My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has a post up about The Power of Political Tribalism. Go read his post and my comment on it. Then, come back here. I’ll wait.
Otto von Bismarck famously described politics as the art of the possible. Compromise with people who don’t share your beliefs and goals is involved. Jerks like the subject of Stacy’s post have allowed their partisanship-driven passion to run amok. Because he can’t control his neighbors’ beliefs, he has become powerless over politics (his and theirs), and his life has become unmanageable.
The Gentle Reader may have noticed that I describe myself as a Recovering Democrat. While Maryland’s voting laws have led me to register as a Republican so I can vote in the primary elections of the party most closely aligned with my ideals, I occasionally vote for independents or candidates from other parties. Why? I do so because alliances or compromises are necessary sometimes to get a better deals when the best deals are off the table. Meanwhile, I’ll try to convince you that my point of view is correct, and I’ll poke fun at the other side’s folly, but I’ll try to keep things civil.
Perhaps being arrested for stalking will cause the subject of Stacy’s post to hit bottom and allow a Power greater than himself to restore his sanity.