A political post about being less political

Ok, so let’s get this out of the way. I hate politics. I HATE them. Maybe I wouldn’t have hated them back when they were invented. Maybe originally, in ancient Rome, politics, like art and philosophy and street graffiti, were of a higher class. If that’s the case, maybe I could like politics. But I really think even back then Politician Antonius was saying that Politician Livius wanted to take all your money and Politician Livius was saying that Politician Antonius was a heartless idiot. I just think our national discourse needs to be better.

Because here’s what I believe: I believe that our constitution says we are free. This means we are free to worship whoever we want and to do whatever job we want and to love whoever we want, as long as our worshipping, doing, and loving didn’t infringe on other people’s ability to worship, do, or love. I believe that we are all people trying to get through this together, and that we should try to be nicer. I believe that we have a responsibility to those less fortunate than ourselves, and we should have systems in place to help them. I also believe that you should be able to work hard and get somewhere in this world. I believe we should all have access to education, and we should value not just an education but the fact we can be educated.

I realize this is all rather broad. I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty bits of my beliefs, because there are

I wish I knew who to credit for this, but I found it on this Tumblr: http://muppetmayhem.tumblr.com/post/30627023698

always two possible outcomes, and neither leads anywhere. Either you and I will share these beliefs and be self-satisfied in our belief superiority, or we will disagree, and I will try to convince you I’m right, and you will try to convince me I’m right, and neither of us will listen, and we’ll end up being angry and each will decide the other is an ignoramus. Because these two things are what happens in our political discourse. We have no political discourse.

Our politicians are more concerned with sewing discord than discourse. They lie about themselves and about each other. They believe in their party and their agenda, not the people. They’re essentially all the same. And I’m sick of it. I’m sick of the blame game. Tell me why you’d be a great president. Tell me what makes you the right choice. Don’t tell me why the other party is bad and evil and stupid. Don’t generalize an entire group of people because you don’t believe with them. If the other party really is bad and evil and stupid, I’m an intelligent human being, and I will see it. And I have the freedom to make that decision and not be judged.

So there’s my political rant. We need to be less political. I’m really not thrilled with either of my options in the upcoming race, and I can’t believe in a country this size that these people are really the best we can do. They’re all so far removed from us, they don’t understand our concerns, and they don’t care. Instead, they all talk to empty chairs and straw men, and we fight amongst ourselves over which candidate is better. Politics is barbaric. All I hear anymore is “bar bar bar bar.” So let’s just be nice. Whoever you’re voting for, whatever you believe, as long as your voting and believing doesn’t affect my ability to vote or believe, let’s not fight about it.

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