Sunday With My Thoughts – Stuff That Bothers Me

I’m sure it’s related to old age. Or, maybe I’m just a jerk.

Things are finding it easier to get under my skin. Disperser, some say, you are getting worked up about really insignificant details in the overall scheme of things.

But, you see, the big things are outside of my control as items that I can directly affect. Then again, big things don’t just come into existence on their own, springing up out of nothing.

Perhaps, then, my sensitivity to the little things results from both the fact that little things contribute to the big things, and the hypothesis that I can affect, influence, an perhaps limit the contribution of the little things to said larger issues. At the very least,  I get a measure of satisfaction from venting.

For instance, and this happened on somebody else’s blog, a commenter linked to an article blaming the recent outcome of the U. S. elections on the irrefutable fact the Republican Party lies.

Well, I pointed out that there are a number of reasons why the elections went like they did, and that blaming it on one party lying was oversimplifying the issue while at the same time sowing the seed of divisiness.

The answer was a disingenuous “it’s just an opinion, just like yours”.

Aside the fact the two opinions are not the same in scope, my opinion was not specifically aimed at denigrating one of the two parties involved.

And why link to that specifically narrow and divisive article when there are a number of very good articles by reputable students of the US political arena putting forth in depth analyses of the election dynamics and outcome?

Since the guy blew it off, I’ll offer my own opinion because, you know, it’s just an opinion. He specifically sought to present a scenario not in the hope of resolving anything, but rather in the hope of inciting hate and mistrust for one of the political camps. In this case, Republicans.

I see the same thing happen when Republicans lose elections. The fault, you see, is not that Republicans are dicks who did not take care of the people they purport to represent and govern, but rather the Democrats stole the elections by cheating, which, as everyone knows, Democrats excel at.

So we now have Democrats who won’t admit they lost because they are dicks who did not take care of the people they purport to represent and govern, but rather maintain the real reason Democrats lost the Senate is because Republicans lied, which, as everyone knows, Republicans excel at.

Whenever I read these  arguments, the thought that comes to my mind is that  people do not want to take responsibility for their own action, their own destiny, their own faults, and would much rather place the blame for their failures on others, thus absolving themselves from having to address real problem with their policies and the real negative consequences of their actions.

Worse yet, in addition to blaming their opponents, they don’t admit the possibility they misinterpreted what the voters wanted them to do.

Whenever I hear or read of either political party blaming the dishonesty of their opponents for their own failure to engage voters in their cause, their own failure to enlist reasonable and rational individuals in support of their ideals, the thought that comes to my mind is they must truly believe voters are incredibly stupid. I mean,  why else would voters fall for the evidently transparent and blatant lies of the opposition?

We thus have a situation where, instead, people do not act as adults, coming to the table with ideas, compromises, and the desire to resolve differences and solve problems. Instead, we have a bunch of immature, politically ambitious, easily corruptible, and completely irresponsible individuals who like nothing better than to cast stones at each other while living it up on the taxpayers dime.

That’s bad enough, but when the voters themselves self-identify with one group or another and then actively engage in spreading the perception there is only one correct view, there is only one correct way of doing things, there is only one correct answer for every complicated problem, well then, those individuals are, in my book, and this is just my opinion, a waste of human flesh.

Those are a very strong words because even as I say them (write them), I can think of a number of individuals I otherwise respect but who do exactly that very thing; they actively engage not in bridging ideologies,  but with the help of misleading, insulting and simplistic sound bites, they aim to widen the gap between camps and do so to recruit the undecided to their side.

The tactic they use? They reinforce the idea their own position is sacrosanct, righteous, and immune to criticism, and all the while maintaining not a scrap of value can be found in any dissenting position or ideology.

Now, I would cut these people some slack were it not for one very important and depressing fact . . . often, when I point this out to them, that what they are doing is at best misguided, and at worst dishonest, their answer invariably is the old standby: yeah, but the other side is worse.

Understand what that means; they, self-appointed good guys, be they Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberal, knowingly lie and misrepresent facts in support of their self-declared superior moral and ethical position.

To that I say . . . that don’t make no sense!

Their answer? I’m failing to see the Big Picture.

I think I’m seeing it very clearly, and are none too happy about it.

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Interesting point of information . . . most of the above was dictated on my Samsung Note II using the voice option in the Google Keyboard. It was so because my foot is swelling up something fierce, probably from all the fluid and bleeding due to the injury to the thigh, and so I lay down a lot, with my leg elevated.

Dictation was transcribed remarkably accurately, and the program even suggested corrections. I did some manual editing, but not that much.

Impressive.

. . . and, perhaps, people can tell the difference between my written and oral arguments . . . or, perhaps not.

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