I am a 53 year old white male who is an Independent voter. I have been both a Democrat and Republican in my life, but find myself disillusioned by the extreme points of view of both parties. I would say I am more of a moderate left thinker. My day job is a consultant, but I spend a lot of volunteer time helping those in need – the impoverished, hungry and homeless. Yet, the Republican in me, wants to see a return on investment, so I am very big on helping people climb a ladder to self-sufficiency. We need fewer band-aids and more ways to empower people to improve their condition.
I am writing this as I believe the moderate, more rational view of political debate is not getting its fair share of air time. I am frequent watcher of the PBS News Hour which is the most unbiased view on what is happening in the world. I would encourage others who tend to watch the more conservative propaganda disguised as news or the extreme liberal outlets to watch this with me.
We need people to discuss the issues at hand and listen to each others’ arguments. We need to always look for context and the source of information. There is a lot of misinformation out there and anyone can be made to look like a fool by taking things out of context.