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7/1 Lena Gregory, Scone Cold Killer
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7/15 TG Wolff, Driving Reign
7/22 Leslie Budewitz, The Solace of Bay Leaves
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7/11 Mark Dressler
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7/4 Valerie Burns
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Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!


Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.


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Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.


Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


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Friday, October 26, 2012

Bubble Wrap Politics


Bubble Wrap Politics

I recently had a conversation with a friend in New Zealand who commented that he had to be careful with what he said to Americans about the presidential election because people for both candidates are easily offended.  I think he’s right.  It seems to me that many people in both camps have locked themselves into a way of perceiving the election, and maybe the whole world, in a way that discounts any information or opinion that diverges from their preconceptions.  Many of us are like separate bubbles in a sheet of bubble wrap, i.e., we feel complete and whole. We don’t acknowledge our common connections. 

I believe the last time the American population was as polarized as now was shortly before the Civil War. 

Governor Romney’s error during the second presidential debate in stating President Obama did not immediately denounce the killings in Libya as, an “act of terror” could be a reflection of the current state of politics. Apparently there was, and may still be, statements on right-wing blogs that the President did not use that language until weeks after the tragic events in spite of the transcripts and videotape showing that he did. The actual statement was ignored because it did not fit the stereotype of the president as weak on foreign policy. 

Putting politics aside for the moment, logically why wouldn’t President Obama describe act of terror as acts of terror?  If Governor Romney had been president, I believe he would have used such language.  I can’t think of any past president of the United States who would not. 

Some time ago a friend of mine mistakenly said Governor Romney told the press he had not taken part in the war in Viet Nam because he was personally “too valuable.” to risk his life in a war he had supported.  I’ll give my friend credit for admitting and correcting the statement, which originated from a politically satirical source.  Of course, Mr. Romney didn’t say anything like that. Who would?  It went around as a rumor because it fit the stereotype of the Governor as an unusually privileged person.

I have heard comments suggesting that each contestant has a close personal tie with the devil.

It is comfortable and comforting to interact with people who share our values and beliefs.  It’s reassuring to interact and have our beliefs supported. But when we exclude people with other ideas and values we risk ending up with perceptions that are more idealized and/or demonized than realistic.

Do you agree?  

8 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

I agree, Warren. I learned a college word in freshman Sociology class that I think applies here--ethnocentrism. Although with the Internet our world seems to be shrinking, even within the U.S., let alone the world, cultures and values are diverse. Learning leads to understanding. But there are differences that sometimes form a gulf that can't be bridged. It is then up to us to preserve our values and liberties the U.S. Constitution provides.

randall031 said...

Amen Warren Amen.

I'm so ready for this election to be over and then hope we can find some way to actually TALK to each other, regardless of which camp we're in.

Thanks.

Jim Jackson said...

I'm not quite sure the population is as polarized as the current crop of politicians. To be fair, that may have been the case before the Civil War until the Secession occurred (or maybe even until the first shots were fired.)

My mother has a solution that I repeat with attribution whenever possible: any vote for candidates comes with a box at the bottom "none of the above." When you check the box it subtracts one vote from each candidate. The winner is someone with the most votes, and the number has to be positive.

If no candidate gets a positive vote, the parties try someone else. Continue until someone wins under the rules.

It would force parties back to the middle, where most of the voters really would prefer to be governed.

~ Jim

Warren Bull said...

Well said. EB

Warren Bull said...

Randall031,

It will be a relief.

Warren Bull said...

James. Your mother is a wise woman.

Linda Rodriguez said...

James,your mother is such a wise woman. I vote that she be allowed to overhaul our extremely dysfunctional political system.

Randall031, I'm with you there.

Warren, thanks for not outing me.

I was the friend who sent the satirical post thinking it was true. It wasn't from the Onion or any known satirical outlet but a new one that had just started up and it was written like an actual news article, so I got fooled. One of the big problems I've seen with this whole electoral cycle has been the extreme stances politicians (on both sides) take that would seem surely to have come right out of the Onion's pages, but unfortunately turn out to be things people in political office are actually publicly saying or espousing.

I'm so ready for it to be over.

Warren Bull said...

Linda,

In this election it is hard to tell reality from satire. Nobody would believe it if it were written as fiction.