“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”
― Malcolm X
I bet when you saw the title to this post, you assumed I’d be writing about a certain politician currently in the news and, if you’re still reading, looking forward to a partisan roasting of him (or her).
Or the title, if it didn’t stop you from going any further for fear that I’d be attacking that same politician and you didn’t want to read it, you decided to read on just to to find something I say to justify your belief in my wrongheadedness.
You’d both be wrong because I’m writing about how I hate politics, at least the personal, public partisan expession of it.
I really dislike those who wrap themselves and their favorite party/candidate up patriotically in the American flag and – especially publically, unsolicitedly – proclaim their alligence with the unspoken challenge daring anyone to disagree with them and their party/candidate, and with the implication that they’re either a fool or an idiot if they do.
I can remember being taught that the discussion of politics was something to be done only among family and close friends in a private setting, or in clubs (for men) and (I don’t know where for the womenfolk), or within political party come-togethers. Personal public proclamations were considered crass and only the unwashed engaged in it – it was “socially unacceptable”. It was one of those things (religion and sex being the other two) polite folk didn’t discuss publically.
Then came the 1960’s and eveything became acceptable to be public (even religion and sex – but they are grist for another post, another time), as did questioning anyone’s patriotism if they they dare say they found your political choices unacceptable.
The reality is that there is rarely – if ever – one party or politician – that isn’t at least partially (if not mostly) wrong about some things.
And wrong is wrong, and it can’t be okay just because it’s your favorite party or candidate.
It is, in my opinion, inexcusable to overlook or attempt to explain away what is wrong about your own party/candidate choice when they are shamelessly wrong in something they do or say.
That applies to Democrats on Democrats, and Republicans on Republicans.
Loyalty should have its limits. And patriotism has nothing to do with it.
If you can’t see that, please keep your political opinions to yourself unless I ask for them.
Which I probably won’t.
And I’ll probably ignore you if we’re in a public setting and you start a rant.
Unless you really tick me off.