To preface this, let me say that I am new to this site and this is my second attempt at an account on here. I tried posting something political with the first account and got attacked by a right wing troll. Frustrated about how to delete idiotic comments, I just started over.
That said, I am a LIBERAL. I have LIBERAL OPINIONS IN MY POLITICS. If someone wants to air their OPINIONS about their right-wing politics - do it on your own page. I am not here for juvenile stupid rancorous arguments. If you do not like what I write, please ignore me. Thank you!
I grew up not seeing much difference between the American political parties until recently. It was a “meh” sort of thing for me. When trump was running for office I thought it was a joke and stopped laughing when he won. I became anxious about his agenda and person; about his fanatical following. I, like many on the left saw (and see) him and many in the right-wing as Fascists. These days it is easy and very cheap to bander about such labels but having read much history I see the parallels between his rise to power and that of the Fascists of the 1930s. When he was in power, I was in several Facebook groups. It helped me to see how TRIBAL we Humans and Americans are as Humans. We often gravitate to US VS THEM ways. I have watched as the USA has been split/polarized as never before in my lifetime by trump and the right-wing that follows him or wants to cash-in on his brand of what I consider, “insanity and stupidity”. Not even during the Vietnam War did I see such polarization. Even then people could find common ground about the war. Now…I see it as the sane and insane. Those wanting to build the world and those that want to tear it down. I see it in those that believe in global warming and vaccine use and those in DENIAL and OPPOSITION of those. It is I admit, TERRIFYING to me that the USA could easily become a Fascist Totalitarian state run by thugs, anti-knowledge anti-science racist people that ONLY care about absolute raw power and are controlled by the rich. They have shown a great disregard for human rights. Women and minority rights. As a Senior Citizen I am terrified that if they come to power they will eliminate all social welfare programs that support and sustain the old, poor and invalid. In my view they want to tear the world down BUT HAVE NOTHING POSITIVE TO REPLACE IT WITH… that is good for ALL the people.
On the other side, we have a very WEAK Democratic movement that is being hamstrung by a few egocentric primadonnas. They are NOT working for The People of this country but for their own personal fortunes as paid for by corporate America owning them. So many politicians of ALL sides are bought and paid for. Biden has some good ideas and intentions but dammit man GROW SOME FUCKING BALLS! Which is a problem with the Democratic party. We have shown we outnumber the right-wing by votes THEY think were fraudulent. Which is one way they may come to power and ruin the country. It is sadly amusing to me that they have a slogan of, “Make America Great Again” but all they want to do is repress, push down, and tear down. Americans love their damned slogans. The Dems have a problem of trying to be the “NICE” people the GOOD. Part of the Tribalistic identity. Some can point at ANTIFA as being representative of the Left but frankly, I find those sonsabitches STUPID! They go looking for a fight and do nothing positive in it. If they want to make a difference LET the right-wingers have their costume parties and make their foolish hate speeches. For a while. I worked with right-wingers who bragged about their guns. A weird fetishism I found. I know left-wing gun owners but they don’t brag about it. Owning guns is fine. Go have fun but hey folks just try to avoid using humans as targets no matter which side you align with.
As noted earlier in this fucking novel of a posting, I was in some left-wing Facebook groups. It was a massive circle jerk of people saying the same things using Memes. In the last group I was in, I grabbed memes off Reddit and imgur and serial posted. It was sick kick getting clicks of LIKES. I finally came to realize what I was doing. It was just the same circular bullshit saying the same thing over and over again. I could imagine all these Lefties roaring at their computers and pounding their chests…because that is all most of us actually DO! We sit and bitch and post bullshit on the internet. What can people actually DO to facilitate change? MAYBE pressure those high paid politicians that are supposed-to be working for us. The braver and stronger have PEACEFUL marches. “Peaceful” is what I emphasize here. NOT raging angry.
I quit the last FB political group I was in and deleted all I had posted. Damn, some poor bastards that had copied what I had copied off someone suddenly found the link dead. I felt an IMMEDIATE sense of release of tension and pressure. I deleted all political postings from my own FB page. More easing of pressure.
I have had to face a part of myself and ask “what are YOU PERSONALLY ABOUT AS A HUMAN applying that to political beliefs”? The answer has been very simple: The Greater Good. Clean water for all. Food for all. LIFE for all. No wars no arms races. Save the planet for all. Clean it up and cool it down. Peace and goodwill for all. No matter the Tribe a person aligns themselves with. No matter the Race or Religion. I saw myself and others ridiculing the ignorance of those refusing Vaccines. To them, it is not ignorance. This is part of what separates us all. The for and against in so much. I felt it sick and mean-spirited to attack and ridicule the anti-vax and anti-mask people. Shit gets old on both sides. Now, I do what I can, what I believe is best for all. Not only ME. I wear a mask. I wore masks for hours in a factory.
The sickness of so much of the Facebook TRIBALISM I found is that we have all this high tech bullshit and there we are using it to be not much different from Others without it in another time and place, running naked screaming hating the OTHERS all filled with anger.
I am not and have never been a “hateful” person. That is my own personal fight. FEAR is the parent of Anger and Hate. My father was a very fearful man but he converted that FEAR into anger and hate. He hated me for being different and strange to him. He was anti-semitic bigoted and racist and yet… AN EDUCATED MAN.
I have been able to find some empathy with some right-wingers in how you get ELITISTS like Hillary Clinton calling the Other side, “Deplorables”. Who the FUCK ever uses THAT word in everyday speech? “Oh how DEPLORABLE of you!” It sounds so condescending. Now if she would have said, “Y’all just a bunch of stupid sonsabitches” I think it would sound more regular folks. There has been a big myth that so many on the right are old poor uneducated Boomer generation white folks. Here I am! One of them but NOT one of them.
I am for the Left in my political leanings because I am for building, nurturing and growing ALL. Including those on the right. PEOPLE AND LIFE. Unlike many these days, I grew up remembering the absolute paralyzing HORROR of the Cuban missile crisis. I was 8 then. I remember how terrified people were. I have lived with that all my life and it has helped me to want all life to continue and not be extinguished by stupidity and insanity from ANY HUMANS.
I may be accused of being a doom and gloom person. I read A LOT. I sort through and look at my own biases. I think of what I know about history and the environment. People act like Global Warming is something new. It is something that has been denied for decades and the problem kicked down the road for decades by politicians all over the WORLD. Not only in the USA. Al Gore was laughed at but he was correct about it. What is happening NOW was predicted to happen DECADES FROM NOW. If we do not do anything about Global Warmng in the next few YEARS, the WORLD IS FUCKED.
I BELIEVE that if the Right-Wing takes power in 2024 they will not give a damn about Global Warming. They will ignore it and try to excuse and bullshit it away. Goodbye future generations. If the Right-wing takes power in the USA they will most likely eliminate social welfare programs because they see them as “socialist” - even though those “Socialist” programs save the lives of MILLIONS OF RIGHT-WING CITIZENS! The poorest voters in the USA support the Republicans and the right-wing. There is an irony that their wanting to be rid of those programs deemed “socialist” will ruin the lives of and kill many of their supporters. Just as the anti-vax believers are mostly Republicans and killing themselves with their opposition to vaccines.
I do not see myself as a doom and gloom person. I see myself as an educated REALIST. I do not see a bright future for the USA and the world. I will however choose to LIVE in a positive nurturing life-affirming way because that is me. Some try to blame my generation for all the bad in the USA. Our old people are corrupt and they want young people. Our young politicians have shown that as young people in office they can be and are just AS corrupt and mean as the old pricks of my generation. I am hopeful for humanity. I am no longer going to be a part of the idiotic fear-mongering of political groups. It all sounds the same with a few boring talking points…as this entry may seem to be. All I can do is vote when I can and be kind when I can.