We’re living in very partisan times right now. There is a lot of disagreement when it comes to politics and government policy. Not that that’s different than any other time in American history. But it is getting a little out of hand right now, I think.
I’m sick of the mean-ness in politics. I’m sick of the violent action and symbolism. It is NOT patriotic to throw bricks in windows, it is NOT patriotic to threaten our President or other politicians with violence, it is NOT patriotic for protestors to become violent, it is NOT patriotic to intimidate with threat of violence. I’m sick of political speeches where more time is spent disparaging one’s opponents than explaining one’s own goals and ideals. I’m sick of the junior high name-calling and intentionally offensive language that our adult politicians so casually throw around. I’m sick of people making money from that name-calling. I’m sick of all the political hyperbole. Healthcare reform is NOT a socialist government takeover; Obama is NOT a modern day Hitler, America is NOT on it’s way to a God-less, Communist state. We are NOT China or North Korea or Honduras or Afghanistan or anywhere close, so let’s stop acting like our problems are as serious as theirs. It might feel like it sometimes but the facts do not support it.
America is a democratic nation, free to determine its own course. We have a leader elected by the voice of the people who acts on behalf of the people. We are incredibly fortunate to have that. If you don’t like something, change is just an election away. It has been that way in the past and it will be that way in the future. That’s not going to change anytime soon.
I’m sure it’s fairly obvious where I stand politically but I sincerely hope that the sentiments I’ve expressed above are bipartisan sentiments. And wherever anyone, regardless of party affiliation or political views, acts as I’ve described, I condemn it. I hope that reasonable Americans can agree that behavior as described above is unsustainable, counterproductive, divisive and dangerous. Everyone is allowed to strongly disagree with current policy – it’s our right. But if you have to disagree, do so in a civil manner. I wager that a lot more would get done in Washington if that was the case.