I figured with the upcoming elections in November and the recently held RNC and DNC it is time for your neighborhood friendly ranter to assume his role back on the soapbox…BUT this time things are a little different. I am not going to try the stereotypical thing and plug a candidate. I think at this point most people have probably already made up their mind as to what party they have their allegiances to and who they think better fits the role of Commander In Chief. Now don’t get me wrong this rant is going to be completely politically charged BUT not for the same reasons that you might think.
At a bit younger of an age I had an insatiable appetite to help change the political arena. the second I was eligible to vote I was down at the courthouse registering myself and it turns out my first election is one that made history when we elected our first black president. Now as a younger adult I could never understand why people weren’t as enthusiastic about voting, I just couldn’t understand how people could be so uninterested in the way our country was run or in the policies and procedures that help our great nation to be free but as I have grown older I have begun to realize something. The more and more I listen to politicians, the more and more the media stirs up controversy, the more and more I hear people argue and fight is the more and more I realize that politics are the most dangerous threat our country faces today.
What originally spurred this was a post that I read about Glenn Beck and how he is going to boycott American Airlines because he felt as though he was treated unfairly on a recent trip to New York. Now I think I have already established that I am not a huge fan of Glenn Beck. I don’t discredit everything the man says because quite honestly I think he brings up quite a few really good points and things that I believe should be addressed BUT he is also pretty paranoid and at times comes across to me as a self absorbed martyr for his own cause. Problem #1 for me was that the article I read felt terribly biased against Beck, granted it did come from Yahoo and they have a pretty bad liberal leaning bias in my opinion BUT the post made it out as though Beck was just a loon and that someone not opening his can of soda on the airplane was his ultimate grounds for his need to boycott American Airlines.While I don’t necessarily disagree that Beck is a little looney, I think the truth is somewhere in the middle here. I think he really was treated unfairly by the airlines due to his rather controversial stance on most political issues but that was just a bit of a segue in to what disturbed me the most about the article. The comments section.
Now normally I am not one to read the comments on anything Yahoo posts ESPECIALLY politically . Debating politics with people on the internet or almost any forum is like being a butcher and trying to get a vegan to buy a pork chop, at the end of the day no one is satisfied. But for some reason I was just drawn to see what other people would say to get a general consensus on what they thought about it. I have to say after reading the comments on that post that I am truly and deeply ashamed to share the same continent with such neanderthals,pounding their arms on the ground and throwing feces at all who oppose them. Now before anyone wants to burn me at the stake because I am defending Glenn Beck I am going to come right out and say that I am not biased when it comes to that kind of speech, BOTH SIDES were utterly reprehensible in their language towards one another.
I will be the first to admit that I am not the most pleasant individual in the world, far from it I am a cynic and a misanthrope, but even I can’t stand to see that level of utter disrespect. The level of viciousness towards our fellow man is quite frankly appalling and unhealthy. Politics have ceased to become a forum in which people can discuss the inner workings of our government and more like a place that people can go to push out their own personal morality on either sides of the spectrum. . What have we become as a nation when our own people are so vehemently attacking one another for a belief system regardless of what that belief system may be??? It’s quite sad that people are willing to lose their civility over an argument on one semi-famous individual boycotting a service, which he has every right to do. If Glenn Beck wants to boycott them because they didn’t give him a free drink on his plane ride then who cares??? Is it a bit overzealous? absolutely but it’s his right to boycott an establishment for any reason he chooses and if people wish to follow him because he is popular than so be it. Why do politics and personal beliefs have to be brought in to every arena as if every issue is now a platform? I can understand debating on an issue that is politically charged like the budget or national security but to make this an issue is to make all politics and things therein a big joke.
The divisiveness that politics evokes is something that is tearing our country apart and people are too blind to notice it. A two party system with two separate but radical ideas of not only how to run our government but on how to dictate social policies is dangerous. As Americans we need to stop trying to draw lines in the sand and come to the realization that we are in this together. This is OUR land, we need to act like adults and come to the table to discuss, not to argue and fight like children who want it their way. We need to stop choosing sides and start making the best possible choices for our nation as a whole with both sides in mind. Politics has gotten this far out of hand because WE the people have let it. Unlike any other country in the world it’s WE the people that are the safeguards of our country, it’s WE the people that are responsible for the decisions that people in power make. In order to change the politics of our world we must first change ourselves and how we view each other.
Imagine for just a moment, if you will, that we did away with the two parties. It would ultimately force us to vote not on the merit of the party but on the merit of the candidate. What if the politicians had no more platforms but to serve our country as best they can and make decisions to benefit the nation NOT their party? Imagine a world in which politicians could no longer play smoke and mirrors games and hide behind a party platform. It would force them to be honest or be better exposed as being fake. Perhaps people could look upon each other as human beings with different viewpoints instead of enemies.
For the first time in my life I can understand their apathy, I can understand their frustration and pessimism. What good is it to pick a side when both sides aren’t helping, When both sides are wrought with corruption and petty divisiveness? Is it really worth arguing an ideological principle to something when nobody cares about each others ideologies??? Is it really worth the time and the effort to argue something in which nothing is going to change and both sides are stuck at a stalemate? Our system is broken and it’s time we come to terms with the fact that we have helped to create the mess we are in. Our debt is astronomical, our unemployment is enormous and our focus is on petty arguments? how about we ensure that our nation will survive another 100 years before we start arguing about morality or the lack thereof? how about we stop letting the government dictate our social choices? how about we start taking personal responsibility for our actions and how we treat each other? how about we start loving our neighbors as we love ourselves??? Is it too much to ask for people to have a certain amount of common courtesy and respect for each other??? Is it too much to ask for an argument to remain civil instead of one person stamping off in a huffy or one person calling someone a big fat meany head for not agreeing with them??? Am I crazy for believing that the American people are better than this, that the American people can band together in a great hour of need and make hard choices? Am I crazy for believing that two people can disagree and at the end of the day still respect and love one another???
A friend said to me (and I am paraphrasing) in reference to not voting for Mitt Romney “If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem” but what if the problem is that things won’t change regardless of who we vote for this election??? What if we have trapped ourselves in a vicious cycle of trying to find someone who will fix our problems when in reality the only one that can fix it is us?? We thought Obama would fix it, he didn’t, we think Romney will fix it and what then??? Once again I find we are trying to bandaid cancer…we are hemorrhaging and we are trying to stop the bleeding with a paper towel. We need to get to the root cause of our issues and in order to do that we have to dismantle the system and check all the parts. It’s time we take apart the engine of America, clean it, and put it back together. We need to run more smoothly, more efficiently, we need to clean the system so well that we run faster and stronger than we ever have. For too long we have let the grime and the grease build up. It’s time to take it back to the foundations and put it all back together. I am not saying we have to change everything and I am not saying we should all hold the same viewpoints on every issue. What I am saying is that it’s about time people stop hating one another for the way they believe, its time for people to start treating one another with respect and dignity and it’s about time we band together as Americans living under the great banner of the United States Of America.