the politics of hate

There are very few things I hate in this world but I truly HATE politics. Not people, but the political machinery that is grinding away at all of us.

I know how I am going to vote, and I know what issues call to me. I research those issues with what I hope is an open mind, on my own, in as many places as I can. I read both Huffpo and Fox News in hopes of finding some truth in the middle. There is no middle. They both make me gag with their slimy bullshit sensationalism. The rise of the new muckrakers is upon us and no one seems to care.

I don’t need incessant phone calls, or endless TV ads, or crazy pants rants on Facebook, or whatever other medium people want use to try to sway me. Everyone spreads half-truths, tells outright lies, or resorts to personal attacks so I’ve just stopped believing anything I hear. Most don’t even know that they are perpetuating lies someone else created. I’m just sick of it all.

It scares me when I see how truly hateful some people can be. Especially on the internet where some sense of anonymity turns what I would assume are normal rational adults into fear mongering jerks who will attack on a whim.

We all dig our little hole in the ground, call it our position, and never waver again. Not even a lean in one direction or another. There is no listening to what others have to say, no hmm, maybe you could be on to something there. I only see my-way-or-the-highway arguments, name-calling, and belittling of others opinions and feelings. La la la la, I don’t hear you, I’m right, you’re wrong, screw you.

How is this ever going to get us anywhere? Where is the compromise, the kindness? How are we ever going to dig ourselves out of this mess if we’re all in our own little holes with no room to shift?

It worries me greatly.

Comments

4 Responses to “the politics of hate”

  1. Carolyn on September 21st, 2012 9:39 pm

    Hear ya…. Crazy stuff going on, even in little old Biddeford…. No school budget. 🙁

  2. Becky Mochaface on September 23rd, 2012 8:02 pm

    Agreed

  3. Phil on September 26th, 2012 2:31 pm

    I have the same reaction, and the same fear. Much of public “discourse” is targeted at silencing political opponents.

    Sadly, there can’t be compromise on “doing the right thing” when the disagreements are about “what’s the right thing to do?” The topics are so fundamental to life, that we often believe our political opponents are trying to destroy our lives, and the lives of our children. It’s hard to be kind in that position.

    But if we the people censor ourselves, the smear-merchants have won. The antidote to hate speech is more speech, of the polite, thoughtful variety.

    Such discussions should never be taboo.

  4. mamalang on September 26th, 2012 3:46 pm

    What scares me is how many people feel this way, but then start giving into the political machine. Scary days are here.

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