Blinded by political bias

When Donald Trump met Kim Jong-un shockwaves went through the world. It was unreal. And it was maybe the beginning of a new era. But it was almost as if some people wanted it to fail. It looked as if peace on the Korean peninsula was second to seeing a leader they didn't like fall short.

It goes both ways

Are the media you follow one-sided or nuanced?
I used to follow a number of mainly democratically oriented medias. I don't anymore. Not because I've lost faith in the democratic policy, but because most of those medias are as colored by bias, as they claim the opposition is.

I don't like Donald Trump. At all. I think he's a orange-tinted, bombastic clown. But I'm also too much of realist to acknowledge the idea that he never does anything right. Yet, if you follow democratic pages like Vox, CNN or Robert Reich, it sure as hell looks that way.

I think it's important media to:

A) Not exclusively report on stories that satisfy their bias

B) Focus on the one in ten things that might've been wrong in an otherwise good deed

While we're at it, let's address the elephant in the room: A lot of people - not all, a lot - desire for Trump to fail. Even if the costs of said failure are enourmous. The desire to say "ha, ha, I told you so" is hard-wired in the bias. It's dangerous, if you ask me.

For the record: This goes both ways. Many republican followers aren't interested in seeing democratic leader succeed either.

Politics is a toolbox

Pick the right tool for the job
I try to view politics as a toolbox. I vote for the party that I believe is most capable of solving current problems.

When there's an economic down-swing, I tend to vote more liberal, because I believe their policy is cynical and well-educated enough to make the tough, calculated calls that has to be made.

I see myself moving a little to the left as economy improves. When we have a little extra to spend, I want to invest in people and not tax cuts.

That's just my view - I'm not here to debate it. I'm simply pointing out that if you loyally stick to the same party no matter the situation we're in, you might be using the wrong tool for the problem. You might be choosing a screwdriver to hammer in a nail, when you could've chosen the hammer.

Being loyal is admirable. But we all want what's best for the people around us, right? I believe we can do a little bit better, if we losen a little bit up on our biases and predispositions. Question the choices we make an extra time, instead of making them just because we always did.

In conclusion

We don't have to be so colored we can't acknowledge that the people with a different opinion did a good job.

You haven't betrayed your side or your beliefs, just because you pay an honest and heartful compliment to someone on the other side. If anything, at least in my perspective, it makes your opinions more nuanced, deep and trustworthy, because they aren't groomed by anger and mistrust.