Democracy Pronounced Dead
I dread the next four years.
What used to be representative government has been replaced by a creed that is similar to an Old Testament religion. This new wave brooks no disagreement, takes no prisoners. It’s all or nothing, my way or no way.
Extremism killed it. Dogma killed it. “Them or us” attitude killed it. “If you’re not with me you’re against me” killed it.
Take me for example: I’m called on this very website and on Facebook too a “Leftist,” even though I once voted for Ronald Reagan and have never been a registered Democrat. I vote no particular party and hardly ever for one of the two main parties. I vote my conscience and common sense and I don’t vote for the lesser of two evils, the less evil candidate.
If I don’t like either one I won’t vote for either one based on the premise one is worse than the other.
No, I’m called a “Leftist,” which is new updated way of saying like in the old days “communist.” It’s intended as an insult. I’m not called an American of another opinion who like you do wants the best for my country even though we disagree how best to achieve it.
I’m called a “Leftist.”
No, I’m not called that. I’m called a “Leftist,” an evil “Leftist.” I’ll repeat it. I’m called a “Leftist.” This means I’m also a subversive, disloyal, a bad American as Bill O’Reilly likes to say, a traitor, an anti-American, a person who deserves punishment because of my views, at the very least to be heckled and shouted down like Ted Cruz was at the Republican Convention if I try to explain my side-----at worst to be physically beaten at a rally or locked in jail----for my opinions.
In fairness on the Democrat side there are people who label too, calling those on the right with whom they disagree as “Nazis.” I did a column on this website comparing Hitler with Trump but I only meant in their demagogic approach to communicating their message to the public, I never meant Trump and Hitler would literally achieve the same things.
You can watch on Youtube Trump mocking a person with a physical disability and I stand by the assertions in that column (Trump and Adolph).
Nevertheless, when you label someone who has a different opinion a vague, one-size-fits-all, insult-intended, epithet, and you don’t even know the most basic information about the person who has made the opinion you disagree with, not their history nor their character. When it’s easy to use a not-have-to-think word that lumps everyone together (Leftist)...
You’re lazy. You can label someone and not have to debate your point of view. It’s easy.
When you call a Democrat a “Leftist,” insinuating disloyalty to America, when you call a Republican a Neo-Con although that doesn’t seem to carry the same evil intent as “Leftist,” when you categorize someone in that way------you have abandoned representative government by majority-----even a slim majority.
Because of you and millions like you nothing will get done.
Congress used to be composed of people who while they disagreed and things often got ugly, still grudgingly, they mostly thought of their opponents as Americans, not “Leftist” traitors or Right-Wing “Nuts.” Sometimes they passed legislation after compromising principles but the important part was that this was possible - in the past. Not now.
Today’s Congress, the party not sitting in the White House, will oppose whatever the president attempts no matter what. The Constitution is only a piece of paper. It’s only as good as the people who attempt to observe it. If you have a bunch of zealots in government, that’s what you get, a government of zealots. Extremism in the form of a government run by a band of psycho-pseudo-quasi-religious-imitating- moral puritanistic hot-heads has won.
America is no longer the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. It is the Land of the Close-Minded and the Home of the Uncompromising and the Doctrinaire. Why did this happen? Why did Americans abandon considering their political opponents to be loyal Americans in spite of a different view? Selfishness, stupidity, a lack of restraint, childishness; are among the main reasons.
I dread the next four years.