It’s fascinating to watch the various supercharged political friends I have on social media and their strikingly different opinions.
It’s shocking how hyper-partisan and hypocritical people get about politics.
The same people that condemned Bill Clinton for cheating on Hillary are coming to Trump’s defense, pitchforks in hand.
The same people that love Bill Clinton and sweep his infidelity/perjury under the rug (as well as JFK & FDR) are using this Stormy Daniels thing as more ammo about Trump’s misogynism and his inability to be a President.
It’s partially hilarious, mostly scary.
We’ve got people who have no clue what an assault rifle is marching through the streets demanding to overturn the 2nd amendment (AR-15’s are not “assault rifles”). Did you know less than 2% of gun deaths in the US are a result of the AR-15-like rifle? Less. Than. Two. Percent. Is that really where the main focus should be in the gun control debate?
On the other side, we’ve got people who literally think anyone should be able to have guns, whether they’re mentally deranged or not, and that performing a basic mental check (like the military) so we don’t sell weapons to crazy people is some egregious violation of the Constitution. Really? Is it really that inconceivable that there are people in our country that probably shouldn’t have access to unlimited weapons? Really? This isn’t hard.
I feel like I’m in the middle of a shouting match between 300 million four-year-olds.
The lesson: Most people are so hopelessly entrenched in their viewpoint – their “party”, their “people”, their bias – that they will literally contradict themselves – and justify it – just to preserve their identity.
It’s this same rigidity that keeps people exactly where they have been. It keeps people angry. Makes them insufferably self-righteous. Keeps us at a standstill as a country. Come on guys, we have shit to do. We don’t have time for all of this.
Someone, tell me I’m not alone. Tell me there are other reasonable people out there that have the ability to see more than one side. If you’re out there, please join what I like to call the “Coalition of Reason”. It’s a lonely group, but we need to stick together.