Are you getting the feeling everyone thinking about the coming election is mad about something? I sure do. I realize, too, people might think the same of me … and that’s fine. I get it. Here’s why.
Our loss of face-to-face communication skills due to texting, social media and all other forms of electronic communication that keep us from actually being in front of another person while trying to make our point (or even say, “Hi, how are you? I’ve missed you.”) have resulted in an almost complete lack of civility in discourse.
Our politicians, bureaucrats, members of the politburo, special interest groups and elites couldn’t be more proud or happy. Because the more people who have about 90 percent of things in common fight and hate on each other, the more secure these folks are in their jobs, getting rich and creating and expanding power while telling us little folks what to do.
You see, folks, our “leaders” have somehow convinced us the single most important, unalienable right in an election year is our right to vote. But most importantly, we must vote FOR THEM.
You would do well to notice that at no time will a politician demand we become more informed, read and learn about the Constitution, actually get to know them or their past or vote based on what they’ve done in their life or political career. Because if that were the case, no one would ever vote for any of them. But that’s not where we are today.
I blame the deterioration of actual, human-based relationships. Social media today lets all of us do and say as we please with little to no recourse (sounds like a politician’s dream, doesn’t it?) for our words or actions. What’s worse out of this scenario is another dangerous result. We’re never wrong. No matter what anyone thinks or says about what we think or say, those reacting to even our most simplistic, wrong or outrageously stupid thoughts are not just an arm’s length away — they’re an arm, keyboard or mobile device, Internet access, Internet itself, wireless access to our device and screen away. And that’s only if we actually bother to read what’s written before responding or attacking the sender of the disagreement or before we block them.
Permit me a recent example from Facebook, where I’ve been guilty of this myself. Although I’d like to believe I can back up much of what I write, post and believe with results from history or facts, let’s face it, we all do it. Tell me if you see yourself in this scenario.
A friend of mine posted the following: “We have a do-nothing Senate because Colorado has a do-nothing Bennett.”
Cute, catchy little blurb for a 60-second spot she raised money for to run ads against our less-than-esteemed senator from the great state of Colorado — a man I think is about as useful as the most un-useful thing ever made up or quoted.
My response was simple: “He hasn’t been ordered to carry water from the regime is all.”
A little vague, perhaps, and I was happy to expand on that … but could not before I received this response from someone I’ve never met or had even the remotest contact: “Are you insane or just simply stupid?”
Like a fool, I attempted to expand on my original post, and did OK, until the end: “Ummm…no. My comment means he’s doing nothing because he hasn’t been told anything to do by Obama lately. I hope this helps. Nothing says extremely stupid like insulting first with no clue ….so here’s your sign.”
You can imagine where the rest of the exchange was about to go. It got worse, as there’s no recovery from the swirling toilet bowl that is Facebook politics. No matter anyone’s intentions, at some point we all get flushed.
Sadly, these attitudes create an even worse problem. Remember, since we have no desire or requirement to ever face the person with whom we disagree, it leaves a void in the realm of political discussion. Something has to fill that void in the continuum, and that something is usually bad. Enter the politician.
The politician is a particularly despicable type of reptile. The kind that will change skin colors to match what you’re angry about, assure you that you and your feelings are right and “fight” for you. The best part is, since our arguments can’t change minds, the politician comes in particularly handy when forcing how we feel and believe onto others regardless of their beliefs, because they have standing armies at all levels of government to do so. But when it comes down to it, politicians don’t care about your or my beliefs, only their own. In time, those will be forced on all of us.
Two lessons: Never vote for someone who says they’ll fight for you, as the only thing they’ll fight for in time is their job and power—over all of us. And take someone out for coffee or a beer and talk about what we all have in common and how we need to get the government out of our daily lives.
Before time runs out.