06 February 2017

State of the Nation

“The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously.” ~ Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot
Politically, I am neither right nor left.  I do not even like the idea that government is so heavily involved in our day to day lives.  I believe that every person should be personally responsible for their own life - be self governing.  

I do not believe that the government should be able to tell me what choices I have to make about my own life, such as whether I should or should not be allowed to have an abortion, or whether I am allowed to purchase guns.  The less involvement of the government, I believe, the better.

Am I happy that Trump is the President of the United States?  Absolutely not.  Am I going to riot in the streets, wreck and damage buildings, or have a meltdown because he is the president?  Absolutely not.

And it is not that I am apathetic either.  It's just that I do not want that to be the focus of my relationships with people.  I had to distance myself from "friends" on Facebook because there was too much rhetoric coming from both sides.  My "left" friends fighting with my "right" friends - there was even one entry where I posted a picture of Melania Trump and I had commented about how classy she looked during the Inauguration and a debate ensued between the two sides of my friends.  I have been categorized and de-friended on Facebook -- all because of politics.  

It's an ugly, ugly world out there, and I don't want to be a part of it.  I want to read about the lives of my friends.  I want to see their family pictures and hear about their day.  I don't want political news posted and re-posted.  That is not why I signed up for Facebook, and I certainly don't want to see your profile picture changed to the Obamas or the Trumps.  I want to see you, not them.  

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