One of the things that irks me most is that the fracture lines in 21st-Century American Society are in the wrong place.
Oh, we've got the same old Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, who mostly differ on wallpaper colors, what directions judges ought to be activist in, and if it's more okay to kill kids before they are born or after they turn eighteen. Both parties love war when its going well, and they object to covert action and sweeping Presidential power any time their party is out of office -- after all, their guy wields it carefully and reluctantly, while the other party's fellow is liable to start WW III as he flails about.
But that's just the usual B.S. It's not really much of a problem and it keeps so many people in nice suits out of the competition to dig ditches and stock shelves -- 538 just at the top not standing in line when the Hyundayota plant has an opening for a half-dozen wipers, and that doesn't begin to include their flacks and flunkies.
No, the problem is out at the fringes, where both sides wink at their jerks and fools. That's the real enemy. It's not cute to troll for the LOLs, and it doesn't matter if your Nazi/Communist pose is a mask or your deepest soul: you are fanning the flames. It's not cute to treat an incoming President as your Fuhrer and it's not at all cute to riot, smash windows, set fires and try to silence your fellow citizens when they speak. Yet both parties tolerate it, sometimes smiling at the "youthful enthusiasm" -- and then complain that good, regular Muslims tolerate ISIS and the like. Gee, I wonder how that works?
If you like your nice life, if you like arguing politics across the fence with your neighbor, extremists are your enemy -- even the ones on your side.
Waving signs and chanting slogans is one of the best traditions of the free world, right up there with boycotts and Letters to the Editor.. So's circulating petitions and ringing up Your Fool In The Capitol. Smashing and burning is the opposite of that; it communicates nothing Attila the Hun didn't already scribble across human history in letters of blood.
The barbarians are the enemy of every civilized person. Don't let them get away with it. The future depends on it.
4 months ago