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Political Games in Dead-Serious Times

In this excerpt, the author notes the politics of Diversion. Politicians often try to divert our attention from issues they don't want to debate. The diversion usually appeals to our fears. If we take the bait, we complete the diversion.

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Debra Dean Murphy, GOD's politics

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Submitted by Evergreene Contributing Editor Mike Steigerwald


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Because Americans allow bickering politicians and ratings-driven news executives to tell us what constitutes “politics,” we have a tragically short-sighted view of what it means to be citizens with a shared destiny who seek the common good and the flourishing of all. (In other words, we’re all in the same boat, but we stand around on deck mocking and belittling each other while the vessel slowly sinks. But, boy, does our smugness-while-drowning make us feel good.)

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Actually, we’re not all drowning — yet. Those of us not in dire straits seem to make the most noise about the silliest things. Our public schools are failing, but .. Obama is a Muslim! A socialist! a Kenyan! CEOs of major corporations make 400 times — 400 hundred times — what the people who clean up after them earn, but … gay marriage will destroy America!

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