Moving Left? Moving Right?
I’ve had some interesting dialogue lately about reactions to Katrina, and whether how the situation has unfolded may (or may not) have shifted political “leanings”. I’ve talked to several folks, actually – and most of them report a political change that they attribute directly to events in New Orleans.
I found this so fascinating that I have shared (parts of) a couple of discussions below, and created a poll for people to register their own views on this (it’s in the left nav column). Feel free to share any of your thoughts in the comments.
One person moves right
The “goings on” in New Orleans (both immediately after through today) brought the liberal media bias to front and center for me. Even though I’d shifted toward the middle years ago (from pretty far left), I had a tendency to judge conservative writings far more harshly than liberal. I filtered, but only for radical bias to the right or left.
There’s more to this, though, then the media bias. The tragedy of New Orleans is, to me, more a function of political failures over time – not racism. Yet the left continues to press a racial agenda. As much as anything else, that slant has left a very bad taste in my mouth. The result is a big question mark for everything, and an overall political shift slightly right of where I was on August 28.
One person moves left
Prior to Katrina, I was a pretty strong supporter of Bush, and definably conservative. The lack of attention, funding, and support for SE Louisiana and New Orleans, however, has been very disillusioning.
I find that my views are tending more toward the liberal side recently than they did. I think I’m pretty much in the middle now.