What in the World?
I’m swearing off the news.
Images of a white van plastered with Trump stickers gives me the heebie-jeebies. Have you been gob-smacked by the media lately? I have and I’m going to get some things off my chest while the mid-term election heat is up.
Do you remember the presidential election in 2016? Who could forget it, right? All bets were on Hillary as she tripped her way through her campaign. Oh, but wait there was Donald, the cartoonish, twittering man, right on her tail.
Admittedly, the debates that year conjured images of MMA fights. The commentator announced the candidates and the trash-talking began. I’m not saying it was a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong, I like to know how they fight. Will Hillary Clinton pull hair or go for the groin? Will Marco Rubio go on the offense or stay in defensive mode with his back against the chain link? Will Bernie Sanders display more socialism (dubbed progressiveness by the media) than his contemporaries with claims that he will be America’s daddy and pay for everything you need to be happy? Will Donald Trump push the fact-checkers across the nation into super sonic mode causing them to bloody their fingers on their keyboards?
Well, we all know how it played out; half the nation high-fived and the other half took a blood pressure pill and went to bed.
But, then there was morning (and mourning) among the Democrats. Those who had forgotten or maybe had never experienced their candidate losing the election, got more upset as the day went on.
The jubilation and shock of the Republican win was an aphrodisiac to conservatives. I’m betting there was a conservative baby boom in 2017. Will someone check that thought? Thanks.
By the same token, my guess is more Liberals turned to substance abuse to numb the pain. Fact-checkers?
Here’s what I have noticed since Trump’s election; a cyclical trend of Sex, Politics and Religion in the main stream news. Seriously. I will list the format: A story involving inappropriate sexual conduct or gender awareness, then a feature on a political individual with questionable moral character, then a piece about a religious person or group responsible for some horrible thing said or done.
Then it begins again; an issue involving gender or inappropriate sexual conduct then a questionable political figure and then religious issues.
The only time this narrative trend stops is to dwell on a natural disaster. Lately, hurricanes and floods are the commercial breaks between the regular junk.
My TV watching habits are changing. I used to run to the kitchen for a snack during commercials, but now it’s the other way around. Frankly, I’m tired. Are you?
Was there ever a time when we didn’t argue over sex, religion or politics? I can think of plenty of times and they were all with people who think like me. When you’re in the same boat, sailing an agreed upon direction—there is harmony, comfort, trust and camaraderie. I’m glad to have known many years of this kind of existence.
Though there have always been numerous ships in the water, they powered peacefully along. Now, one particular boat has its sights set on mine and it’s being steered by an invisible force, but the crew are surely pirates.
Their purpose is not to glide happily along, no. That boat’s crew’s sole purpose is to sink mine. They cannot tolerate the sight of my craft on the water. They must be the only boat.
Who died and made them owners of the waters?
A pirate does not act like a pirate if there are no other boats to plunder. Who were the pirates before turning to crimes on the ocean? Possibly disgusted farmers, broke merchants or criminals? Mary Wollstonecraft said, “No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”
So, we screw up.
Whichever political party you identify with, look in the mirror ask yourself if you are sharing the waters or hoping to sink a fellow countryman’s boat. If you are participating in the latter, recognize your mistake and tack.
That’s the way I see it. How about you?
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