I am weary of the locked mindset so many people are exhibiting on both sides. They are caught in the tyranny of their own entrenched ideas, sure if they waver even a bit to consider another viewpoint or possibility they will die. Unwilling to dial back the rhetoric and see that all sides bear responsibility for the wrongs visited on fellow humans, and all sides share the blame for the current state of affairs. No political party is filled with all upstanding, civic minded, unselfish members. No political party is filled with all narrow minded, selfish, boorish members. Both parties have their fair share of scoundrels willing to do whatever to advance their own position and career, to line their own pockets and those of their cronies. Power, and the laser focus on having it, creates a volatile mix of fear, greed and self importance that causes people to behave very badly. Much as the lack of feeling you have any power creates a dangerous atmosphere in which people lash out and act in ways that ruin communities and lives. Both groups justify their behavior as being caused by circumstances brought about by “those people”, who need to be watched carefully for any incursion.
For too long the wages have idled while the advertising has increased, giving people “options” such as leasing, HELOC, credit cards and the like to be used to buy cheap stuff they don’t need, and cheap nutritionally empty food. If we spent a fraction of what we spend on storage units and pro sports gear or stadium seats on our roads or on housing people could afford, it would be a much better use of those dollars. We are bringing about our own decay by buying into the have it now, you deserve it mentality. We are too busy personalizing our phone cases and credit cards to see what a stupid and pointless statement that is. Many are so fearful of anyone outside their income demographic or religious traditions that they feel the need to take any measure to keep them at bay. Then there are those who seem to be deliberately trying to undermine anything that they didn’t conceive.
I would like to think that cooler, calmer and kinder heads will prevail. Ones where people think and listen and reflect, rather than insist and accuse and yell at anyone they disagree with. Both sides need to take a long hard look at their behavior, the whining, the accusing, the self serving mindset that has brought things to this point.