Yesterday, I posted a tongue in cheek update about my Monday news. It was full of silly and entertaining Americana and a nice light read. But today I guess you could say I am feeling a little disgruntled.
If you are a frequent reader of THE INTERNET you have probably encountered one of these three types of political statements –
- I’m right and you’re evil because I am a Liberal and you are a Conservative
- I’m right and you’re evil because I am a Conservative and you are a Liberal
- I tend to steer clear of politics online
And while my 3 types may be a gross simplification, when I look at my own social media streams and even most “news” stories (in quotes because I dare you to find me a piece written in the past year without some political slant) it’s pretty much true to form. People are angry. They are angry at the party they disagree with and they either explode in various online rants or simply don’t share their views at all.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because when I look around at the political landscape it is toxic. I can almost see and smell the filth and ugliness rising from the arguments like a vaporous green haze. And if it sounds like I am calling you out, I am. I am calling us all out.
We the People need to take a look at our own contributions to the slime and dirty deals being made right under our noses. What is my attitude? What do I hope to achieve? These days, I tend to fall into the “steer clear of politics” because chances are I would be right in the middle of it slinging mud with the best of them before too long. But at the end of the day, my laziness isn’t helping either.
I do want change and I cared enough to get my degree in Political Science so maybe I need to start using it for the reasons I chose that as my major. Our country has real issues to DEAL with, not fight over. And I think we need to stop mud-slinging and start figuring this stuff out.
I mean really, are you sick of this yet?
Did any Conservative who voted for Mitt Romney think he would be the answer to our problems 100%? And if you voted to re-elect Obama, do you agree with his policies 100%? Maybe there are some out there willing to toe the line for the good of their party. But I am not one of them. I am guessing most of us aren’t interested in the personal agendas of the majority of politicians and would love to see our government WORK the way it was intended rather than using sneaky loopholes and hyperbole to get out of actually accomplishing anything.
Yes, I am dissatisfied with the current state of things. Yes I am a Conservative who voted for Mitt Romney. I also live in North Carolina where some Conservatives are under fire as well and you know what? No one is happy.
This is where I start to wonder about my part in the whole system. What are we doing to help it? To stop it? Are the angry protests and boycotts and shouting matches in 140 characters or less actually getting us anywhere? Or have we become so angry and one-sided that it’s impossible to meet in the middle anymore?
If that is the case, folks, we are screwed. Because in any relationship be it marriage, friendship, business or politics, no one gets anywhere by doing all the talking. You have to actually listen.
And by the way, listening is not simply waiting until it is your turn to talk again.
I’m tired of the fighting. Aren’t you?
What are we going to do about it?