Episode 29: The Silent Majority
We know what the right stands for. We know what the left stands for. But what about the majority of Americans who are somewhere in the middle? And are there more in the middle than we realize? The media glorifies the fringes on either end – often making us believe that we are at war with one another. But when we really look at the numbers, most of us are not so polarized – we’re just trying to make a decent working wage and live a comfortable life. We even wish the same for our neighbor. So how do we unsilenced this silent majority?
"The solution to our problem is not getting rid of them. They are Americans and they are here to stay. The solution to our problem is in our hands – ordinary Americans.”
- Dana Agnellini
"I’ve been holding onto the belief that most Americans and most people in general around the world are good people who want to be kind and are moderate in thinking and action. If we could find ways to empower this majority of people and do real and effective movement to work together on our common needs and desires we could change the world as we know it.”
Purple Evolution Award:
Morris Fiorina – for inspiring the New York Times article: We See the Left. We See the Right. Can Anyone See the ‘Exhausted Majority?
“The political center should not be understood as a self-standing policy platform but rather as a relational way of positioning oneself with respect to other political platforms – i.e. the extremes.”
- Carlo Invernizzi Accetti
Episode 28: The Misery Compromise
The Missouri Compromise was, among other things, a way to “table” the debate of allowing slave states into our nation. The MISERY compromise, on the other hand, is how many of us think about budging toward letting our “opponent” get what they want - especially when we KNOW they’re dead wrong! Of course, our opponent knows we’re dead wrong as well. So, is compromise a good thing or a bad thing? Or is it neither. Some folks say that compromise is the only way toward a peaceful society while others profess compromise is just another word for “giving in.” Doesn’t standing your ground serve a purpose if the end result is a better situation for everyone involved? Although, why would your “opponent” budge either since they’re also sure that his or her point of view is obviously the best solution. Does compromise really bring misery - or does it actually help us avoid it? Don’t decide now; tune in and listen to the examples – and then you can make up your mind if you like. That’s a nice compromise.
"It’s all the Democrats fault.”
“It’s all the Republicans fault.”
“No, it’s OUR fault for allowing CORRUPTION to stay in office to fight each other instead of working together for the good of this great country.”
- Trending Meme
Purple Evolution Award:
The Articles of Confederation: Helped create the compromise to have both a House of Representatives (number of members per state depending on population) and a Senate (2 members per state no matter the population) – a win / win for all.
Armand was talking about the importance of compromise in a committed relationship and a spiritual teacher said to him “Compromise is just a way for neither party to get what they really want.” To which Armand said “Wow, that makes a whole lot of sense. Now I know why you are single.”
Episode 27: Billboard Wars
They’re everywhere! Signs, signs, everywhere a sign. Sometimes they’re billboards, sometimes they’re church marquees. But no matter the look – they don’t hold back. It seems everyone has an opinion to share and some paint to make it known to all who pass it on the street. But how purple are these signs? Armand and Doug show specific examples of these signs (many of which are politically motivated) and break them down into levels of civility. Do you agree with their assessments? Watch, listen and find out!