You’re no doubt tired of politics at the moment, but I would be remiss if I didn’t discuss the recent election results. Whether you’re celebrating or mourning, I have a few thoughts I’d like to get on the record.
- Despite how polarized our common culture has become, we, as individuals, are far greater than our politics. I’ve discussed this before. Reducing a person to his opinions is not only intellectually lazy, but morally wrong. It’s a thought process angry people use to justify their resentment at a world that refuses to acknowledge their innate, unrecognized greatness. The only exception to this rule of not reducing a person to his politics are political activists: they’ve made a career out of demonization, and are fair game. Once you cross that line into activism, once you step onto that battlefield, you’re a combatant.
- A casual perusal of social media shows a huge number of people all bleating the same tune: I’m ashamed to be an American. How can Ohio/Pennsylvania/Florida/East Japip be so stupid? Looks like the bigots are in charge now. What these angry, contempt-filled people don’t seem to realize is that it’s this very attitude that contributed to the rise of a person like Donald Trump. They are doing what they’ve done since the primary season: attempting to shame other people for their voting choices. That many of those same people weren’t so horrible when Obama was elected in 2012 doesn’t seem to register; one assumes that they somehow became stupid and evil overnight. The belief, absent any evidence to support it, of your superiority because of who you pulled a lever for is not just ludicrous, but pathetic.
- The American news media is no longer worthy of the special protections afforded the press in the First Amendment. They’re political activists, all, and must be treated as such. Future pieces will provide instructions on just how to do that. Just because their favored candidate lost, it didn’t mean they didn’t cheat. They did. And still lost.
- Don’t keep people around you who make you unhappy, particularly in social media. Do you really want to spend any attention on someone who calls you (or, in today’s passive-aggressive, can’t-get-my-hands-dirty-with-actual-confrontation culture, implies that you are) a bigot/racist/sexist/homophobe because of who you pulled a lever for? Let’s take it a bit further: do you want to spend your money and attention on entertainers who tell you that they’re ashamed of you? Who hold you in contempt?
My guy didn’t make it through the primary process. I’m not happy about that, but it is what it is. What I do is count my blessings: I’m healthy, my wife and son are healthy, and I get to write and be a husband and dad. Anything else that happens is gravy.