I don’t like politics and I avoid talking about it . With my e-mail buddies too, I steer clear of politics ; there are so many more interesting things to discuss. Most of my friends , like me , are middle of the road Democrats but two of my e-mail correspondents , guys that I used to work with , are staunch Republicans . No problem there , even though for the last three years they have peppered their e-mails with ” jokes” about President Obama and dire warnings about how the country is going to the dogs .I’ve never responded in kind . Their funny e-mails I laugh at and the rest I delete immediately. It does bother me , I admit, when they refer to the President as Obozo and Obummer and make scurrilous jokes about him and the First Lady. No matter what one’s political beliefs , the office of the President should always be respected .
After the election , I thought the jokes and e-mails would stop but they didn’t . So I sent my two friends a gentle suggestion ” Now that the election is over , perhaps it’s time to move on and stop with these political jokes .” One of them got the message but the other didn’t . Perhaps I should have been more direct . Perhaps I should have said ” Hey , dude! The election’s over . We won . You lost . Deal with it . Stop with these stupid political e-mails . ”
On second thoughts , I don’t think even that would have made a difference . Over the last fifteen years , the American public has been polarized beyond belief. It’s now all politics , all the time .
When I read articles on the internet , I used to also skim the comments to see what others thought . I don’t do so any longer because , no matter what the topic , there will be a sizeable number that will drag in politics or race. It can be an article about the Lakers or about oil exploration or about food trends. No matter. Someone or the other will tie it to President and his imagined failings . The comments are so devoid of reason or intelligence and the tone so vicious that it makes one despair for the future of this country. Having access to a computer seemed to have liberated people of their inhibitions . Unfortunately , it has also brought out their worst instincts .
There was one such haven from these bozos , the New York Times . No matter what the topic , I could always expect to read thoughtful , well-informed , comments by New York Times readers . They seemed to be from a different planet altogether compared to the Neanderthals that infested the internet message boards. I might not always agree with their point of view but I could appreciate where they were coming from . They stuck to the point and never went off topic .
Alas , that is no longer wholly true .
I was reading a New York Times review of the new release ” Lincoln ” when I came across a response that read as follows :
“A Liberal Interpretation of President Abraham Lincoln or “Lincoln meets Obama”
The Mis-Interpretation of Lincoln and the Constitution
“Lincoln”, the movie, is a contrived leftist attempt to demonstrate that President Obama is following the righteous path set by President Abraham Lincoln thus allowing the Obama Presidency to rewrite the Law of the Land, our Constitution, so as to seize Absolute and Total Control of the country without a thread of “Constitutional Law” to support his case.
Lincoln, who in the movie knowingly misrepresents (falsehood) his actions and the law, and declares “War Powers that enable him to imprison individuals without a trial”, thereby eliminating a person’s right under the law to be charged with an unlawful act, I.e. “Habeas Corpus”.
If any of you that read this have any interest in preserving the United States, then we the people must stand up to this “Tyranny of Disinformation” and demonstrate to each individual, one by one, what is the true meaning of the US Constitution and not the convoluted teaching of the “Liberal Educators in the Elementary, Middle Schools, High Schools, and Colleges. ”
What kind of person looks at a movie and goes of on a rant about “liberal educators ‘ ? That was just a rhetorical question . I already know the answer to that one . It must be somebody like my friend “Jim “. I attended his daughter’s wedding and at the reception , Jim got up to propose a toast to the newly wedded couple He did raise a toast but then inexplicably , he launched into a diatribe about liberals and how the Communists were taking over the country. ! Imagine that . At the happiest moment in his daughter’s life , he was spouting politics !
I have another friend who believes , as I do , that it’s no good discussing politics. If someone believes differently , there is no way you are going to change his mind . Nor should you want to . He ‘s entitled to his opinion just as you are entitled to yours . And , no matter how much you discuss politics , it is not going to make a whit of difference in the real world .
So, please, let’s talk about something else . And, please, let it be something other than the Lakers who aren’t doing at all well at the moment ….