Last week I was at an industry dinner for work. The speaker for the night was Michael Smerconish of SiriusXM Radio’s POTUS. He also occasionally fills in for Chris Matthews on MSNBC. He is a native of the Philadelphia area, and used to have a local radio show here, so I’m sure that’s why they got him to speak.
If you’re not familiar with Smerconish, I’ll let you know that he prides himself on being in the middle. He opened his speech by running through a list of foreign policy and social issues that he agrees with and said something like, “that makes me sound like a Republican.” He then ran through a second list of social issues and said that made him sound like a Democrat.
His talk was enjoyable, and I know I won’t give it justice in this short article, but I’ll try to give an overview. The general theme of his speech was that there is a certain part of the population in America that believes everything on FoxNews is correct and a certain part of the population that believes everything on MSNBC is correct. Both these segments think they’re always right and the other is always wrong. He showed several different stats on his PowerPoint with evidence to back him up. He compared these people to himself watching professional wrestling as a kid. Before the good guy even made it to the ring he knew he wanted him to win. He liked everything the good guys did, and hated everything the bad guys did. He had other evidence to show that most districts in the country are solid Republican or solid Democrat, and there were very few that had house elections decided within 5% because that is the way they their boundaries were purposely designed.
Then he claimed that you have a large part of the country, 40%, who don’t fully agree with either the Democrat or Republican parties, just like he doesn’t. He says this group is more down to earth and doesn’t always see everything as black and white. This is the segment of the population he targets his radio show.
Well of course when it comes to matters of opinion people won’t agree 100% of the time. You could put 5 die-hard Beatles fans in a room and tell them to come up with their top 5 Beatles songs, and you’ll most likely see 5 different lists. That is what disappointed me about his speech. Smerconish is a smart and successful man, I wish he would understand the real argument. It isn’t Democrat vs. Republican, it is state vs. individual.
In a society based on liberty, it doesn’t really matter what your opinion on social issues is. You can live the way you want, and I can live the way I want and neither one of us will force the other to live by our demands. It makes total sense that the country would be bitterly divided when you have 2 parties that demand the other to act the way they see fit.
God Bless Freedom, Liberty, and Personal Property,
Slappy Jones 2