Political extremes are often viewed as the opposite ends of a spectrum. Somewhat like a straight line or the opposite ends of a rainbow. But I am told by pilots that from their vantage point a rainbow forms a circle. In like fashion political extremes, at higher levels, tend to bend to form a point of convergence in three ways.
1 – Their hyper idealism of the world they want blinds them to the realities of the world as it is. As a result, they offer little or no meaningful solutions to practical “real world” problems. (But they are good in getting media coverage.)
2 – They view the barrier to the world they want as a combination of sinister conspiracies of big government, big business, the “one percent” or whatever becomes a convenient scapegoat.
3 – They use their power of influence and money (somewhat ironic) to elect individuals to political office that will serve as puppets for “their” agenda. The result is what one longtime capitol staffer observed as “the right becoming more right and the left becoming more left.”
In politics the finger is often pointed at “special interests.” The reality is everyone has a “special” interest. It is that issue they have the greatest passion about and is their primary focus. They view anyone with other priorities as misguided. However, elected officials have the task of making decisions on a broad range of interest.
As you vote this November you have the task to vote for those who will uphold the principles you support while seeking solutions for “real world” issues. As an individual and as a legislator I had to realize that my frustration or even anger over the world “as it is” did change the world. My desire is for legislators who are dealing with the details of public policy will make the best decision possible for all of Colorado, even if I disagree. That’s at least my “ideal world.”