a company needs people of different talents, interests, and personalities to perform all the necessary tasks of production. We need both sides: To remind us that not everyone’s needs are the same; that we are all in this together; and to check each other when we get lost in that tunnel vision of rooting for our team.
So here’s what you need to do. Don’t let the extremes on YOUR side run the show. YOU have to fight YOUR side of crazies. The other side has to fight their side of crazies. They are a small minority that we have somehow allowed to control the agenda. Take a stand. We in the middle are the ones that always decide the elections. WE are in control. Don’t be fooled by the narrative of those extremes. They want you to feel small. But WE surround THEM.