Discussing the lower-temperature matters first might lead to greater clarity on where they stand on the crucial point: Government by laws which do not offend the Constitution and which are administered by men and women who take their oath of office seriously and literally.My own thoughts? Too many people read history like a comic book, the Founders and Framers as a bunch of verdammit plaster saints, all in warm'n'fuzzy agreement with whatever we ourselves are warm'n'fuzzy about -- and that ain't so. Those folks were all over the map on a whole lot of issues, especially up close and personal items like religion an' wedlock*
They put in the hard work to figure out the big, important notions they had in common -- and the other big, important things with which no government ought to be meddlin'. The small stuff? Not so much.
Here's ya some small stuff:
● Who's sleepin' with who, an' if the State otta bless it. (This insanity can be traced right back to the indignant reaction to old-time LDS practices, a reaction which is playing out badly to this very day. What? You thought I was goin' someplace else? Stay outta people's private lives).
● Where the President was born (as opposed to, for instance, payin' attention to the crazy BS he's pushin'). Who cares? It could have happened in a log cabin deep in der Heardtland or he could'a been hatched out in a Soviet biolab and his policies would still be just as objectionable.
● Whether terrorists are criminals or criminals are terrorists. Ft. Hood or an Austin IRS office, we can all agree it was some bad, bad stuff, done by bad guys who should be deader than they are. (Y'know, when I get strep throat, I don't look into the motivations of the strep, I simply kill it off ASAP before it gets worse. Just sayin').
● If the holiday display on the courthouse square might make somebody feel all left out or offended.
● If the holiday display in your neighbor's yard might do likewise -- you know, those neighbors, the ones that dress funny or talk funny or go to services on the wrong day?
● And so on and so forth.
We have a FedGov with a bad case of overreach and State Gummints likewise. It's not gonna fix itself and I very much doubt blowin' stuff up will work, either; all that does it make the Feds look better than havin' stuff blow up, which they are though not by as much as they think. It is time to find common ground and find it fast; as a bunch of fragmented, hyphenated this-and-thats, those of us inhabiting the vast, frustrated midsection of the continent and economy are just a noisy rabble; as obedient cogs in our respective and all-too-alike Parties, we go unheard. The Tea Parties, so far, have functioned as a new "Big Tent," a megaphone for lost-in-the crowd voice crying out to be left the heck alone by Our Masters in the Capitols.
Don't lose that voice to divisiveness over goofy nonsense.
* Take, for a single example, the bespectacled Franklin, who somehow never quite got 'round to actually marrying the woman history records as his wife. Most of those great men -- and they were indeed great -- show evidence of quirks a lot of folk'd be up in arms about nowadays. There's a lesson there, if we will but heed it.