Michael Gomez writes a politics blog for the Victoria Advocate.

You have a bias

 

 

This blog represents the views of the author alone and not the newspaper.


Let me put this disclaimer out so there won’t be any confusion. I don’t have an affiliation with The Victoria Advocate, nor are they approving or disapproving this blog. There is a menu option that allows you to voice your displeasure over the contents of this blog. I have been blogging and abiding by the rules for a long time. The views I am posting are my own and they are not to be associated with the Democratic Party or Democrats in general. Allow me to reiterate, these are my thoughts.

It’s been 120 days since my last blog because of personal issues not related to the blogs. Lately, every time I went to write something, a new administration scandal broke out, so I decided to wait for a conclusion but that’s not happening anytime soon.  

First, my comments about the cartoon my friend George posted were taken out of context. I didn’t have a problem with George posting the cartoon, I was saying that the cartoon did not respect the dead. I don’t think a similar cartoon about the tragedy at Sandy Hook would ever be posted because cartoonists did not want to be seen exploiting the grief of the parents of those children, for a political agenda. To be honest, I never looked for any cartoons, so there might be some. I messaged George to explain that I really didn’t find anything offensive in his blog.    

I find it amusing that George and I get criticism for our bias but they don’t do the same for right-wing LTTEs accusing Democrats of being godless, wanting open borders, socialists and being for abortion on demand, up until the days of birth (baby killers). I’m not complaining because it comes with the territory.  Some of those same people criticizing, agree with those letter writers. I now save my time by looking for the author's name first, to see if it’s the same 30 -day, same message letter- writer and go on to something else. You know who they are. In their first sentence, they will rail against Congress and they might include a “both parties” but then the rest of the letter they go on to place the entire blame on the Democratic Party. So, I guess controlling the Senate, executive and the Supreme Court doesn’t count for any part of the blame.

I had an excellent discussion this morning with a conservative friend and ordinarily, the citizenship question on the census would be avoided so early in the morning. I listened to his opinion without interruption and he did the same. We probably didn’t change our opinion but we agreed that gerrymandering was a tool that both parties use. We both agreed that people should not avoid the census because that’s our true representation. We even had a great conversation about the electoral system and each of us presented our case. I was really playing devil’s advocate because the electoral system doesn’t bother me that much. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama used it for two consecutive terms apiece. I miss the days where I could have a friendly argument with my Republican friends without invoking Trump. Back then they would say the Democrats are “tax and spend “party and I would reply “and Republicans are the cut taxes and raise fees party.”

My biggest complaint is that we are using the “fake news’ way too often to justify confirmation bias. It used to be that the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal were the go-to for fact-checking an issue. Today, it’s too common for either side to say “well he’s an Obama appointee or a Trump appointee or it’s Obama’s FBI or Trump’s own justice department. Well, Atty. General William Barr is acting more like Trump’s lawyer than the head of the justice department.  

I own my bias I wish others would own theirs because it doesn’t take a genius to see what side they generally fall on, especially if they post multiple comments. I remember years ago, some posters were bragging because they didn’t belong to a political party and didn’t have a bias, as if that made them special. I would take a peek at their Facebook page and found out they were racists, anti-immigration and hated liberals and Democrats. Nowadays, I just say “hum a few bars, I’ll make up my own mind.

The issues never change, the players do. That’s one of the perks of being old, you get to see the same issue over and over and at times the parties switch from being for to against and the other side does the same.    

Michael Gomez is a retired, opinionated left-of-center, political junkie who likes to discuss issues, as opposed to ideology.

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