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breakdown of the middle ground.

See no evil Barack Obama.

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A political writer I’m not. An intrigued, curious, and newly inspired listener of politics I am.

Perhaps this theme subdivision isn’t as continuously showcased as are the other topics I write on are, but bipartisanship is no less a middle ground issue. The bifactor theme involves the coexisting of seemingly opposite factors and the uniting/clashing behavioral reactions that ensue.

Andrew Rosenthal, the editor of The Times’ Editorial, recently spoke to area Montclair, New Jersey residents (where he’s also a resident), and he criticized President Obama’s bipartisan effortsHe spends too much time trying to appear bipartisan and tries too hard to accommodate the Republicans.

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I respect your motivation.

Back on my soapbox (a saying I dread but apparently use), I’m continually reminded of a comment a close friend of mine made to me when she was pursuing a new career path–this one being in nonprofit regarding animals. I was excited at her new job prospects, but quizzical when she debated how some might view her decision to work with animals versus people. I’m eminently concerned with worldwide human rights issues, but animals need love to-if people don’t help them who will? It never crossed my mind that one could be viewed as more important than the other in terms of helping. But say you had the chance to either save your brother in a burning fire or your beloved family dog. You clearly should opt for the brother (no matter how annoying he may be! J ). Personally I commend any and everyone that recognizes an issue or problem and becomes apart of that platform to work on remedying the situation. Whose place is it say that saving whales isn’t that important, or that a PETA member doesn’t care as much about children dying in Dafur?

There are so many organizations for so many specific reasons, all of which addressing concerns someone at least considers valuable and important. I may have not heard of such a strife before, so wouldn’t the correct course of action to be to commend them for being this plight to the surface? Human Trafficking has recently been brought more to the forefront in recent years, a situation I had no idea could or even would be able to occur in present day society. I may not be able to financially be able to support the cause, but you can bet it only took one Lifetime movie about the subject to make me aware and on the lookout of possible situations that could very well be happening around me.

Knowing is the key.

If you don’t know about something how can you do anything about it?

Millions of kidnapping victims have been found because signs of suspicious behavior to look out for have been explained to us. We’re aware of organizations that cater to assisting abused women and children. There’s a support group out there for everything under the sun!! And that’s okay. To any one that has ever looked down upon someone’s participation or support of a cause you deem “less than important compared to something else” I say SHAME ON YOU! Your order of help hierarchy is organized differently, but if honest to goodness help is the goal attempted to be provided-then you hush down! (That being said, any group that aims to unite in the harming or persecution of anyone, I am ALL FOR HATING ON THEM!! BOO ethic cleansing groups, and people bashing based on personal preferences. I can spot harmful groups a mile away!) Living in a world consumed by people only concerned with themselves, I cannot do anything but respect someone who makes their voice heard in their effort to help any creature. I heart trees and old buildings too. If it matters to even one person, I can at least respect that, and so should you.

—Posted by Maggie Barnes

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What’s my motivation?

Three homeless people approach three separate individuals, on three different occasions.

On one is a war vet who can’t keep a job.

One is a single mom with a young child.

One is all alone on the streets with their dog as their sole companion.

Who would be the first to cause you to stop with your spare change?

I am the product of a single mom household so the mom grabs at my heart strings. One of my friends is an animal rights nonprofit worker, so I’d bet the struggling pet owner would draw her in. Neither of us knows anyone who’s served in a war.

The common denominator here is when people have a personal connection to something or a cause it’s a direct motivator in supporting their reason to actively participate. The majority of backers pushing gay civil right causes are gay themselves. Most forefront celebrity spokespersons for abused women and female rights campaigns and organizations are themselves previously victimized women. And those who take the time to organize inner city programs to aid students with educational circumstantial disabilities, have most likely at least seen an inner city, or know someone who has and was moved by the attributes.

In the upcoming posts I will challenge those and ourselves to grapple with why we make these choices verses others and explore how anyone can decide what is more important when its all important.

I’m very patriotic and I’m an animal lover. Maybe I’d give money to each of these three homeless society members. Then what about the guy on the next block, content to live off the grid and make do off the kindness of strangers? Someone tell me what’s my motivation?

—posted by Maggie Barnes

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Bipartisan-say what?!

If I could put together a bipartisan coalition to confront my landlord on the lack of heating to myself and fellow building residents, I wonder if then she would turn on the heat! I’ve submitted to cold by California standards, so is it too much to ask to comfortably walk around in shorts and a tank top without the aid of a blanket? I want our new energy efficient heating system–and I want it now!!

Now on to more important things, such as my quest to understand the concept of bipartisanship and its place in the government and society. By definition the word is a description meaning consisting of, or supported by members of two political parties. With that loose explanation I first think of the Senate and House of Representative because it’s compiled of members of both parties working on interests regarding the nation. But what’s all this talk about Democrats taking the house? Or the Republican agenda?

So, I strongly suggest taking a gander at Glenn Greenwald’s recent discussion on the topic:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/11/18/bipartisanship/ , then perhaps President-Elect Obama’s recent online video, apart of the ChangeDotGov series, regarding a climate summit, will make a little more sense.

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