My Political Post

I’m a little weirded out by how things are going. I don’t remember things being so polarized when I was a kid. I mean, I know people had their favorites and everything, but I don’t remember the vitriol being so bad. I also don’t remember people being so…extreme. Ronald Reagan did some pretty terrifying, fucked-up shit, but he never let on that he would do so in public. But now we have Santorums and Palins and Ryans who say fucked-up shit and people actually say, “Right on!” He may be wishy-washy, but at least Romney is trying to be moderate in what he says, depending on who he’s talking to when.

A friend recently posted something on Facebook that said people of the opposite political views should “do their homework” and research before they cast a vote. That was two weeks ago. In the weeks since, this friend has posted several links to websites made by obviously racist, crazy people. Is this the homework this friend means? Am I offended because I hold diametrically opposite political views than this friend? I’m sure I have done the same but on the other side (except, the websites I post aren’t racist. Crazy maybe, but not racist).

I don’t know. I know who I’m voting for and I know why, so I’m pretty much trying to block the rest of what I see. I like to preach that we need to be more tolerant of other people’s beliefs, but I have trouble when I see things that are wrongheaded and derogatory toward people spewed by modern politicos and then see people actually rally behind that person (or the person who represents them).

The modern world frightens me, more than any of the horror novels or horror movies that I love so much.

About Bill Gauthier

Bill Gauthier is a writer. His books include the collection CATALYSTS, ALICE ON THE SHELF, SHADOWED, and the forthcoming ECHOES ON THE POND. His stories and essays have appeared in DARK DISCOVERIES and BORDERLANDS.

Posted on September 30, 2012, in Politics and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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