I swore I wouldn’t go here in this blog, but I have to get this off my chest. I am a conservative. I suspect that this will be an unpopular admission for those that actually take the time to read my ramblings, and given my previous experience with more liberal acquaintances I would not be a bit surprised if I actually lose followers and readers from this simple admission. I mean after all I am a racist bigoted misogynist who believes rape is a creation of the over emotional female mind, and I hate gays, Hispanics, Blacks, and Muslims. God knows the only reason I could possibly disagree with the president is the color of his skin. I think old ladies should be eating cat food and children should be left to starve. Anybody who thinks I am serious here needs to stop watching so much MSNBC, but I hope you get my point.
I have always been a bit of a political junkie, but I am so fed up with the quality of the political discourse in this country I want to fucking scream. More than anything the discussion lacks two simple components, honesty and civility. I hear endless complaints about Fox News and the conservative talking heads, Rush, Beck, and Hannity. I am not going to sit here and argue that Fox News is not slanted to the right, or that the talking heads don’t often lose their minds, but this is not a one sided affair. Have your seen MSNBC in the last four or five years? There is no difference between the three right wing hosts previously mentioned and Mathews, Schultz and Maddow. Chris Matthews can find racist comments in a fucking Hallmark Card. You have to wonder about how a guy’s mind works that can hear racism in everything.
I have a lot of liberal friends. One regularly spouts off in a public forum about her political viewpoints. I once challenged her comments and was told my input was not welcome. Really? No discussion at all huh? What are you afraid of? In recent weeks I have heard from several sources suggestions that the right is taking advantage of the unhappiness that exists in America today; that they are trying to manipulate our collective misery. This is undoubtedly true. It is politics after all. To me the suggestion that the right somehow has the corner on the manipulation of our misery is ridiculous. Since 2008 our current president has pointed to economic inequities between the rich and poor, differences in the tax codes, etc to gin up resentment against the upper class. His recent comments about business owners not succeeding on their own is probably the best example yet of his willingness to take advantage of our frustrations. Even if you believe what he is saying to be the truth the comments are little more than a political tool to energize the masses against his opponents. It is manipulation. It is NO different than the right.
The same individual who told me my input was not welcome recently posted to Facebook and article from the Huffington Post in which Harry Reid accused Romney of not paying his taxes and suggesting he was a felon. A week later she stated that she was actually a moderate, but the conservatives have moved so far right she was now liberal by default. Again. Honesty. Both sides have picked up their flags and are sprinting in opposite directions. There is no one side more evil than the other. The truth is both sides want pretty much the same thing for the country they just have different ideas about how to get there. Evil and extreme positions exist in both parties, but they are thankfully rare. Ignorance is much more common. The problem is that if you listen to the pundits you would think that every single conservative is a hateful extremist or every single liberal is looking to open EBT kiosks on the banks of the Rio Grande.It is time to get real before it is too late.
Be kind to each other.