The title of this post comes from the title of one of my all-time favorite albums, Logic Will Break Your Heart, which was released in 2003 by the Montreal-based alternative band, The Stills. While the primary topic of the album is love, the title easily translates to political ideas too. Numerous social and economic issues whose solution seems logically simple on the surface tend to get contorted and twisted askew in the wacky world of partisan politics. Here are just a few examples of logical, reasonable, and rational progressive political ideals that get routinely attacked by the radical right and its operatives:
- Women should be earning equal pay for equal work.
- A woman should have the right to make decisions regarding her body without intrusion from the government.
- Same-sex couples can fall in love just as easily as opposite sex couples and should be able to get married.
- Strengthening public education at all levels will pay healthy dividends in the future.
- Fighting wars in far-off foreign lands has become an untenable and unwinnable scenario when going it alone.
- Trickle-down economics is a sham perpetrated by the mouthpieces and stooges of the plutocracy.
- Denying due process to some weakens the Bill of Rights for all.
- Public service is an honorable profession, no matter whether you are a police officer, firefighter, clerk, teacher, nurse, inspector, maintenance worker, mayor, or any other public employee.
- Privatization is not the solution to all problems; in fact it often is the problem.
- Allowing guns to be carried in virtually any location is a guaranteed recipe for disaster.
- Health is a basic right that falls under the right to life, not a privilege for only those who can afford it.
- The rich and major corporations do not pay their fair share in taxes and now wield far too much power as our nation has co-opted from a democracy to a plutocracy over the past three decades.
Many more logical statements could be added to this list, but you can get the picture from these twelve. Far too often emotion, irrational fears, illogical arguments, and unreasonable conditions stand in the way of real progress, These perpetual roadblocks prolong suffering, delay solutions, and increase the overall costs. Nobody is discounting the need for healthy debate. But, there is a certain point where continuous debate transforms into purposeful delay, which transforms into stalling, which, if undeterred causes our nation to begin regressing instead of progressing.
I guess, when it comes down to it, the question is: Do you want to our nation to progress or regress? To me, regressing is an acceptance of defeat and quitting. Meanwhile, progressing is finding solutions and advancing forward. Based on those two choices, the answer is simple, rational, reasonable, and logical. Hopefully, it will be so to everyone. Too many hearts have already been broken by past and present political shenanigans