I agree, and I also want to remind folks that the party controlling the White House ends up getting that spotlight. Republicans at the end of Bush’s term looked just as out of touch and lost as a lot of Democrats do now in the afterglow of Obama’s administration.
There’s something to be said for making an effort here, I think. Decency stands out, which is a fairly unfortunate thing to say. The problem though, and please afford me the chance to appear arrogant here, is talking to folks who see politics as sport or their leaders as deities comes off as inherently unintelligent to me. It’s ridiculous.
And along the way, I find myself guilty of the very thing we both have come out against. Of course, it’s also just as ridiculous to taunt third-party voters about “wasting their vote.” I suppose my primary concern now is how deeply rooted this emotion is, this need to resort to taunts.
We should also realize that none of us can corner the market on intelligent thought. All of us are ridiculous.
I have news for you. Go ahead, take a seat. Grab a breath.
All of us are “deplorable” and all of us are “snowflakes.” We all have pet concerns where bias floods our reason. There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t have some flaw to battle against.
The pejoratives only divide us further. And so, we must actually try and understand why people feel the way they do. Guess what? It might be illogical. It might not always make sense. But that’s humanity — we don’t always make sense. And yet, we’re in this together.
Kirsten, how can we do this?
What I personally am doing to try to understand is to seek out stories that showcase different and diverse perspectives. NPR does a great job with this, as its reporters spend a lot of time in small towns across the country talking to everyday people. Many times I come away from those stories able to understand how and why those people formed the opinions they have.