I want you, the reader of this blog, to suggest topics for me. I want you to comment when you disagree or think that there is a facet of an issue that I have not considered. You might change my mind, and you might be right about my failure to consider something.
I started this blog because I want to do what I can to change the partisan way that issues are discussed. I think that in order to do that people need to openly disagree, and then try to find ways to accommodate their disagreement. Really, honestly, agree to disagree when possible.
This idea was originally inspired by Obama when he came into office. He stated that he wanted to try to find middle ground on issues. Unfortunately there are a lot of issues that do not have a real middle ground. Pretty much all wedge issues, as far as I can tell, are built around the lack of a middle ground.
But sometimes that lack of a middle ground is artificial. Sometimes people can be brought around to tolerating a differing opinion if the terms of the argument are changed. And sometimes my mind gets changed by someone else's argument.
"If you can't change your mind, are you sure you still have one."
It's a bit of bumper sticker wisdom that I actually like.
But some wedge issues just don't have a middle ground or obvious compromise. Like abortion. I absolutely support reproductive rights. I think it is totally unethical for people to have their reproductive choices made for them. But I also understand the worldview that sees abortion as murder.
To me, being able to recognize the validity of two totally opposing arguments makes for an interesting and difficult problem.
I received my first topic request today from Meagan Lockard. She wants me to blog about the Hobby Lobby Ruling. I think this is a great topic to try to tackle because it is centered on one of these points of conflict and incompatibility. It's a court decision on reproductive rights and religious rights. And it's a topic where I really don't feel like I have all the answers.
So I'm going to work on it. And if you have a topic you would like me to work on please leave a comment.
I can't guarantee that I will come up with anything worth reading, but I will try.