I’ve been pretty much obsessing over hurricane Gustav, a little bit because I’m a hurricane geek, but mostly because my parents live just outside Pensacola. I’ve had about 5 different moments of terror today, as the outer bands on Gustav spawned tornadoes in the Pensacola area.
I just got off the phone with my mom, and everything is OK in their neck of the panhandle. They got some strong winds, and rain, but the worst appears to be over. I’m still a little angry with my folks and my brother for not going a little inland for at least a day, but they are all grownups, and took a vote as a family and decided to stay.
All of this means I’m a little on edge , so I hope you give me a little latitude.
I want to say something about politics real quickly, but fear not; this is the last post I’ll make about the subject for a while, and hopefully in a minute you’ll understand why.
This is what hyper-partisanship does to us. Somehow, when we give ourselves to one “team” or the other, and do so vigorously, we lose a little piece of our ability to see our “enemies” as human beings. We get lost.
I’ll be the first to say that I’m just as susceptible to it and anyone else. But, make no mistake, it is an evil. For all the wonderful things our political system has done for the world, the ugliness that comes from hyper-partisanship is not one of them.
If we can all wag our fingers at Moore, can we turn that judgement to ourselves? Do we make snide comments about our opponents, always angling for how we can help “our side” regardless of the subject?
I’ve seen some things written about Sarah Palin since Friday; things said by people I generally respect for their decency. Palin’s experience IS a valid issue, but some snarky, mean-spirited (and downright elitist) things have been said in support of those arguments.
But to use the situation with Palin’s daughter to score cheap little political points?
Have you no decency?
Let me tell you something. My mother, the sweet old lady I’ve been stressing about all day, was younger than Palin’s daughter when my family was founded, and under similar circumstances, from what we kids can tell. So, since I’ve spoken in the past against creating a society that fosters teen parenthood (has it ever occurred to you that some of us have these views because we know a little something about the subject?) , by all means, use my dear old mother to make your political points. It’s all fair game, right? Maybe some more strident blogs can throw out pejoratives and make crude jokes about her.
By all means, use my mother to make your damned petty little points. I hope they make you feel smug and satisfied.
Oh, and while you’re at it, accept my heartfelt F*** you.
Let’s quit wasting each other’s time. I’m voting for McCain. I’m not going to change my mind, as far as I can tell. You have made up your mind, too. The undecided folks aren’t reading this blog, and THEY’RE NOT READING YOURS EITHER! Obama is not going to win Tennessee. Unless you live in Florida, Pennsylvania, or Ohio, your state is pretty much decided one way or the other.
So why are we sniping back and forth, acting like a**holes? To what end? The sport of it?
I’m done talking politics. I’d like my humanity back, please. And I pray you regain yours, as well.