The presidential election is over three months away and I am already completely sick of it all. I hate the false accusations, the negative ads, the lies, the posturing, every attempt to make your candidate look perfect and the other candidate look like a complete idiot, and I hate the way it infiltrates daily conversation, news broadcasts, social media and relationships. If there was some way to automatically prevent political posts on Facebook from showing up in my news feed, I would do so in a heartbeat. And, yes, I do occasionally post something political on Facebook myself, but not too often.
It’s tiring seeing the incivility and hypocrisy of people who find a way to villainize a company that sells chicken because – heaven forbid – they disagree with a personal opinion of the CEO. Seeing politicians jump on that politically correct bandwagon is sickening, especially when they take it to the level of threatening to prevent free commerce in “their cities.” I hope such politicians get sued if they really try to prevent free commerce without laws to back them up.
Folks, we have serious issues to address in this country. Vilifying a chicken restaurant and trying to force everyone else to believe and act like you is neither tolerant, progressive, admirable nor American. Eat or don’t eat at their restaurants and leave it at that. Do something to address real problems like $16 trillion in debt, a currency that is headed into the toilet like foreign currencies, gridlocked houses of Congress, complete political polarization, a stagnant economy, too many people unemployed, rising inflation (how convenient that the government doesn’t include gas and food prices in that figure), rampant crime, spiritual depravity, moral bankruptcy and a host of other matters that can only be resolved if we genuinely work together to beat them.
Maybe if a few people stop yelling at each other long enough to try to work and solve real problems, we can make some progress.
Truth be told, though, I’m not very hopeful. Everyone seems more concerned with what they want than with what we need.
Leap year lesson #205 is Political polarization is destroying us.