For the past two weeks I’ve been telling myself to sit down and write a post, “C’mon Susie, a recipe, fall fashion, something… anything! Anything but a political post!”
I kept telling myself not to go down this road again, but I just couldn’t help it; When I hear the ugly lies being thrown around in the media right now, I imagine them landing on the ears of the young people we work with through the Light Foundation… and it’s killing me.
You may be wondering why a stay at home mom blogger isn’t busy being a good WAG (an embarrassing acronym for the wife or girlfriend of an athlete), in which case we’ve clearly never met.
The truth is, I’ve always thought about these things. My earliest memories all involve watching the way people interact with each other and how easily they can be influenced. I’ve been intrigued by social trends for as long as I can remember; long before I ever heard the term “social trend”.
My senior year of high school I took my first Sociology course. I couldn’t believe there was actually a class that taught all of the things I’ve always been hyperaware of, and I was hooked.
In college I decided to major in Sociology and minor in Psychology and Philosophy (a subject my engineer husband claims isn’t real). My reward for a lifetime obsession with social issues is a shiny Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, which I’ll be the first to admit makes me an unemployable people watcher.
So, naturally I had to add a bit of personal commentary to our boiling political and social climate. Now, hopefully I’ can move on to more important blogger topics like, bringing back the banana clip.
Seriously. Who’s with me?
Call Me Anti-Party
I went over this in a previous post, but just to clarify, I do NOT identify with a political party. I simply do not believe who I am fits neatly into either box. I was raised by Democrats but no longer believe the party represents them, or their values. It seems that the far-left has cost the party their footing in D.C. for the same reasons the far-right kept Republicans on the fringes for the previous 8 years. I think this pattern proves that extremism is toxic and simply not representative of the majority on either side of the isle.
Who is the Majority?
I bet it’s safe to say that the true majority in this country are the millions of proud Americans (left and right of the political divide) who would like our politicians to start focusing on issues that are actually affecting our everyday lives; like healthcare, clean energy, and tax reform, not Russia and Nazis.
As a matter of fact, if you’re like me, you’d like the government and politicians to have as little effect on your life as possible. So, for anyone who can only think of people in terms of which category they fit into, you can go ahead and put me in the Libertarian bucket.
In my opinion, we as the majority, have essentially become victims of the Soros funded, media driven resistance movement. This political circus is nothing more than a childish attempt to undermine our democracy. Not only is it obnoxious, it is crippling actual progress in our country and making the Democrats look petty.
Speaking of the Media…
Turn on your TV and you will be told of race wars, white supremacy, and a growing fascist movement. Cable news has become a stage for political theatrics and the strong arm of the far-left to spread it’s propaganda.
Since the media began reporting this resurgence of hate in our country I immediately became interested in exactly why? What is their motivation for pitting American citizens against each other. What exactly do they have to gain by painting a scene of contempt and division in our communities.
Is there hate in the U.S.? Yes, of course. There is an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 KKK members in the US today. While the number is high and speaks to the fact that there is still ugly ignorance lurking in our country, it in no way represents who we are as a nation. Yet here we are, allowing the media to label all conservatives as white supremacists and Nazi sympathizers. The mere idea of it really speaks to the desperation and lack of creativity of the far-left.
I think it’s really important to recognize that our politicians our setting fires in our communities then using the media to help spread them. I’d like to believe most rational folks can understand that personal experience is the best indicator of reality, and can recognize this whole “wag the dog” song and dance for what it is… but the silence of so many Americans has me concerned.
The systematic and collective efforts to censor conservative Americans should be alarming to everyone. Shutting down free speech, and then applauding it, is a sign that our constitutional rights are no longer being protected.
Take Joy Villa for example: This is a strong, beautiful, woman of color who is dedicated to spreading a message of love and unity. She would be celebrated by the left if her political opinions aligned with theirs, but instead she is attacked and censored. YouTube was going to force her to take down her ‘Make America Great Again’ video for no apparent reason. What? Why? Because this woman supports our president, loves our country, and is an outspoken advocate for spreading love and truth? Or is it because she, in herself, directly contradicts the lie we are told about race and politics?
YouTube and Twitter have both been caught red-handed censoring political speech time and time again. If you’re not concerned, you may want to really think about what censorship in America means, and how the very existence of free speech is one of the defining factors that set us apart from other countries.
America, the Offended
How in the world did we get to a place (seemingly overnight) where the mere idea of America is offensive? Why are we allowing this to happen? America is not offensive. Our flag is not offensive. Loving your country doesn’t make anyone a fascist. (Speaking of which, for anyone who likes to throw the term around, please educate yourself on the topic. Talking about something you don’t truly understand is embarrassing all around.)
We’ve become so delicate that other people’s faith in God, political views, and even names offend us (poor Robert Lee). Why can’t we just accept that it’s impossible for everyone to see the world from our own personal vantage point.
Believing your values and beliefs are more righteous than someone else’s is the direct result of an inflated sense of self importance. If we really want to achieve equality for all Americans, it’s time we start admitting that no one is more important than the next guy (even where politics are concerned).
This is not about our president. This is no longer about parties. This is about recognizing that as Americans, there is more that binds us than divides us. Just look at Houston right now. The way this country has rallied around the victims of Hurricane Harvey has revealed so much more about who we are as a nation than any organized march or baseless political movement could ever do.
God Bless Texas!