First off, politics are a ton of fun. They give people a chance to assert their values into the political process by voting, or by working for the government, congress, state, senate. When have you had a political conversation with a group of people produce a positive outcome? What was that….never you say? Well, I have a theory why political discussions almost always derail into something reminiscent of a bully harassing people on the playground.
I used to believe that politics were a science that was cut and dry, approached with logic and reason; and I was sadly mistaken. The way legislature is written tends to be matter of fact and logical, so that it’s understandable and acceptable. However, the motivation behind political writing and decisions is based on logic, and more prominently feelings, no matter what party one affiliates with. People in general feel a certain way about a topic, and no amount of logic, reasons, and facts will sway them to change their feeling. This is pretty obvious, after you challenge a person’s feelings and beliefs with facts, and are met with the most disparaging talking to you’ll ever receive. It seems like something about politics degrades people into unruly 5-year-olds who harass each other and would rather die than cooperate by discussing the actual political topic. Luckily, Walmart has red tag sales on diapers.
You can be the reincarnation of Albert Einstein, but if you don’t have the same belief as a person on a Facebook post then you are obviously an uneducated, mentally disabled moron in the eyes of that person. Even politicians are not above resorting to ad hominem and distortion of facts, although I notice that happens more often among the general population. That’s the good thing about America though, everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions. The political platform gives people a chance to push forward their values and views, which they stand up for.
Political issues are often solved by cooperation, compromise and diplomatic handling of topics. Although, we’d have to be living in some kind of unrealistic utopia for all issues to be solved in such a manner. So in the name of liberty and freedom, assert your beliefs and opinions. Again, as a reminder, baby formula IS available at your local Walmart for all you thumb suckers who want to turn a discussion into a name calling competition.