Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 07:10:41 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Liberal vs Conservative debate

Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Dhanusha Gokulan :
My mind is in a state of constant conflict because as a journalist you're trained to listen to both sides of the argument.
On any given day, I spend several hours reading and trying to make sense of my social media feed. Given that I've rewired all my social channels to give me news, local content, and the occasional memes, I've reached a stage where I have no idea what my friends are up to.
It looks like this these days: 'Hate Donald Trump; Republicans are foolish; Donald Trump is not fit to be President of the Free World; gun control; Syrian civil war;  Melania Trump; some friend got married; Donald Trump has tiny hands;  North Korea's little rocket man; GCC squabble....'
After reading the millionth article on the American president, it got me thinking: Is the liberal narrative being drip-fed into my social feed? Liberal media is very vociferous about Trump's inability as president. The content makes me want to hate him, without thinking twice.
I also believe his policies are hate-worthy. And hate is a powerful word. But what gives him the right to be at the forefront of a free nation and condemn people based on their race and ethnicity? Or to not take a side in the argument about gun control?
My mind is in a state of constant conflict because as a journalist you're trained to listen to both sides of the argument.
But it has come to a point where I cannot have a political disagreement with conservatives without being emotional about it and screaming at them about how wrong they are. In a bid to be balanced, I even tried to read arguments from the conservative perspective. My blood boiled.
The comments from a predominantly white American population in response to reports that involve racial discrimination, education, gun control, and climate change makes me not just cringe, it gives me a false sense of ideological superiority. And that got me thinking.
Some years ago, I could understand the conservative agenda without being angry. Today, I just want that thought erased. I wonder if social media has succeeded in becoming a tool for the liberal agenda, drilling it deep into my head.
Perhaps the conservatives were foolish to ardently hold on to the belief that global warming is a hoax and gun control not part of the solution? Or did conventional media get it all wrong and muddled?
It's been a year since the US election, and this crazy liberal vs conservative race to righteousness is only getting worse. It has been nothing short of one giant headache.
And after a few days of ignoring content on mainstream media, listening to encouraging words from Fareed Zakaria, and just talking to people who are in the thick of American politics, I've drawn a simple conclusion. If you have an opinion, there will be opposition. And if you can respectfully listen to the views of those who share a different belief system instead of shutting them out, it may just be a soothing balm to what is going to be another three years of vicious arguments between liberals on the Left and conservatives on the Right.
Courtesy: Khaleej Times

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

HC verdict is well meaning: Hospitals must appreciate

THE High Court ordered hospitals and clinics not to hold body of a deceased if his or her family fails to immediately pay the medical bill to release the body. It has also asked the Health Secretary and the Director General of the Directorate of Health Services to issue a ...

International »

Putin, Assad for political solution to Syria`s conflict

Reuters, Moscow  :Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to talk about the need to move from military operations to the search for a political solution to Syria's conflict, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.Russia is actively trying to build an international consensus around a peace deal for Syria, ...

Sports »

A scene from the opening ceremony of the Omicon Group 43rd National A Chess Championship held at Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room on Tuesday.

Sports »

Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe

AFP, New Delhi :Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation in India for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, police and a lawyer said Tuesday.The firm behind the development is alleged to have taken millions of dollars from homebuyers ...

Entertainment »

Janhvi dazzles at IFFI in ethnic wear

Janhvi Kapoor who is all set mark her Bollywood debut with Karan Johar’s Dhadak opposite Ishaan Khatter makes a dazzling entry at 48th IFFI 2017 in Goa. Janhvi was accompanied by her mother Sridevi and father Boney Kapoor. Janhvi looked elegant wearing Anamika Khanna lehenga choli. It is probably Janhvi’s ...

City »

Uphold image of Armed Forces: President

President M Abdul Hamid on Tuesday asked the members of Armed Forces to uphold their image at national and international levels by ensuing utmost professionalism. "Uphold the image of the armed forces . . . Help continue the country's ongoing development trend in the days to come," President's Press Secretary ...

Editorial »

Use of toxic tannery wastes in poultry feed

MEDIA reports said an increasing number of poultry feed mills using dangerously toxic tannery wastes laced with poisonous chemicals as raw materials remain the biggest threat to public health. They are moreover flouting is a ban of the High Court for producing and marketing the toxic feed for animals which ...

International »

Putin plan to rejuvenate Russian politics makes slow progress

Reuters, Moscow :Poised to run for a fourth term, President Vladimir Putin has started clearing out the old Russian political elite and says he's bringing in young people with "fire in their eyes."But a Reuters analysis shows that he has made limited progress so far.In the run up to March ...

Sports »

Participants run during the Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi, India on Sunday. Ethiopia's Birhanu Legese and Almaz Ayana won the men's and women's elite categories, respectively.

Entertainment »

Bollywood congratulates Manushi Chillar on winning Miss World crown

After a wait of 17 long years, Indian model Manushi Chhillar has won the Miss World crown. Since yesterday’s announcement, many Bollywood celebs and public figures have congratulated her on winning the prestigious event. Here are some endearing messages from Bollywood celebs: The Megastar of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan congratulated Manushi ...

Entertainment »

Runa Khan coming with her first movie

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Most of her colleagues always appreciate the acting of Runa Khan. There is no other alternative or choice of her in TV plays. So she has acceptability among the directors. Viewers also like her acting. Runa will entertain the viewers by virtue of her acting skill with ...

City »

BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia cutting cake marking birthday of BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman at her Gulshan office in the city on the early hours of Monday.

National »

GAFFARGAON: Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of Muktijodha Sanghati Parishad Major (Retd.) Md Rezaul Karim, a veteran freedom fighter and an Awami League leader addressing a meeting on his participation in the coming National Election as a candidate from Awami League in the election area Mymensingh-10 (Gaffargaon & Pagla PS) Primary School field, Gaffargaon on Friday. Among others, freedom fighter Mofazzal Hossain, Auditor (retd.) Alhaj Abdul Karim and Ex Ward Member Saiful Islam also spoke in the meeting at Charalgi (Nidiar Char) .

Editorial »

Higher production capacity for power plants

THE state-owned power plants can't generate electricity to a minimum of their stated capacity as they lack improved technology, besides management failure to achieve the highest output as per a report in The New Nation on Sunday. The report quoting Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) said its power plants can ...

International »

Hariri announces return to Lebanon as crisis simmers

AP, Paris :Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he will return home in the coming days from where he will declare a political stance for the first time since making a strange resignation announcement from Saudi Arabia that unleashed fears of a crisis in Lebanon.Hariri and his family met Saturday ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news