Because we live in a time where the craziest among us increasingly decide the course of the country for the rest of us. And that is unacceptable. Why should we be held hostage and intimidated by lunatics? The answer is that we shouldn’t. Of course, it’s only natural that the craziest are heard more because they are, well…. crazy, so like crazy people normally do, they shout more loudly than the rest of us, but they have been shouting long enough. Now it’s time for the rest of us to get loud and fight back in the name of reason.
Both sides of the political aisle need to get their anger and their most angry commentary under control, lest their good ideas are drowned out by their own noise. Think of it this way: imagine you come to a parking lot in a shopping center and you hear someone raising awareness for skin cancer, but profanely screaming:
Put sunblock on, you morons!! You wanna die, you sunburnt fools!!? That’s what’s going to happen if you don’t put your god—- sunblock on, you stupid traitors to good skincare!
And even worse, imagine if their solution to skin cancer prevention was to point at a suspicious -looking mole and chant: Cut the damn mole out! Cut the damn mole out! while waving a machete in the air? Suffice to say you would have completely forgotten their sage and very good advice to protect yourself from the sun. In fact, you might even not take them seriously, much to your detriment.
Well, that’s the kind of political dialogue we have in this country. It is either hiding good ideas because it is screamed at us so offensively, or the ideas are pure lunacy and are still being screamed at us offensively. (There is a third dialogue in this country: the quiet and deceivingly stable discourse of the incompetent, self-serving establishment; the very reason we are angry in the first place.)
It is too bad because there are ideas on both sides of the aisle that are well worth hearing, but they never get heard because whether it’s the Right screaming about the Mexican rapist of the day and the Muslim boogeyman living under their bed, or the Left arrogantly lecturing us about privilege from a $40,000 a year school while putting playdough in their ears to relieve the stress of hearing an opinion that is different from theirs, the rest of us, normal people, just walk away. No wonder so few people vote.
It isn’t that there aren’t issues to be angry about. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and many of their supporters are absolutely correct that Washington DC and its interests are often not our interests. In short, it really is a swamp that needs to be drained, but going forward, it will be particularly important for both sides of the aisles to debate issues more rationally if they actually want to 1) succeed in draining the swamp and 2) replace it with nice clear water instead of a putrid, dried out hole. Our two options cannot be, “swamp or crazy.”
We are living in a moment in time in America where we have every right to be angry, but we owe it to ourselves to turn that anger into positive action, not a downward spiral into the hands of the craziest and most hateful among us. Time to drop the gloves and fight back for reason!