The Closing of Open Minds

Discussion in 'Political/Religious Topics' started by Kellen, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. Kellen

    Kellen G&G Evangelist

    President Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Associate Justice seat vacated by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Part of the so-called “checks and balances” integrated by the founding fathers into our Constitution, the President’s nominee is now controlled by Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, requiring the “advice and consent” of the United States Senate. And so the games begin.

    The Senate’s behavior over the next month will epitomize partisanship. In fact, the extremism of partisanship in the Senate will be so vicious and base that it will be damaging to our nation. Senators care not. They know what they do. They know that their behavior will be caustic to cohesiveness in this country. Clearly, they don’t care. Partisanship is more important to them than our nation.

    Whether observing Republicans or Democrats, one thing will be glaringly absent from next month’s proceedings: open minds.

    Perhaps nobody has a completely open mind. We are all experts at closing our minds by deftly leaping across intellectual chasms that interfere with our beliefs. Every human being learns to blithely shut his or her eyes to reality when reality does not comport with what they want to believe. Call it base human nature.

    But is it not at least our better nature to look beyond baseness and embrace rationality and morality? Yes, that can be a difficult struggle when our base human nature wrestles against our better nature. But the long history of mankind is one of hope that rationality and morals, not our base nature, can win that battle.

    It is entirely sad and regressive, therefore, that we will not see rationality or morals win out against base human nature in the US Senate. No. Their base human nature will be unleashed, and the dogs of partisanship will further tear our country part.

    And so it is that the US Senate has become our iconic symbol of closed minds in America.

    As the games unfold I will not cheerlead for one side or the other. I will not gleefully watch the combat as if I were a spectator in the Roman Colosseum circa 80 AD. No indeed. I will watch with melancholy, knowing the truth of what the Senate is doing to our country, and worse, knowing that they know what they are doing to our country.
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  2. mitchr

    mitchr G&G Evangelist

    True, as evidenced by democrats saying they would oppose & republicans boasting they had enough votes to confirm, even before his choice was known.

    I suppose both sides can claim they knew who was on his short list, but how much time have they had to vet all of them?

  3. democRats were pushing to get merrick garland in but it failed....too bad, we win. She will be appointed. :usa:
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  4. BigEd63

    BigEd63 G&G Evangelist

    I admit I've zero open mind to any and all aspects of socialism in govt.

    And I expect my representatives in the House and Senate to act in the same way. But many never fail to disappoint.

    Thinking on this I'm kinda glad my Senator Tom Cotton didn't make it as the final nominee. Someone with his backbone and grit is needed in the Senate right now.