Partisanship: Is politics your religion?

There’s nothing wrong with politics. There’s nothing wrong with religion. Nor is there anything wrong with mixing the two. When partisan politics is your religion, however, things have likely gone too far. This is the sorry state of much of mankind across the globe at the moment.politics-religion-orientation-occupation-why-cant-we-just-judge-people-by-the-kind-of-car-they-drive-6efce

Most of what we see, hear, and read (including that which is in the media) has a political flavour to it — some inherent bias. After all, journalists are people too.

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

It is a great achievement—a great spiritual victory—for an individual to extricate themselves from every last part of their own bias.

And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Beyond that, however, we deal with mortals: and their shortcomings. The reader, viewer, or listener, must constantly be making allowance for that, accordingly, when interpreting information and the way it is being presented.

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For instance, The Spectator is a mainstream right-wing magazine from the United Kingdom. Democracy Now, on the other hand, is an independent (read alternative) left-leaning news program based in the United States. And Press TV, well that’s a state-sponsored news agency from Iran.

Variations may also exist between individuals within the one organisation. The three sites mentioned (above) are not singled out for criticism, rather that it be self-referential that you may (or may not) make allowances as you may (or may not) see fit. That goes for all information that is sourced.

Notwithstanding, true believers, followers, and doers, need have no bias.

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Putting all the pieces together, from various sources, making requisite allowance, imbues us with a picture of the totality of a situation. Circumstances are complicated because people and relationships are complex—multifaceted and multidimensional— dependencies, independencies, and interdependencies. We all have them. And we have them all, to a degree.

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People are passionate about politics because politics—despite the inherent danger of being so—has become their religion. Perhaps that has always been the case. But never has it been so globally instant, so mimetically viral. Politics is exalted above all else.†  The web, of course, could instead be used to exalt the creator above all. After which, indeed, there should be no reason that religion and politics cannot mix. But until mankind enters that new paradigm of virtuous living, we shall have to continue to make allowance for the information that feeds us.

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† [Ed: perhaps that is why we must have this great Tribulation].

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Bien Cuit?

We like our politics cuit — or medium-well, if you must. Well-grilled—not rare at all—but still moist and tender. Tissue too loose or too tight is just not cooking with gas. And well apart from the sycophants, it seems there are many both sides of the middle who have the bitter aftertaste of eight years of commander-in-chef number 44. But there are just as many, seemingly, who dislike 45, well before he’s had his chance to fry.

The media hoopla and social buzz around 45, both good and bad, is typical of most human fare. We are either moribund to what’s going on before us or we are melodramatic at the slightest. With 44, most were stupefied at the flesh on offer. To 45, most are wont to histrionics at the sinew that may be served. Each of these responses—stupor on the one hand, histrionics on the other—is as distasteful as the other, to my palate.

Merrily rolling to the wistful delights at the hands of 44 was soft-serve on the tongue for those on the left. It kept them with a post-prandial ecstatic disregard for the waste, to his anachronistic wheeze, and the wanton recklessness. Reactionary hyperbole to the fizz of 45 is itself wasteful — in motivation, in purpose, and in energy. Better it is to let the new cook stir the pot before we take our taste of the broth. For all intents and purposes, and given our predilection for an even heat to our meals, we should embrace 45—and all his ingredients quaint—and bid 44 adieu, with obligatory compliments.

We are equally mindful, however, that 44, much like a dish of undercooked pork, has shown a penchant before to bob up when least expected and certainly when not wanted. Despite the inauguration of 45, and along with the seeming reluctant transfer of power, we here doubt that 44 will go silently into the culinary night. Rather he will come and go adorned with toque and brandishing ladle, perhaps to even surprise as Chef de Cuisine. But with each iteration, the hapless patron wonders after the soup du jour.

Taking none away from the new chef de partie and his kitchen-hands, we expect to collectively perseverate still from the incantations of 44—his appetiser (four laborious years) and his “main” (four more laborious years)—chewing a sarcomere trop cuit. Well may his number be up, but he has yet to serve dessert. And who has the stomach for it?


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Tunisia’s Turn

With Syria imploding and Egypt teetering, what the Middle East needs now, like you need a hole in your head, is another neighbour collapsing — enter Tunisia.

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Tunis in support of the Opposition’s demands for the resignation of the Islamist-led government following a recent political assassination; also marking the six-month anniversary of the assassination of a prominent leftist leader. The Tunisian General Labour Union called its members to join the rally.

The current unrest comes only two-years since President Ben Ali was overthrown by a popular uprising at the start of the “Arab Spring” with the protestors demanding the dissolution of the transitional assembly. The National Constituent Assembly (ANC), eight months beyond its promised deadline, is still in the process of drawing up the constitution; after which fresh elections are to be held in December.

Since the revolution but following years of oppression under the ousted Ben Ali, a range of Islamists have emerged in Tunisia ranging from moderates like the ruling Ennahda movement to the ultra-conservative Salafists. Just a few days earlier, Ennahda came out in a 150,000-strong show of support for the government. Indeed, the Opposition protestors say they are anti-Ennahda rather than anti-Islam.

Meanwhile, another group, the Ansar al-Sharia, wants the introduction of Islamic law across Tunisia. Their leader Seif Allah Ibn Hussein, imprisoned prior to the revolution, is in hiding following an arrest warrant for the attacks on the US embassy in Tunis in September 2012.

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