Manners, Safe Places, Racism & Doing the Right Thing


Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 7.18.19 PMThe other day I was doing a few inflammatory tweets.  I’m good at that.  I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of the PC culture.  I’m tired of safe circles, hugs, warm fuzzy feelings, and the inability of people to say what they think.  Do I think Donald Trump blew it?  Yes, I do.  I think he shot his mouth off, and was very stupid about it.  BUT…. and here’s the big caviat, I would rather someone shoot off their mouth, say what they think, no matter how cringe-worthy it is, than say nothing, and let people think they are someone they aren’t.  Trump said what he thought.  It’s very harsh and nasty.

I am not going to say I think it is racist, simply because the man said what he thought.  We don’t know what Hillary is thinking.  We don’t know what Bernie Sanders is thinking.  We know what Lindsey thinks because he says what he thinks.  Ted Cruz is being two-faced, so is Scott Walker.  We know Rand Paul thinks the same thing, but they don’t have the guts to come out and say it.  Instead, they cower behind a microphone, and say how bad it was.  We know the party line on immigration reform with these people.  With the exception of Lindsey and Jeb Bush, the average GOP POTUS hopeful is just as hard line as Trump, only he has the courage to say it.

Manners are a funny thing.  They are all about making people around you comfortable. They are about treating others the way you want to be treated.  In many ways they are the Golden Rule put into action.  It doesn’t matter who you are, how much you have or how important you are.  If you cannot treat people decently, you are not a nice person.  There’s a reason the Queen is one of the most popular people in the world.  She treats everyone equally, all deserving of respect.  She is gracious and kind.   The stories are both Presidents Bush and their families treat people kindly.  The rumors are that Hillary Clinton is a total bitch who treats people like dirt.

None of this really matters.  The important thing is political discourse in this country is falling apart – disintegrating.  It is now nasty, vindictive, and full of dripping hate.  We are now past the point of assigning blame.  There is enough to go around, many times.  Now, though, we need to stop being childish and start acting like grown-ups.  Someone needs to do it.

It doesn’t matter if you loath a political candidate.  That is your right.  I reserve the right to call Rand Paul and Ted Cruz stupid and idiots.  They are.  But, I’m not going to go any farther.  I don’t like Bernie Sanders, primarily because of his socialism.  But, he’s just a little to Yankee for this life-long Southerner.  I’m not going to denigrate him.  I’m not going to do that to anyone running for POTUS.  There’s a very simple reason.  I’ve realized trashing a politician makes me look bad.

The nastiness stops with me.