Fear, hate, and retribution.
I'm trying to turn over a new leaf. I've gotten myself worked up over trolls in my own blog posts and political lies in the blog posts of others.
Why do I do this? I think it's 2 reasons. (fear and hate)
I fear that naive individuals will buy into the political rhetoric of the other side because they are better salesman. I hate that most people aren't educated enough to realize that they are being sold a bill of goods.
The problem seems to be that it's a never ending cycle! Once the public realizes that they were sold a bill of goods that wasn't delivered, their only choice for retribution is to pick the opposite party that lied to them before this party got into power.
I think that's starting to change. The lies are compounding a lot faster than they used to. Soon the public will turn against both parties.
"Read my lips! No new taxes!"
LIE! "I did not have sexual relations!" LIE! "I did not Inhale" LIE! Bill Clinton wrote an entire book entitled "My Lies", his Vice President wrote an entire book of lies called "An Inconvenient Truth"
"I do not believe in nation building!"
LIE! "In Texas, I'm signing up children for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as fast as any other state!" LIE!
"My Great Uncle was a member of the 89th Infantry Division that liberated the Ohrduf camp, part of Buchenwald!"
LIE! His great uncle was in the Navy.
"My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka."
LIE! His grandfather signed up 6 1/2 months after Pearl Harbor.
"My father was brought to America along with others by a 'President Kennedy Airlift.' "
LIE! His father came over before Kennedy was President.
"I'm not going to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year.
"We're going to post every bill on the internet for 5 days before passing it to give the public a chance to see it!"
LIE! I'm doing this from memory, so the quotes aren't exact and I've made it appear like the more recent politicians have lied more, but I'm pretty confident though that the 4 quoted Presidents above have lied pretty equally. The problem is that with these 4 Presidents, the lies have compounded to the point that voters are looking elsewhere.
What will happen?
Voters are going to look for any candidate not in the 2 major parties.
I've got to overcome my fear of the salesman, because they perpetuate the party lies and increase the chance of eventual retribution. I can't hate the undereducated for being undereducated, because it's not by choice in most cases. Eventually most voters will figure out that neither party is doing them any favors.
I have to let the political bubble burst.
I'm not going to do much different than before, other than trying to stay calmer. Given some of the political garbage that's out there, I can't guarantee that though! ;)
This post might not have helped anyone else, but it sure helped me to put my thoughts down in print.