One of the reasons I was in Washington DC this week was to attend the Pajamas Media panel discussion “How Partisan is Partisan?” at the National Press Club. In attendance were some very esteemed members of the blogosphere and some members of the MSM and the discussion was, naturally, about the role of blogs in the partisan political arena.
I wont get into parsing the editorials linked above or critiquing individual opinions. Nor will I offer up any substantial intellectual theory or provide a debate on the nuances and pros and cons of same. I will just give you all the opinion of this immigrant son of a welder:
Partisanship is a privilege.
As much as we may disagree with those who have opposing points of view and as much as we may work to disprove same, and regardless of the fact that some of those opposing views are cause for much anger and frustration and may be in absolute contrast to everything that we hold dear, we must recognize the fact that this is the inherent right of every person living in a free society.
And since not all persons are granted that right of choice or of opinion or of expression – as in the case of a country like Cuba – then those of us who can freely express our convictions without repercussion should consider it a privilege.
And that, despite all of our vast and perceived differences, makes us all pretty much the same. Right, left, center or extreme either way.