It has been such an interesting time since I had the opportunity to write an installment on my blog. I have had such a wonderful time in putting my thoughts down for others to read. It has been such a roller coaster ride too when I read some of the responses to my general thoughts. So, it is, in essence, time for me to do some explaining in not only what I choose to write about, but also to describe how I write. I will also try to explain what I wish I could see in both the responses to my thoughts and in the original writings of the things I see on Facebook and other public pages.
First, let me point out what has been said many times, by people from all sides of the political aisle. That thought is, namely, to please not regurgitate what someone else wrote (either rightly or wrongly) for what you write again is merely what someone else said, not what YOU think (and to point, it has already been written so why duplicate?). I know there are events in each life that do bear repeating, but to be yourself, should you not be able to give voice to your own reasoning and conclusions and then be able to back those items up with verifiable and reasonable arguments (arguments in the formal debate definition) that you can defend without devolving into name calling?
This point is so important in this society we have today. For eight years, the so-called “tolerant left” demanded that conservatives refrain from even disagreeing with the policies of the Obama administration, pointing out that he and his party did win the Presidency (and they have a point, one in which I agree with). While there were elements on the right side of the political spectrum which did not abide such simple social graces, the media did do its job in highlighting the bigots and nitwits that did not at least behave politely in the political arena. While there were some catcalls about President Obama and his policies, the vast right wing group at least refrained from outlandish (in my opinion) calls for President Obama to be impeached for nearly an reason (there were many reasons that called for impeachment, but none were officially done). And, any time some group said anything about Michelle or the children, both the democrat party and the media immediately (and rightly so) launched broadsides against the offenders of social customs we have had for over two centuries.
However, many of the conservative voices were silenced not because they could not refute President Obama assertions on many things (such as nearly everything that he did not like, he blamed on his predecessor, Bush 43), but they were silenced because the first words out of the mouths of these “tolerant liberals” was racial epithets. Please, do not even try to deny it, it was rampant even in the media that if you disagreed with President Obama, it was not because he could be wrong, it was because he was black that you disagreed. This is racial bigotry on a grand scale, and it was done by both the democrat party and the media, and to hell with what the truth was behind the conservative argument.
But now, we have a new situation. We have Donald Trump as the President, and my, my, my how the tables have turned. What happened to the “tolerant liberal” demand of grace and socially decent discourse in our political landscape? Why does the “tolerant left” now think it is okay to promote the assassination of President Donald Trump (aka the Missouri State Senator) when before as Obama was President such a thing was unheard of? And, to top it off, there is nary a single democrat in power anywhere who demands such hateful and vile rhetoric be shut down as unbecoming a citizen of this great country. Rather, not even 6 months into his administration, the democrat party in Congress has already filed two motions for the impeachment of President Trump while republicans in Congress ( and us “Intolerant right wingers, deplorables and unredeemable ones) never even filed one article for impeachment in the eight years of Obama administration.
So, to get back to my point of this blog essay. When anyone writes an article or essay for the public to see, should each and every one of you who reads it not demand that the essay be backed up with reliable data and a reasonable interpretation of events? Reasoned in such a manner that the writer’s conclusions are able to be coherently debated without resort to vile name calling. Conclusions that are not evidence of political hatred and personal bigotries the writer tries to pass off as a conclusion any “normal” person would come to on their own?
That is what I ask of anyone who writes for others to read, and it is what I ask from those who read the articles, and then pass on what was read as the gospel. For now, we all know that for eight years the media has been hiding secrets of the democrat party, and writing and telling falsehoods beyond counting (okay maybe not that many, but still, a lot), and yet, I still see and get mails and replies that show me people are still just regurgitating something they saw and wish were true instead of stopping and thinking about what they just read would actually mean in the real world.
The best example I still think of is the hate-filled diatribe by the “tolerant left” that republicans are responsible for making our drinking water diseased, we cannot breathe the air because of republicans and so on. So, I have asked my people of the “tolerant left” stripes to actually examine what such statements would actually mean if they were true. And, I asked them in this way: “If such a statement were true, then what water do these republicans drink that you do not? What air do these republicans breathe that you do not?” The sad truth is, the dirty air and water that we all hear about (and is blamed on those republicans) are all in cities that have been run and ruled by the Democrats in this country, allied with the unions, for more than half a century. Baltimore, Philadelphia, Flint, Detroit, Sacramento and so on. These are not republican strongholds, but democrat party bulwarks, and the people of those cities voted for and got what they voted for, over and over and over.
Well, now we have a new President. And so far, President Trump has referred to a problem that existed from the previous administration (something Obama did almost on a daily basis, even in his last year, look it up), and did the media, the democrat party, its adherents (Donna, Mike and others) ever scream about it! They scream now that they are “only talking about President Trump, and that any referral to Obama is sour grapes (and that they never blamed anything on Bush43) and therefore any attempt at discussing the common problems is hypocrisy on republican parts. Such hypocrisy does exist, for this is exactly what this is. One cannot have an intelligent discussion of today’s USA problems without bringing into the debate all of the factors which preceded the problem and thus brought it to the forefront of politics. I wish that both sides (but mostly those of the “tolerant left”) would stop the name calling and seriously sit down and discuss HOW to solve the problems.
But until the “tolerant left” is willing to stop the screaming of vile names, stop the stupidity of saying if you disagree with them they will shut you up, until the democrat party realizes it lost the last election because they forgot the whole country votes (including us deplorables out in flyover country) then I am afraid there can be little done to solve our collective problems because half of our country does not have their collective marbles lined up for a reasonable and sane discussion. Life happens and sooner or later the idiocies you commit will end up costing you because you refused to live with ethics, honor and the courage to look at life without your hatreds and biases coloring your world view. End of Line.
PS – I just loved the movie that came from!