All joking aside, I’m pissed. My nerdy husband turned me on to NPR so that’s what we listen to in the car, and every day I just get angrier and angrier at what I hear.
I can’t believe that this is the world that we live in. I’m terrified at the thought that my daughters are growing up in this ass-backward, hypocrisy-filled septic tank of a modern world. I’m not one to post political messages or to engage with those whose opinions are different than mine. I’m not a confrontational person. At all. I hate arguments. I hate picking sides. I like everything to be cool with everyone I know. That being said, it’s no longer acceptable for me to keep a laissez fair attitude and not to speak up.
So this is me, on my little soapbox, speaking up.
- Alt-right? Let’s call it what it is – hate groups. Little boys with tiki torches spewing their racist, anti-Semitic garbage. I’m all for freedom of speech. But I draw the line at blatant expressions of hatred and discrimination towards another group of human beings. Guess what, morons? Let’s think back a little bit before you all started started wearing white hoods. This piece of land that you are trying so desperately to “purify” for your white brethren, well at one point in time was joined to all the other pieces of land. At one point, there was only one continent on Earth. And all these attitudes towards those with darker complexions… skin color was determined by how close a group was to the EQUATOR. Your WHITE skin is not a result of you being better. It’s a result of your ancestors being farther from the equator.
- Hypocrisy is all the rage. Every time I hear about another asinine thing that our president has done or said I just imagine how things would have been different if someone else was elected. I have no respect for any human being who can look at Trump and think he is the person that should be in charge of this country. He is a racist, sexist, misogynist who is unequipped for the job, is incapable of rational speech and a moron. My left foot would make a better president than that rat.
- Can’t we all just get along? I am a democrat. Possibly a bit of a socialist. And definitely identify on the left. But that doesn’t mean I am opposed to every republican. I listen to Charlie Baker, governor of Massachusetts, every month on the radio, answering questions from his constituents. I like the guy. He is a republican and yet I agree with a lot of what he discusses and the policies he puts forth. I applauded John McCain, when he returned the Senate just after having brain surgery, and was very impressed with his speech. And yes I think he did the right thing by voting YES to continue discussions on health care. I don’t agree with getting rid of the Affordable Care Act and I didn’t agree at all with any of the bills the republicans introduced. But continuing the discussion is important to both sides.
- Screw you, white men. I’m so disgusted by the men in power that are trying every tactic and strategy known to them to restrict women’s rights over THEIR OWN BODIES. We can argue religion until we are blue in the face. Your beliefs are your beliefs. My beliefs are mine. But none of us have the right to dictate what another human being does with his or her own body. Allowing an employer to dictate what drugs an employee can get under company health care? Ridiculous. Medical records are not public domain. Your employer should have NO access to what medications you are on and therefore no say. And why is the argument of “it’s against God’s plan” not brought up when men are requesting erectile dysfunction drugs on their Hobby Lobby insurance plan? Your limp dick is also God’s plan.
- Removing the offensive. This one I’m conflicted about. Human beings are complicated creatures. We change, we evolve. What we think one day, we may not think another day. We may believe in something so intensely that it blinds us to someone else’s truth. We are guided by our families, our friends, the places we live and the things we choose to do. My experience growing up Catholic, in a white neighborhood and attending an (almost) all white Catholic high school means that I really don’t understand anything about what it’s like to be another race. And we now live in a semi-rural and not very diverse town. So this is the reality for our children too. So I can say with complete honesty that I don’t know what it is like to live in a place where there are statues of confederate leaders. Statues, on display in public places, up on high pedestals, that were meant to be seen as aspirational. But I want to be clear when I say that the existence of such statues are not a commentary on our understanding, our values, our beliefs, in the year 2017. They are of the past. In another time, those in power (and we can say wrongly in cases) believed that these individuals were deserving of this homage. Just look at old black and white cartoons. There’s a lot of blatant racism in some cartoons. It is an artifact of the time in which it was created, just like these statues. Are the statues offensive? Some, yes absolutely. Are the cartoons offensive? Old newspaper articles? Old textbooks? The names of some buildings on college campuses? Some governmental flags? College mottos? Yes. Yes. Yes. All of these things are commentaries on the times in which they were created. To rid the modern world of these artifacts is unequivocally Orwellian. So my question is, where do we draw the line? Destruction of everything that we today deem offensive is in a way erasing the past. Isn’t it just as important to preserve the past so that we as humans can learn and grow? So we can understand why these things exist and why they are so wrong. I don’t know the right answer. But I know I would hate to live in a world in which the past is just forgotten just because we are ashamed of it.
Okay, I’m stepping down from my soap box.
If you made it this far, thank you.