In my comment on her post I asked Amy a question. She responded and asked me the same question:

Amy said: "Now, let me ask you a question:  

If you would agree that politics is, at least in part, the art of compromise, what would be your preference in a candidate or a position:

Ideological purity against racism, discrimination & prejudice for all or political practicality where they would give tacit approval to racist/discriminatory policies against some in exchange for eliminating them for another "favored" group?

That is a rhetorical question, obviously, because I believe I know your answer, but it sure highlights how "evil"compromise can be."

My reply:

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere?" ----MLK

While there are ideologies that stand in opposition to each other, there are no "negative" ideologies as such...

"An ideology is a collection of normativebeliefs and values that an individual or group holds for other than purely epistemicreasons.[1]

The term was coined by Antoine Destutt de Tracy in 1796, who conceived it as the "science of ideas". In contemporary philosophy it is narrower in scope than that original concept, or the ideas expressed in broad concepts such as worldview, imaginaryand ontology.[2]

In the political world, for instance, there are many well-known political ideologies, which cover a wide range of human interests.

In the modern Althusserian sense, ideology is "the imagined existence (or idea) of things as it relates to the real conditions of existence" "


There is a distinction to be made between one's principles and one's ideological holdings.

I wouldn't compromise on my principles as the moral and ethical underpinnings of who and what I am as a person and as an individual. 

However, ideologically speaking, we all grow, develop, and undergo change at various times and stages of our careers and our lives...

This is true to the extent that none of us are truly ideological purists especially since many ideologies are eclectic or composits in essence....

As social beings we have existed, survived, and evolved due in no small measure to our ability to adapt and adjust to our physical and social circumstances and environments...

Political ideologies undergo changes that are necessary and appropriate for the times and circumstances in which they operate and function....

This may not be , and should not be, as easily said of our principles....

Our sense of good and evil, right and wrong, just and unjust, though not completely immutable are less susceptible to the exigencies and expediencies of the moment to moment ebb and flow of our daily existence...

If you can hold fast to your principles while modifying your ideologies as necessary or required you are indeed an exceptional human being.

All too often our politicians are called upon to compromise themselves and their principles for the sake of political or ideological expediency and convenience.

Too many of them see such situations as matters of impossible dilemma and yield to the impulse and temptation of hypocrisy....

You don't,  and you apparently won't be that politician, but you can be an exceptional person...

It will occur when you realize that your values needn't change because you modify your views of the world to accommodate and make room for differing views...Even as you argue against those views and positions you see as diametrically opposed to your own...

Freedom of speech and freedom of thought applies to all...even those with whom you vehemently disagree...

Freedom of speech and freedom of thought gives each of us the opportunity to change the other person's mind and the responsibility and obligation to change our own when fact and truth call upon us to do so....

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Comment by Ron Powell on November 9, 2018 at 7:24am

@MS; "Yawn..."

Yes, Political Science, along with Political Philosophy, and Political Theory, can be tedious and tiresome....

But, don't leave home without it....

Comment by Maui Surfer on November 9, 2018 at 8:53am

Who throws bombs? The Far Right AND Far Left, oh, and even more of the Right that isn't as Far. Amy's full of shit, her whole trip is based on lies and garbage. Won't even admit half her rights are in place due to people like you and me, can't stomach true herstory.

Comment by Maui Surfer on November 9, 2018 at 8:55am

I'm not sure where you were in 68 Ron, I hitchhiked to Chicago, blood in the streets, Dem blood from the old school Dem haters we left behind starting right then.

Comment by marshall bjohnson on November 9, 2018 at 9:34am

Where were u in ‘68 is a beautiful line. Sitting here in 2018 I can only hope in 2068 the millennials will feel good about where they were when trump demonized the Hondurans fleeing from their home. 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on November 9, 2018 at 11:57am

"Amy's full of shit, her whole trip is based on lies and garbage. "

Thanks for the personal attack, MF. 

Now if you would be so kind as to provide some documented facts regarding how you think I'm "full of shit", which "lies" you think I'm telling and what "garbage" you think it is I'm saying.  Please also spare me the stories of how you single-handedly "gave" me"half my rights" .

"I'm not sure where you were in 68 Ron, I hitchhiked to Chicago, blood in the streets, Dem blood from the old school Dem haters we left behind starting right then."

P.S.  Did you use you hitchhike from onto of your surfboard or did you tread water waiting to catch a ride when you hitchhiked from Hawaii, MF?  

P.P.S.  It sure is curious how you first rail against the REAL Left for allegedly "throwing bombs" (some proof of that would be nice), while at the same time reveling about "blood in the streets".   Me thinks your hypocritical slip is showing there Queen Liliʻ.

Comment by marshall bjohnson on November 9, 2018 at 1:00pm

Do I get to “like” SBA post on this blog! 

Comment by Ron Powell on November 10, 2018 at 3:50am

There was once a time in America where colleges and universities like DC’s Howard University that had largely Black populations educated largely Black student populations in a manner consistent with teaching them how to “go along to get along” in white-dominated America. However, by 1968, the mood had changed regarding education in America, and Black students at Howard demanded a greater representation of traditionally African-American notions in their educational process at a predominately Black college campus.

In 1968, demonstrators blocked the head of the Selective Service System from speaking at Howard regarding Black students heading to fight in Vietnam War. This sparked significant protesting, and campus administrators cracked down on dissent by ignoring student demands for greater Black-specific representation. In response, protesters took over Howard’s administration building in March 1968, and upon having their demands met, a wide-spread national movement of Black Student Unions and Black Studies majors was kicked off at college campuses nationwide.

At a time where Black self-awareness and self-respect is once again key, noting the role that the Nation’s Capital played in the gestation of a significant shift in both Black pride and Black Power is important.

Many of America’s historically black colleges and universities played a vital role in the country’s civil rights movement. Influential black leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, Stokely Carmichael, and Courtland Cox were graduates of one such college, the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C. But fifty years ago students on campus were deeply unhappy about the direction the institution was headed in the civil rights struggle.

Howard University ran a compulsory R.O.T.C. program which some students claimed was a factory for sending black officers off to war in Vietnam. Among other grievances, students were also disappointed about the lack of academic programs covering black and African history and literature.

Approximately 1,200 students participated in the takeover of Howard University in an effort to bring about reform, and they staged a sit-in at the university’s administration building that lasted for days.

I graduated from Howard that year after doing all I could to leave the place forever changed in outlook and direction...

I shouldn't have to remind you that the DC streets were full of military personnel and tanks in the aftermath of the assassinations of King and Kennedy...

Some of us stood our ground in front of the tanks that had been posted to be detailed and staged at Howard University, in an effort to prevent them from being used against the residents of the neighborhood in NW, DC where our campus was located....

(This comment is a composite and paraphrasing of materials gleaned from various sources on the internet...)

Comment by Maui Surfer on November 13, 2018 at 4:49pm

SBA, your youth shows once again. the blood was simply IN THE STREETS, thanks to Daley's thugs, who were Dems no less. Throwing bombs? Is your last name Trostsky or are you from Finnish descent?


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