This country is divided and honestly that isn’t really anything new. As much as I hate labels for the purpose of this post and for the sake of clarity I am going to define the two sides as the Right and the Left. I wish there were more sides, at least three to choose from but I am afraid whatever middle ground that once existed has simply eroded away.
Now for any of you that may be first time readers of my blog I used to exist somewhat in the middle but leaning much more to the Left. That all changed when I was forced to pick a side and yes I was forced, think football, Alabama or Auburn, Ohio or Michigan.
You see from my perspective, in the middle on the Left, the Right simply got too nasty, starting with the guy that yelled “F*ck you” to me simply because I had a Hillary Clinton sticker on my car. The Right has spent the last eight years stewing. Sure they controlled the House and the Senate and the majority of the states too but they didn’t have the top spot, the man behind the big desk. And for some on the Right, those that I once viewed on the lunatic fringe, it was the man behind the big desk that they hated the most. Now you can decide for yourself what it was that they hated about this man his politics, his party, his views, his religion, or his race. It was probably a combination of many things some spoken, some whispered, but the ugliness started shortly after his election eight years ago and snowballed into the frenzy we call Donald Trump.
I make no apologies for where I stand now. I would prefer to be more in the middle on the Left but Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Steve Bannon wouldn’t let me. I had to pick a side. I was either with them or against them. In my view the Right has created an environment of winner take all, there is no middle ground, or compromise. Is there a liberal bias in the media? It depends on which network you watch, the Right has their “Fake News” and the Left has its. That is where we are, that is where I am. Who do you believe? Which side are you on?
So if what I write sounds like just one side of two eight year olds arguing over the last piece of pizza I get it. If you believe I should take the high road and not stoop to their level, I get that too. And if I sound defensive sometimes it is because I am. From my view there is a very ugly underbelly on the Right who speak words and share thoughts that at one time they just kept to themselves. They have found their voice, and they feel like they have the man behind the big desk to support their views and their mandate and sadly I am not convinced they don’t. And not to sound overly dramatic or too sensational their views scare me and I don’t understand why they don’t scare more people.
Maybe things will mellow but in order for that to happen both sides will need to compromise, find some common ground. Will it happen? I don’t know. The last time I felt like this, felt this kind of divide it took a catastrophic event, 9/11, to bring this country back together. I hope we will find another way. But I won’t compromise until they do and I know that sounds childish but he started it.