Be forewarned this is a political rant. Writing is a cathartic exercise for me and allows me to slay my personal demons. The demons of which I speak are often imaginary but also, way too often, physically manifest themselves in life. This blog is cheap therapy, rather than pay a “shrink” hundreds (or thousands) of dollars to listen to me I just puke up my thoughts on the written page (sorry for that).
When people ask what my blog is about I usually say: it’s about photography, writing, travelling and lifestyle—and it is. But I always add the caveat that I will occasionally toss in a rant when my frustration or anger reaches critical mass. Thus the first sentence: Be forewarned this is a political rant. So I am preparing my readership for a rant and even telling them the subject of my rant.
So if you’ve had enough of politics (and who hasn’t) and people pontificating on the subject, then by all means go no further and ignore this post. I will not think less of you for doing so and I will probably think more of you for having good sense. If you’ve followed this blog, or know me personally, you know my political orientation—fiscal Conservative and social Liberal (Progressive). Many would label me Libertarian (but I’m not sure about that). Capital first letter on all of those names, terms, labels and judgements.
For the record I did not vote for Donald C. Trump. Also for the record I did not vote for Hillary R. Clinton. The choice we (the American people) had in this election cycle was untenable. But let’s be clear about one thing: it was not the candidates fault—the responsibility for these two walking-talking catastrophes falls squarely on the shoulders of us, the electorate. We the people allowed this to happen and we are left with the choice of either fixing it or succumbing to it. I don’t think our country has faced such a dire internal threat since the American Civil War.
Looking at either candidate was simply gazing on a reflection of ourselves. Whether we’ve polarized to the left or to the right makes no difference. Extreme points of view on either side are rarely productive in a positive way. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton reflect the worst in us in my ever so humble opinion. This happenstance didn’t occur overnight, its been a long time coming. And now it’s here. Ignorance, bigotry, racism, fear and intolerance is becoming the new law of the land. The United States and the American people are better than that—or are we?
He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
The above quote by German Philosopher Friedrich W. Nietzsche is packed with meaning. It might be well to take the time to plumb its depths. I’m rather proud of the those who follow my blog because you seem to share a love of intellect not often found on social media. It has nothing to do with the blog itself but everything to do with you who are attracted to it. Whether your political views lean more to the left or the right I think it’s time to ask ourselves (collectively): what do we want to stand for as a country, a people and as individuals? The world is waiting for our answer.