How the Overton Window has been used to distort political reality

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How the Overton Window has been used to distort political reality

I lost count of how many times I’ve heard that the cause of all or our country’s prob­lems is the fact that we have two par­ties that are at polit­i­cal extremes, leav­ing most of us, who are mod­er­ates that inhabit polit­i­cal mid­dle, unrep­re­sented. The pro­posed solu­tion to this is the for­ma­tion of a polit­i­cal party that occu­pies the mid­dle ground between both extrem­ist parties.

It would seem, based on the heated argu­ments, the end­less bick­er­ing, and the fact that noth­ing gets accom­plished, that the two par­ties do oper­ate at the extreme polar oppo­sites of the polit­i­cal spec­trum. That is not true at all. Only one party, the Demo­c­rat Party, has veered off into one of the polit­i­cal extremes. The Democ­rats now inhabit the extreme left. Don’t take my word for it. Here is what Sen­a­tor Bernie Sanders had to say about his polit­i­cal party in this video. Rather than inhabit the extreme polit­i­cal right, the Repub­li­can Party now oper­ates slightly less far to the left when com­pared to the Democ­rats. If you don’t agree please explain to me the lat­est Omnibus spend­ing bill, their push for amnesty, their fail­ure to repeal Oba­maCare, their watered down tax cuts, and their efforts to erad­i­cate true con­ser­v­a­tives from lead­er­ship roles.

Why are so many con­vinced that each party oper­ates on an oppo­site end of the polit­i­cal spec­trum? Why are so many con­vinced that the poli­cies of the polit­i­cal right are harm­ful and against every­thing this coun­try was built on or stands for? It is because of a phe­nom­e­non known as the Over­ton Win­dow. Here is how Wikipedia describes this phenomenon:

The Over­ton win­dow is an approach to iden­ti­fy­ing which ideas define the domain of accept­abil­ity within a democracy’s pos­si­ble gov­ern­men­tal poli­cies. Pro­po­nents of poli­cies out­side the win­dow seek to per­suade or edu­cate the pub­lic in order to move and/​or expand the win­dow. Pro­po­nents of cur­rent poli­cies, or sim­i­lar ones, within the win­dow seek to con­vince peo­ple that poli­cies out­side it should be deemed unacceptable.

The media, which is very left lean­ing, con­trols the nar­ra­tive that forms the bound­aries on either side of the win­dow. They focus on the polit­i­cal spec­trum in ref­er­ence to how the two polit­i­cal par­ties exist today leav­ing out how both par­ties have slowly moved toward the left. What is left out by this nar­rowed win­dow is how the two par­ties are now so far from the orig­i­nal posi­tion that was sup­posed to have been set in stone by the Con­sti­tu­tion. The media, acad­e­mia, and the Democ­rats paint the ideals of the Found­ing Fathers along with those indi­vid­u­als as being out­dated, deeply flawed, and racist. They describe the Con­sti­tu­tion and its prin­ci­ples using sim­i­lar lan­guage. The media also uses the deeply inac­cu­rate polit­i­cal spec­trum that equates Fas­cists, Nazis, and conservatives,

Unfor­tu­nately the Repub­li­can Party aban­doned the Con­sti­tu­tion and the prin­ci­ples of fis­cal respon­si­bil­ity and lim­ited gov­ern­ment a long time ago. Those in the party that still adhered to these prin­ci­ples are mar­gin­al­ized, ridiculed, and stripped of com­mit­tee chair­man­ships. The media paints these indi­vid­u­als as dan­ger­ous extrem­ists while cham­pi­oning those with extreme lib­eral beliefs.

The Con­sti­tu­tion, which was sup­posed to limit the size and scope of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, was aban­doned many decades ago by both par­ties. The prin­ci­ples of fed­er­al­ism and lim­ited gov­ern­ment, which are enshrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion, built this nation into the freest and most pros­per­ous nation that ever existed. Rather than a party that occu­pies a nar­row niche between two par­ties on the polit­i­cal left, we need one that reclaims a con­sti­tu­tion­ally lim­ited fed­eral gov­ern­ment and free mar­ket eco­nom­ics. Can the Repub­li­can Party be reformed so it once again fol­lows our found­ing prin­ci­ples, which are hall­marks of the true polit­i­cal right? I now believe the Repub­li­can Party is irredeemable.

Instead of shift­ing the media defined Over­ton Win­dow back to the right; we need to smash it entirely so every­one can view the polit­i­cal spec­trum in its entirety. This will be extremely dif­fi­cult since the media is mostly con­trolled by lib­er­als, along with social media. Next we need set the record straight about our Con­sti­tu­tion and found­ing prin­ci­ples. Finally we need to start a new party that embraces these prin­ci­ples. Once we do this we can solve all of our problems.

I lost count of how many times I’ve heard that the cause of all or our country’s problems is the fact that we have two parties that are at political extremes, leaving most of us, who are moderates that inhabit political middle, unrepresented.  The proposed solution to this is the formation of a political party that occupies the middle ground between both extremist parties.

It would seem, based on the heated arguments, the endless bickering, and the fact that nothing gets accomplished, that the two parties do operate at the extreme polar opposites of the political spectrum.  That is not true at all.  Only one party, the Democrat Party, has veered off into one of the political extremes.  The Democrats now inhabit the extreme left.  Don’t take my word for it.  Here is what Senator Bernie Sanders had to say about his political party in this video.  Rather than inhabit the extreme political right, the Republican Party now operates slightly less far to the left when compared to the Democrats.  If you don’t agree please explain to me the latest Omnibus spending bill, their push for amnesty, their failure to repeal ObamaCare, their watered down tax cuts, and their efforts to eradicate true conservatives from leadership roles.

Why are so many convinced that each party operates on an opposite end of the political spectrum?  Why are so many convinced that the policies of the political right are harmful and against everything this country was built on or stands for?  It is because of a phenomenon known as the Overton Window.  Here is how Wikipedia describes this phenomenon:

The Overton window is an approach to identifying which ideas define the domain of acceptability within a democracy’s possible governmental policies. Proponents of policies outside the window seek to persuade or educate the public in order to move and/or expand the window. Proponents of current policies, or similar ones, within the window seek to convince people that policies outside it should be deemed unacceptable.

The media, which is very left leaning, controls the narrative that forms the boundaries on either side of the window.  They focus on the political spectrum in reference to how the two political parties exist today leaving out how both parties have slowly moved toward the left.  What is left out by this narrowed window is how the two parties are now so far from the original position that was supposed to have been set in stone by the Constitution.  The media, academia, and the Democrats paint the ideals of the Founding Fathers along with those individuals as being outdated, deeply flawed, and racist.  They describe the Constitution and its principles using similar language.  The media also uses the deeply inaccurate political spectrum that equates Fascists, Nazis, and conservatives,

Unfortunately the Republican Party abandoned the Constitution and the principles of fiscal responsibility and limited government a long time ago.  Those in the party that still adhered to these principles are marginalized, ridiculed, and stripped of committee chairmanships.  The media paints these individuals as dangerous extremists while championing those with extreme liberal beliefs.

The Constitution, which was supposed to limit the size and scope of the federal government, was abandoned many decades ago by both parties.  The principles of federalism and limited government, which are enshrined in the Constitution, built this nation into the freest and most prosperous nation that ever existed.   Rather than a party that occupies a narrow niche between two parties on the political left, we need one that reclaims a constitutionally limited federal government and free market economics.  Can the Republican Party be reformed so it once again follows our founding principles, which are hallmarks of the true political right?  I now believe the Republican Party is irredeemable.

Instead of shifting the media defined Overton Window back to the right; we need to smash it entirely so everyone can view the political spectrum in its entirety.  This will be extremely difficult since the media is mostly controlled by liberals, along with social media.  Next we need set the record straight about our Constitution and founding principles.   Finally we need to start a new party that embraces these principles.  Once we do this we can solve all of our problems.