Reflection is Good for the Soul and for Politics

Every so often, especially for those of us who’ve chosen to immerse ourselves in the political mud pit, it seems a good idea to sit back and reflect on our political views. It’s important to recognize whether you believe something because it’s promoted by “your side,” or because the issue is worth your support. The difference is critical with all the group-think proliferating within America today.

Not too long ago, while watching Tucker Carlson Tonight on the Fox News Channel, he was interviewing a liberal guest. Now, I don’t remember the specific issue but for this discussion, it’s not important. What is important is that I found myself thinking the guest was making sense. After he finished speaking, looking surprised, Carlson said something to the effect of, “I think you’ve convinced me. I hadn’t thought about it that way, but it makes sense.” I was thinking the same thing. I value independent thought, but it felt good to have a similar reaction to the guest’s point validated so immediately by someone of like mind.