Constitution of the United Sane of America

For mostly reasonable people.

Preamble (slight rip-off for anyone who knows the original): We the Reasonable People, in Order to form a more productive Union, establish Justness, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the Common Sense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the lessons of our History to ourselves and our Posterity (who are watching), do declare and establish this Constitution for the United Sane of America.

  1. We agree not to let our fears, concerns or emotions run amok and make us crazy and will work to judge rationally whether a situation is really crazy-worthy.
  2. We agree to rationally THINK before, during and after we speak, blog or forward on messages that have the potential to add to the craziness of this world.
  3. We agree to use words as tools of communication not weapons of mass destruction. We will also not use actual weapons like guns or bombs in trying to get our points across (because that would be insane!)
  4. We agree not to assume that because someone thinks differently, they are, in fact, insane, unpatriotic, or extremely ignorant.
  5. If there is evidence that someone may be insane, manipulative, or extremely ignorant of relevant facts we agree not to respond by sinking to their level.
  6. We agree not to participate in wild exaggerations, distortions, or omissions of relevant facts just to make a case.
  7. We agree to model sanity by maintaining a civil discourse when discussing differences of opinion. We will refrain from using putdowns based on dismissive, stereotypical and derogatory meanings of words such as: ‘conservative’, ‘liberal’, ‘republican’, ‘democrat’, ‘evangelical’, ‘muslim’, etc.
  8. We agree to manage our biases by both staying reasonable when questioning information from sources we are biased against AND by double-checking information from sources that we are biased toward.
  9. We agree to do our best to insist that media outlets, political parties, PACs and people we come in contact with present their points in rational, sane ways.
  10. We agree to actually hold ourselves to these standards and not excuse our behavior just because the other guy (gal), pundit or politician started it.

p.s. Don’t forget, while you are thinking of everybody else who needs to agree to these terms, that you need to challenge yourself. We are all susceptible to think WE are the sane ones and everyone else is crazy. And it is this very thought that gets the crazy started.

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    How to become a hypocrite

    Step 1: Don’t believe you can.
    Step 2: Act that way.
    Step 3: (Wait for it…) It won’t be long.

    Why is it that people have such a great ability to see the flaws and faults of others while not being nearly as able to acknowledge the very same challenges in themselves? What does it take to not find yourself on the very path that goes against your own words and values?

    Seems like as soon as a person or group forgets that they are not above these very flaws – the moment we begin rationalizing our motives or justifying our actions – the second we start feeling righteous about our viewpoint –  is the instant we begin to turn into the very thing we take issue with. Politicians, Law Enforcement, Priests and Clergy, Media Pundits, Tea Party Members, Conservatives, Liberals, Elites. Time and time again this has been proven. And yet we still don’t see it when it is us who have crossed the line.

    It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.  ~Alfred Adler

    We all have the potential for double standards. We scream at our kids to not yell. We expect loyalty from one as we throw another under the bus. We call people jerks for calling us idiots. We close our minds to others because it is so obvious that they are closed-minded. We want gun-control and freedom of choice or gun rights and restrictions on abortion.

    The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales.  ~Aesop, Fables

    And in the end we tell ourselves that we are not the hypocrites. Just the other guy. And when we catch him (or her, or them) in the act we pounce. Because making mistakes is only acceptable if we are the ones making them.

    Seems like the very laws of hypocrisy work against us here. That’s why we need our friends and our opposition and watchdogs and police and the courts and the media and the public to check and balance (notice I didn’t say pounce on) us all. And we need to watch the watchers for the same reason.

    But it also helps for everyone to be willing to admit that this law exists AND none of us is above it in the first place. – Oh except me obviously…

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      Can Rally Really Restore Sanity?

      On October 30, 2010, there will be Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington D.C. Even though it was started by funny man, Jon Stewart – possibly as a joke – I think it’s a great idea and it’s clearly resonating with people who have not found themselves represented these days. (over 200,000 have RSVPed on Facebook)

      Something scary is happening to our country. Seriously we are off-balance these days. Not only have once reasonable people gotten sucked into the rabble rousing, fear-mongering, and us-versus-them mindset of our times but people who weren’t reasonable to begin with are feeding off this atmosphere and now see enemies behind every difference of opinion. The most troubling development is that the fringes are unraveling and their solutions are getting more and more wacko every day.

      So will the rally work? My hope is that it will be a gathering of reasonable people from both the left and right who want to talk sanely about the real issues we are facing and not allow the crazy fervor of extremists to set the agenda of our times. It may be too much to hope for of course but at least it is a forum to try.

      As Jon Stewart says: Take it down a notch, America. I think I would have to agree.

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        Welcome to this new blog

        The purpose of this website is to have a place for me to go and jot down my thoughts on this and that. Some will be political. Some will be reactions to the topics of the day. Some will be small and some will likely be much larger.

        Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon…

        ~ Me

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