American politics can be summed up by two particular issues, guns and abortion, and I think I have found a way to end the stalemate.
Taissa, a gun control advocate, finds herself impregnated at the age of nineteen and is definitely not ready for the rigors of motherhood.
Harold, a pro-lifer, owns forty seven guns to protect himself against the government that he becomes irate about hearing liberals criticize.
Is there any way we can resolve this discordance? Is there a compromise which will meet the interests of both sides? You fuckin’ betcha there is!
Taissa says, “Hey Harry, you promise to raise this baby or find it a good home, and I promise not to abort it.”
“Oh really,” replies Harry, “what is the catch?”
“You give up your guns and gun rights forever.”
The question now is, does Harry really care more about the sanctity of human life than he does for his boomsticks? What is his priority here? If he takes the deal, he gets to ensure that Taissa endures her pregancy for nine months and then gets to make sure that the kid is raised to grow up less like her and more like him.
By the numbers it appears that Harry wins this moral contest, and all he loses are his guns. He does not risk his health or future, inasmuch as he was never really going to use his guns to fight the oppressors anyway.
Taissa, by agreeing to the onerous trial of gestation, has put herself in harms way in order that some guy like Harry will no longer be armed.
But I ask you…is there a Harry or Taissa out there that would make such a sacrifice in order to make the changes they want to see in the world? Probably a few, but not many. These topics have become weaponized scripts that each side uses to alienate and dehumanize the other with, which has about a zero million chance of ever accomplishing anything.
At this point we are just as oppressed by our attachment to these same endless political power plays as we are by the politicians and their corporate sponsors. You are best off refusing to be swayed by either of these issues, and instead apply your energy and resources to making changes right in your own community.