Sunday, October 23, 2016

Political Disenfranchisement

I suspect that this is more the result of the people I'm surrounding myself with, but I'm grateful not to be hearing too much vitriolic political spewing on either side on my particular social media feeds. I've  been quietly unfollowing or muting those whose feeds are predominantly ad hominem attacks on any political side, and I regularly prune my social media friends and followers for those who are capable of arguments that don't use straw man or ad hominem attacks.

I've heard little about "the liberal agenda," a phrase that always makes me picture a bunch of people staying up really late at night saying things likes, "How can I hurt people by offering more social and support services to those who might need it!? Mwahahahahaha!" "The liberal agenda" is a phrase that really ticks me off. I see this phrase uttered by people who subscribe to the belief that one's ideologies must be in complete in alignment with one particular political party. If you're only voting for someone based political party, you're overlooking nuances. I'm wary of the thinking one must follow and believe everything a political party or religious teaching dictates. It's okay to ask questions. It's okay to see the shades of gray.

I would really like to ask a Trump supporter what the appeal is, but I'm not sure I know any Trump supporters. I'd like to have a reasoned and reasonable discussion about it without being concerned with the possibility of personal attacks on any other candidate (namely Hillary Clinton) or myself for daring to ask for clarification. I'm seeing a lot of tu quoque attacks, which are admittedly easier than thinking critically about one's own preferred candidate.

I'll be glad when this election is over.

(As a post script: One of my favorite lines is from L. M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle: "Fear is the original sin. Almost all of the evil in the world has its origin in the fact that some one is afraid of something.")

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