M. SCOTT MORRIS: Left of center, right of center and all the rest

I don’t like to get political in the Mighty Daily Journal. In these days of media saturation, it’s hard to bring an open mind to anything. We know what we believe, so we’re only prepared to agree or argue.

That might not be true for you, but it is for me. Sacred cows? I’ve got ’em.

Maybe you could guess my political leanings based on assumptions about my profession, though the Mighty Daily Journal doesn’t qualify as the Mainstream Media Elite.

I’ll go ahead and say I’m slightly left of center, which has a lot to do with growing up in the South. Somebody has to be in the opposition party, so it might as well be me.

If I lived in a liberal state, I suspect it wouldn’t take long for me to become slightly right of center.

That’s not so much a statement about moral flexibility as a reflection of the fact that I’m easily annoyed.

A buddy of mine lives up North and he makes good points about how the United States is sacrificing portions of its soul by fighting a drone war in the Middle East.

It’s wrong, he says, that a handful of people can decide to assassinate alleged terrorists without due process.

I agree with him, though I also think drone warfare might be the best way to fight an enemy that doesn’t wear uniforms or draw recognizable battle lines.

Drone warfare doesn’t seem any worse than dropping nuclear bombs on Japanese civilians during World War II. Even “good wars” tear at the soul.

I could see how arguments about compassion and due process could sway my position on our conscience-bending drone warfare policy, at least until the next terrorist attack.

On another issue, I have a pair of married friends in L.A., also known as Lower Alabama. They’re firmly against gay marriage because they think it would cheapen their marriage.

I would like to be able to see their point, but I don’t get it. Outside forces, including debt, illness and tragedy, can affect a marriage, but I don’t understand how two men or two women getting married would have any effect on what my wife and

I share.

Some look to the Bible and find no room for debate on gay marriage. I look to the gays and lesbians I’ve known and find no room for debate, either.

Where does that leave us?

Our political differences are terribly complicated, and yelling about them – figuratively or literally – doesn’t make them any simpler.

Living in a society as large and open as ours means we’re guaranteed to disagree. If I knew how to cut through the rancor to provide a clear way forward, I’d be asking for your vote right now.

Instead, I’m forced to accept that no one has all the answers, even me, which might be the main reason I seldom write about politics.

M. Scott Morris is a Daily Journal feature writer. Contact him at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.

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