Some days, in between bouts of rage, confusion and depression, I can look at the world around me and see the absolute absurdity of it all. Who would have dreamed back when I was an adolescent, that someday millions of adults would take to their keyboards to insult and argue with other adults like kids in a school yard? Comments? More like all out war.
Little that adolescents do surprises me. If you have raised 3 children through their teenage years, as I did, much of the ability to “surprise” you about kids has flown the coop.
Adults continue to surprise me. Adults and politics are not only a constant surprise but a revelation. That includes myself. The depth of emotion I can feel, both good and bad, for someone on the other side of my computer never ceases to amaze me. In the “olden” days did people ever come to loathe their pen pals?
Given an honest look politics is always absurd. Ask almost any citizen and they’ll tell you that politicians are dishonest and only in office for what they, the politician, can get out of it. Then many, if not most, will tell you how the candidate they are supporting is the exception to that rule. Absurd? I do believe it is.
I believe, with every fiber of my being, that falling in love with a politician is absurd. You choose the one you think will support most of what you believe, for their own benefit or not, and hope for the best.
You don’t ever, and I mean never, believe their campaign promises will be kept if it will not benefit the politician. And understand once a flip-flopper, always a flip-flopper. I’m not talking about changing and evolving over 20 years. I’m talking a radical change in thinking or believing in a short time span. Especially a political time span bracketed by elections.
We see this reality election after election and still some of us continue to believe. Or disbelieve and just don’t care. Some columnists have begun to write about the sad, but true, fact that many voters simply don’t care if the person they vote for is honest, ethical, moral or has character. They’ll vote for him/her anyway. Why would supposedly decent people do that?
An evolution I’ve come to since 2008 is that a firmly held belief of mine, that Americans are basically a decent people, was wrong. Decent people DO care if the people they elect are decent too. Decent people care about honesty, ethics, moral and character. Or maybe not. Not anymore.
To give two example of absurd let’s talk about Ann Coulter and Laura Ingram – two women who claim to be staunch conservatives. Yet both support Donald Trump who is not, and never has been, a conservative. Both women unceasingly bad mouth Ted Cruz who is and always has been a conservative. Is that not the very definition of absurd? Ir is it just a flip-flop? Either way it’s dishonest. Ms. Ingraham proves my point out of her own mouth:
Laura Ingraham resorts to the stupidest strawman fallacy to defend TRUMP
Here’s what a strawman fallacy argument is – when you make up a fake argument and pretend it’s your opponent’s main argument in order to knock it down and make yourself look smart and right.
Ann Coulter on the other hand needs explain why she was so positive, and she is always positive about her being right and every one that disagrees with her is wrong, that Mitt Romney would win. She said it many times. She insulted those who disagreed. And now she’s running her mouth again? Ann Coulter = “Often in error, seldom in doubt.”
Confession: I never liked either of these women very much but did agree with them about some issues from time to time. Coulter can even be amusing in a malicious sort of way from occasionally. Just not often and just not all that amusing.
Another prime example of absurd is John Kasich. Still in the running? For what? I’ve always thought he was running for VP. Now that it’s obvious that Trump will win Kasich is blocking Cruz for Trump to audition for the job. And he can probably deliver Ohio. Or perhaps he’s waiting for a brokered convention to make him the nominee. I don’t think even the Republican Establishment is that stupid but then…
Even more absurd, to me, is that anyone, anywhere for any reason would believe that a narcissistic, vulgarian with no experience in government should be the next President of the United States. I can understand not wanting “establishment” candidates but someone with no experience for the job whatsoever? How stupid is that? Because the man knows Real Estate he will know how to run a country? It is all so absurd.
And if you really want absurd, read some of the things Trump has said. Not what someone else has said about him, what has issued from those pursed lips.