I don’t know when I first noticed that my Facebook feed was filled with comments about how stupid a person must be to vote for a Republican/Democrat.
Can’t say that such a distinction would make a difference either.
What I know is that I see these disparaging remarks made by educated people and that they are applied liberally about those they disagree with.
Vote for or support the wrong party and I can guarantee that someone will call you an idiot and or ask why you are so dumb.
I mentioned this to a few people and someone told me that my observation meant I didn’t really understand what was going on and suggested I read more.
If they had balls they would have told me they thought I was stupid or ignorant and not couched it in condescending and passive-aggressive finery.
It’s Ok To Disagree
Had we been face-to-face they would have known how dumb I thought their comment was. I wouldn’t have bothered to use the poker face.
I teach my children it is ok to disagree with others and that we can be civil when we do it. I teach them not to be afraid to challenge their beliefs and to be willing to stand alone if need be.
Lately that seems to be a lost art.
Every week we read or hear another story about people crying about how they are being abused because they were exposed to thought they didn’t like.
It is not always hate speech. It is not always something so horrid or awful that your jaw drops because you can’t believe you just heard it, or at least it is not the kind of hate speech I am thinking of.
Now it is just speech you disagree with. Now it is just rolling your eyes at someone else because you disagree with whom they want to elect to office.
We Used To Be Better
I want to say we used to be better but the truth is I am not convinced we were.
Since I am not providing any sort of factual analysis or evidence to support any of my positions it is possible I am wrong and possible I am right.
Thing is, if I did provide such a thing people who disagree with it would call it left/right wing propaganda and dismiss it.
They’d dismiss it because if it doesn’t follow their beliefs or fall into their political perspective it is automatically declared false.
There is something both sad and disturbing about that.
We should be better.