Saturday, June 18, 2016
No Absolute Truths
No part of the political spectrum has a monopoly on truth.
Max Boot, “The Long War: To Stop Future Attacks, Wall Street Journal, June 18-19, 2016)
A June 14-15 Gallup polls reveals the following:
U.A. Adults, Republicans, Independents, Democrats
Causes of Orlando Tragedy: ISIS or Gun Violence
U.S. Adults GOP Independents Democrats
ISIS 48% 79% 44% 29%
Guns 41% 16% 42% 60%
Both 6% 1% 9% 7%
The results could not be more stark. Republicans and Democrats could not be more divided on the root causes of the Orlando massacre.
And our political leaders – Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump, could not be more wrong. “We Need Solutions from All Sides: Better Security and Surveillance at Home, a Vigorous Fight Abroad, and the Support of Muslim Moderates Everywhere.”
A similar divide, less stark, applies to health care , Republicans favoring repeal of ObamaCare and less government intervention, Democrats leading towards expansion of ObamaCare and more government regulations, and Independents somewhere in the middle.
Truth be known, we need solutions from all sides: a more efficient federal bureaucracy will less emphasis on intervention into doctor-patient relations, a wiser widening of the social safety net where feasible, and support of moderate Americans for solutions that do not threaten the individual liberties or choice of doctors and health plans.