I came across an article claiming that Sarah Silverman is leaving the Democratic Party. This piqued my interest as Ms. Silverman has been very vocal in expressing her political views, oftentimes using ad hominem attacks against her opponents.
“It’s the absolutist-ness of the party I am in that is such a turnoff to me,” Ms. Silverman said in an Instagram video video taken from her podcast Monday, Newsbusters first reported. “It’s so f—-ing elitist. You know, for something called ‘progressive,’ it allows for zero progress. It’s all or nothing.”
“I think I don’t want to be associated with any party anymore,” she continued. “It comes with too much baggage. Every party, it comes with so much f—-ing baggage that no ideas can be taken at face value. And without ideas, what are we? Without a common truth, how can we talk about it? You know, Republicans might hear an idea that they would totally agree with, but if it comes from AOC, then they hate it. And of course, you know, to be honest, when I hear an idea that comes from a Republican, it’s suspect to me.”
I don’t want to use a critical thinking fallacy by attempting to know her motivation. Rather, I will set forth a postulate – perhaps she is experiencing Cognitive Dissonance, and the discomfort that comes with it is causing her to seek out her own answers, rather than merely go back to the echo chamber. And I must say that I am encouraged by this article, especially the acknowledgement that both sides seem to be playing the same game.