I’ve tried not to watch any of it, but by chance I caught a bit of the Republican National Convention this evening, while trying to relax after work. As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this post, I am completely disgusted by the whole thing.
I try to stay away from the topic of politics here for the most part, but the tiny bit of the convention that I happened to see (Mitt Romney’s portion of the show) made my blood boil, and I simply have to say something about it.
During my brief viewing, Mr. Romney continued beating the desperate drum of nationalism and fanning the flames of division and hatred between countrymen. Over and over, he stated in so many ways that the Republican party is the party of patriotism and love for country, and that to be anything else is anti-American, supporting terrorism, ad nauseum.
I’m tired of this utterly stupid stance. It’s a pathetic attempt to appeal to your fears of the unknown, and it makes me sick that anyone in any political party would find need to wield this ridiculous argument against his fellow American.
We all want this country to be great. We all want this to be a good place for our children. We want the U.S. to be a prosperous country where anyone who’s willing to put in the work can make something for themselves. That is the “American Dream,” is it not?
To suggest that someone who strives for the same things as you, but by slightly different means, is completely against the U.S. and ideals that drive it is completely insane. I’m perfectly happy sharing this country with others who have all sorts of different ideas from mine – that’s what makes the world work, after all. Working together with people who don’t share the same thoughts as me helps me grow as a person, and helps us all accomplish many otherwise impossible goals. Anyone who has any sort of relationship with other people can recognize that compromise is the corner stone of progress, and yet instead of encouraging people to work together and help maintain unity during these trying times, the Republican party would rather see the nation’s citizens bicker amongst themselves.
Demonizing one party or the other for striving to make this country great in a different way than you accomplishes nothing but create divisions between neighbors, relatives, and friends. It makes people look upon others with fear, and it prevents people from enjoying life.
Neither party wants bad things to happen to this country. Neither party is helping terrorists. Neither party is any more patriotic or “American” (whatever that means) than the other.
Let’s stop this shit once and for all. Whether you’re liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between the two, I urge you to look past all this superficial patriotism garbage, and look at the real issues. The people who use this rhetoric are crooked liars, and you are a fool if you fall for it, no matter which party is pushing it at you.
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