Friday, October 07, 2016
Different Point of View
Yesterday, an anonymous reader said they didn't care for my political posts. They were tired of being insulted because of having different viewpoints as myself.
Now - I am absolutely fine with people having different opinions than my own. I'd like to think it's ok that I have a different point of view from someone else.
I get that yesterday's post might have been a last straw, but going back to read what I wrote, nothing is insulting as far as I can see. I talked more about the general unease of an African-American neighbor in today's society that he sees as being racist than I did about any specific political anything. I talked more about having wine then I did about (t)Rump himself.
What struck me as ironic is the 'insult' comment.
Trump has built his entire campaign - nay, life - around insulting others. Granted, he is an equal-opportunity insulter - unless you're a rich, straight, white male (and not even all of those are safe). He is an agitator for agitating sake alone. He is more carnival barker than provocateur.
Now, perhaps the commenter isn't a (t)Rump supporter. But since I didn't mention Jill Stein or Gary Johnson, I'll just take a wild guess.
The comment - right or wrong - struck me as being thin-skinned. Not so ironically - so is (t)Rump himself. It's doubtful he's ever taken or given constructive criticism. From all I see he's reactionary more than a processor.
I said I was fine with a difference of opinion. Fine. Then I don't want supporters coming at me with insults and braggadocious comments. If you want to have a logical, thoughtful discussion, I'm all for it. I will be the first to admit I'm wrong if - and only if - you can articulate (t)Rump's plans using his words, his actions. Not "what he really means is.....".
If you support (t)Rump - even if it's just for his fiscal policies - you can say you're not racist, but you at least have to admit you're supporting a man who is. You have to face the fact that, by proxy, you support xenophobia and misogynistic behaviour - even if it's on the periphery. You can justify it all you want "it's not" or "he's not" doesn't make it so.
(t)Rump might be all talk. Perhaps he doesn't mean the things he says, but now he has a fuck of a lot of people behind him who do - and act on it. You can say you're not "one of them", but it's a little hard to separate yourself from that pack.
Of course, I don't like losing readers. But I also don't see changing my blog for a few dozen posts I write per year that are political. Many don't like my music choices or the food I make - I stopped trying to please everyone a long time ago.
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