It’s been a while but it’s not because there wasn’t anything to write about, quite the contrary. Every day is a breaking news day.
I don’t know anyone that even resembles a left-leaning local radio talk show host in Victoria. There are no shortages of Libertarian/Republican shock jocks who are willing to engage in Biden, Harris, Democrat, and liberal bashing as early as 6:15 a.m. and throughout the day. More power to them, they pony up the money and have the willing advertisers and red meat listeners. That is not our cup of tea.
I’ve been commenting a lot on the Victoria Crossroads articles. Perhaps too much. I noticed a pattern, a lot of the comments from the right centered on the site featuring articles reposted from CNN. They said it was a deliberate act of divisiveness. Never mind the fact that every article Crossroads reposted appears in every major newspaper, almost word-for-word. I think all they want to see is animal rescue stories and the like. I also think those people reacted to the boogieman CNN and never bothered to read the article.
Every year or so I had to clarify that the views I hold are my own and I do not speak for the local, state, or national Democratic Party. I have not read the DNC platform nor do I know many Dems that have. It’s a guideline that’s updated every four years by the delegates attending the DNC. I’m pretty sure every Dem knows where the party stands on climate change, immigration, social issues, and foreign policy. We are not monolithic, so we have our differences on how to achieve our goals. We have the establishment, moderates, progressives, and those who fit well in all three groups. I like to call myself a Barrack Obama Democrat.
I recently fell off the wagon because I promised myself that I would be content to post my views on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog. I convinced myself that commenting online would not be a productive use of my time. Here is why: 1. My opponents will not consider or read the sources I post; they will automatically label them left-wing propaganda. 2. My opponents only post anecdotal evidence or none at all. 3. I refuse to engage with someone who believes the “Big Lie” or believes the insurrectionists were patriots. 4. I also refuse to engage with conspiracy theorists. I don’t pretend to be perfect and at times I am wrong and have no problem saying so, but I will never purposely deceive anyone.
All presidents from the opposite party will be demonized by the opposing party; that’s just the way we roll. The closest we have been united was after 9/11 when President George W. Bush had 95% approval. It didn’t last long. It only lasted until the invasion of Iraq. Right now, 51% is considered to have the consensus of the nation.
We don’t have a clearinghouse for the truth and social media will keep it that way. We no longer have an arbitrator. Right now, some think the FDA, CDC, and Dr. Fauci are all just tools of the left. There is no evidence in the world that will change their mind. Tucker Carlson will see to that. It’s always left-right, blue or red. Yes, the mainstream media plays a role. MSM will show us a poll showing red states preferring NASCAR and blue states preferring baseball or reds states preferring beer and blue states wine.
I have noticed that a lot of people on the right do not like race being mentioned saying it’s too decisive but they constantly post their southern open border myths thinking that is OK.
I am an unabashed bias Obama Democrat and I too am hardheaded when it comes to vaccines. I am totally vaccinated and am looking forward to my booster. It’s not because of Joe Biden; it’s because I’m selfish and don’t want to die. I consult with my doctor after I read something pro or con about the vaccine. Sure, the CDC says I won’t have to go to the hospital and I believe that but if I do, who knows what will happen.
I’ve always looked forward to attending a weekly breakfast with my totally vaccinated buddies but until I see the new cases going down or more people being totally vaccinated, I’m giving that up. That makes me angry, why should a small group of stubborn people prevent us from returning to some sort of normalcy?
Make the vaccination mandatory. It’s not like it’s something new. We’ve tolerated the few hesitators based on their definition of freedom long enough. We’ve seen the new cases continuing to rise and now our children and grandchildren are being infected. We would not have had civil rights without a government nudge and companies would have never policed themselves without the EPA. Some people have a legitimate reason for not getting the vaccine I get that but we can get to the 75% totally vaccinated without them.
Several questions have been asked about when will we get back to some sort of normalcy where politics is not the dominant subject. I don’t have the answer but I don’t expect it to be anytime soon. As long as we only have two major parties people have to pick a side or they won’t be recognized. Ask the Libertarians or Green Party. You can’t expect third-party candidates to win an election the way our Electoral College system is set up. Get rid of it, you say, good luck in getting rid of a constitutional amendment.