OK. So I lied. I think you all know me well enough now to know I wasn’t going to keep quiet.
While I am trying to reduce my exposure to the political wars, I’m not completely free from it yet. So, I read things, I hear things on the news, and I wonder if the only thing left for us is outrage.
You may recall the outrage of the right when Barack Obama was elected. Some of that outrage started to bubble up before he was elected. He was secretly a Muslim, Michelle was really a man, the Obamas were a Potemkin family. The Obama story was carefully crafted decades ago by William Ayers, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the KGB. Or something like that. Once he was elected, the Republican Party became the party of no, bent on preventing a second Obama term. That didn’t go so well, although the Republicans were able to maintain their majority in the House and eventually take over the Senate as well, while expanding their reach in statehouses around the country.
My point is that before Obama even had a chance to show what he would do in office, was attacked, villified and dehumanized by the right. Their outrage knew no bounds.
And now we have the outrage of the left. My mother-in-law refers to Trump as the #1 Nazi. Pence is booed for attending a very liberal play. Protesters fill the streets with their voices and their chants and their signs that say “Not My President” and worse. And all over the liberal blogosphere every step Trump takes is scrutinized and attacked and … the outrage just grows.
We are in danger of replacing the outrage of the right with the outrage of the left. Of replacing the political correctness of the left with the political correctness of the right. Of never actually engaging in any kind of real national dialogue because we are all too busy yelling at each other.
I know it’s hard to look at the outcome of this election and not be massively upset and to want to express our outrage. But then, we are no better than the loons of the right. Yes, that’s right, the loons of the right are being replaced with the loons of the left. Rather than conjecture and hypotheticals and what ifs and personal attacks, why don’t we actually see what the man does once he is in office and the Republicans have a chance to follow through on their threats. Let’s see where they go with it and then when we see that, why don’t we respond with something the Republicans never did. Real substance, real ideas, and a mature, thoughtful response.
Booing the Vice President-elect as he attends a theater performance does nothing. It somewhat amazes me that people thought it appropriate to do so. Pence’s attendance at the play demonstrated a willingness to expose himself to different ideas, ones that may not necessarily form the backbone of his own thoughts and ideals. And he got booed.
Calling Trump the #1 Nazi before he has even taken office is akin to Obama being called a communist, Muslim, homosexual, atheist thug who wants to take your guns. There’s a right way to do this and a wrong way. So far, as far as I’m concerned, far too many people are pursuing the wrong way. The one where our outrage and disgust causes us to lose our collective minds. I think it’s time to settle down and let the new Administration take shape. President-elect Trump has that right. Let’s be better than the right was to President Obama. And see what happens. If the worst fears we share prove true, let’s fight with everything we have.