Sunday, August 21, 2016
Is Hate Our New Normal?
It seems we all need a HATE button on our computers these days. I keep telling myself I'm going to take a vacation from politics. The ugliness almost makes me sick sometimes, and it certainly makes me depressed, but I'm drawn to it the way you can't pull your eyes away from a terrible wreck.
There appears to no longer be any middle ground in America. You're either a Libtard or a Repug and every single thing you believe is lies - flat out, deliberate, told-on-purpose lies. Because either you're in cahoots with the bad guys or you're just plain stupid.
Nobody with a brain could support that Queen of Evil, Hillary Clinton. Likewise, no one with an i.q. over 20 could support the Prince of Darkness, Donald Trump. "They" are all morons who obviously want to destroy America.
Oh, man, wouldn't you love to slam that HATE button when you see a positive article about Hillary? Donald? Since there is no HATE button, you make up for it in comments. Your loathing practically drips off the computer screen. Some of the nasty memes we see on Facebook are shocking for those of us who are older. I've worked around politics for most of my adult life and I've never seen anything like it. We all worked for our candidates but after the rally or debate was over, we were all friends again.
Even after the election, we were all friends again but, of course, that was before the man who won was a (Black) Kenyan Muslim Communist Socialist Fascist who wanted to take all our guns and replace our laws with Sharia.
We don't simply confine ourselves to despising the candidates and their fans, we now detest the media too. You can't trust a word they say because they all have an agenda. Maybe there's a source hidden over there on the right (Breitbart) or the left (Blue Nation Review) that you can put your faith in but it's pretty scary out here in the world when you watch the news and know none of it is reliable information. It makes you have to cling to one another all the more tightly to protect yourself from the "others".
The opposing side can do no right. Trump going to Louisiana makes him a saint to his people but his visit is characterized as a cheap photo op by his opponents. Obama not going because Governor Edwards asked him to wait so as not to disrupt the on-going rescue effort, is totally unbelievable to his opponents who know he didn't come because he flatly DIDN'T CARE.
What is most frightening about all this is that I don't know how we're going to put the genie back in the bottle. We've got what, about 80 days before the election? But I don't think it will be over when it's over. Yes, someone will be named president but the hate and the disbelief will remain. After such a vicious year, I don't think it is simply a matter of laying down our arms and saying, "hey, we're altogether again."
One man told me that if Trump loses to expect a blood bath because his people will know that he lost because a rigged system cheated him out of his rightful victory and if I think they're going to take that lying down, I'm crazy.
Is hate the new normal for America? And if so, what does that mean?