It’s no secret that most Americans are furious with their government. The reasons for the anger a varied and valid. Government of the people, by the people and most of all, for the people, seems to be a thing of the past.
Citizens have good reason to be disgusted with the politicians that come begging votes at election time and then arrogantly ignore the will of the people until the next election. Politicians depend on the short memory of many voters. They depend on the voter that will vote for the magic letter, be it a D or an R behind a politicians name. They depend on our tribalism and are seldom disappointed.
People have good reason to be weary of promises never kept. It isn’t that most are naïve enough to actually think someone courting us for our vote is going to keep all their promises, but couldn’t they keep a few?
Incumbent Politicians know that most voters will, 91% of the time vote them back into office. The times when incumbents are voted out are rare and noteworthy.
We have anger towards each other too.
When I find that someone is supporting Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president I want nothing more to do with them. Naught. Zip. Zilch. Zero. To me anyone that is that brain-dead doesn’t belong in my life. I am willing to keep my distance – but – if they try to persuade me to their way of thinking I am willing to unleash rhetorical hell on them.
As free American citizens they have a perfect right to act like fools. Trying to convince me to join them in their ignorance and stupidity releases something in me that is broad and deep and very angry.
I have always had strong opinions and have always been tenacious in defending them.
Sometimes I find, to my dismay, that I have based my opinions on deceit and have been scammed. Instant rage.
I am more than capable of making a fool of myself. I’ve done it many times over the years. I don’t need any help. My anger when I discover that I’ve been duped is colossal. I think most of us feel outraged when flimflammed. I just tend to get a bit angrier than most.
Righteous anger aside shouldn’t we be appalled at the insults perfect strangers throw at each other in blog comment sections? I’m not talking about calling someone a dimwit, or a fool, I’m talking about vicious name-calling up to and including death threats.
Is the ability to hide behind a keyboard allowing repellant people to attack in ways they wouldn’t dare face to face?
An acquaintance of mine tells me that one of the most abhorrent trolls she has ever read is in fact a school teacher who is a very nice person. She claims the nasty comments online are just this woman’s way of getting things off her chest. A kind of safety valve.
I think there’s more to it than that. I’ve read some of what this nice teacher wrote and personally I’m glad she isn’t teaching my grandkids. I’m also glad she doesn’t live in my neighborhood. There’s a lot more than normal anger hiding inside that woman. I don’t want to be in the vicinity if and when it breaks lose.
It’s no wonder we have at each other as if we were mortal enemies with the political “role models” we have before us. There seems to be nothing of which politicians will not accuse each other.
Children hurling insults on a school yard show as much control as left vs right and Democrat vs Republican. And the repellent media eggs it on.
Much of the worst fighting is in primary battles. This seems to be getting worse. People who are supposedly on the same side fling poo at each other like monkeys. There seems to be nothing too vile to accuse their opponent of doing or being or thinking.
Much has been made of the fact that Ted Cruz did not endorse Donald Trump. How dare he not pledge to support the man that attacked his wife, his father and had a surrogate accuse him of infidelity? They are outraged. Are they nuts or am I?
I never had much use for Kasich until he refused to endorse or attend the convention. I respect Cruz and Kasich far more than any of those that endorsed. Certainly miles more than toadies like Huckabee, Carson and Christie. They sold their souls and it shows.
I think the people that should be heaped with scorn are those that disparaged someone repeatedly and now stand on a stage and says what a swell person he is and what a great President this person will be.
Were they lying then or are they lying now? Both positions cannot be the truth. Lies are being told now or were being told then. So why should we listen to them?
I know is that many people are mad most of the time. To my dismay I’m often one of them. I need to work on that. I find that I still loathe Trumpanzees and do not wish them well. I’ll have to work on that some more. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
We should be angriest of all at the fact that come November our choices will be the Repellent Corrupt Woman or the equally Repellent Lunatic.