Dreadful Campaign Season
Yup, it’s already shaping up to be a particularly nasty campaign season. How do I feel about it?
I saw the anti-Romney image on a bus bench in Hollywood. I saw the anti-Obama/Time spoof on Facebook. Both are really only targeting the base and make no compelling argument for anyone who is independent. Of course, neither piece came from the official campaigns. This is interesting because the communications with the most venom come from the members of the electorate who are hellbent on being as partisan and divisive as they can. The intellectually vacant filth is spewed from both directions, but of course, the partisans will tell you that they are only speaking the truth.
The partisans make civil discussion of ANY issue impossible. Even uninvited they will speak extemporaneously about their opinion and put it forth as fact, that you can’t deny, unless you are evil or dumb. This is a direct result of our two party “us vs. them” system that we have going on. That system has devolved into two factions that no matter what one does, the other has to oppose it. This gang mentality has spread out to the partisan voters, most of whom are so intellectually lazy that the only thing posing as argument is insulting the opposition by name calling or slapping some kind of “ist” or “ism” to them. You know that our election is between a fascist and a communist. Seriously, that’s what these partisans will have you believe about their opposition.
We don’t have to agree on everything, but can’t we have civil discourse anymore? Do I really need to read in an online dating profile that if you voted for (fill in the blank) that they don’t think you’d be a good match. I pass over any such listing even if my voting record isn’t offensive to her. That mindset is not what I envision as my intellectual equal. To me, that is lazy thinking and insecurity of position and really not in the democratic spirit. These are things that I will delve into more deeply in another blog.
I just implore you all to show some civility in discussion. We claim to want to “talk about the issues”, but in reality the only issue we care about is whatever our gang says we care about. Let’s change that. Let’s have some critical thinking and individual thought. There’s no badge of honor in repeating the party line and throwing out arguments that should be on bumper stickers.
If we all just invested a little bit more personal effort, we might see less of the crap depicted in those pictures above. Heck, maybe people my really be into creating change by voting third-party and breaking up the duopoly. I’d love to see a few viable parties, creating coalitions on issues and getting things done with diplomatic negotiation and compromise. Imagine that.
Instead, we have the discussion driven by the partisans which means that we get no discussion, but rather arguments, name calling, accusations, offensive images and people refusing to speak to their friends and neighbors because they are in a different political gang. Ugh.