Things We’ve Lost in the Fire

Our country is divided–this is fact. The tension between the right and left has never been so intense. The differences between our ideas have always been drastic, but the fire that’s been ignited since 2016 is nowhere near stamped out.

And I have no intention of arguing either side. It doesn’t matter. I can respect any political opinion a person might have, but there is a caveat with that: every opinion is okay as long as the result of that opinion is oppressive to the free will of someone else.

Let me explain. You can believe that there are two genders. Fine. You can believe that homosexuality is a sin. Also fine. Have at it, but outlawing rights that do not affect your life is unacceptable. The definition of a fascist regime is the expulsion of the freedom to live however a person sees fit, even if it does not cause harm to the rest of the community.

Trying to equate the expression of one’s identity with a political opinion that, that identity is unnatural or a sin is illogical. We are who we are. That is exactly the same as saying that someone who identifies with a certain religion can be quieted because another person finds that religion sinful or unacceptable.

This country was built on freedom of religion, expression, and identity. Stifling someone’s freedom to express any part of who they are goes directly against everything it stands for.

Believe what you want. Trying to force left or right ideas on others is wrong. You’re just not allowed to purposely attack people for being who they are.

It really isn’t that difficult to understand.

A New Democracy: One-Party Two-Party Three-Party Four

How many people are responsible for?
Donald J. Trump.
Because you fucked up, America.

People seem to be confused. DJT was not just voted in by racist ‘Murica-dwellers of the redneck variety. They are not just the Louisiana Purchase States inhabitants. No, he was tossed in by the following people: educated conservatives (yes democrats, they exist), liberals who hate Hillary, liberals who hate the Democratic party and undecided voters who were put down and ostracized by Hillary and her band of followers.

You can blame those of us who chose not to vote at all, but that’s your prerogative.

I am a liberal. I am not part of the Democratic Party, nor do I associate with them, nor do I back them, nor do I pledge allegiance to their flag–because their flag is not the star-spangled banner for My Country ‘Tis of Thee.

Except for Obama, and seriously, fuck me for that shit.

I wanted a black president, because apparently I’m suddenly a racist jerk and see color.

Regardless, the two-party system is what got us here, because our choices were so limited that people chose not to vote rather than to partake in an election that was controlled by powers higher than themselves. The general election may have been a fair fight, but the road to this result was not. It was a classic mandate for the voter to pick his or her own poison, eliminating the true definition of democracy and replacing it with a pseudo-democratic only near-freedom of choice.

Because it’s common belief that third parties don’t stand a chance, leading voters to shy away from even trying and succumbing to a system we fundamentally reject.

We need to stop pointing fingers and calling each other names simply because we think we’re in the right. Being aggressive is what ruins us. Refusing to listen is what creates silent enemies who hide in the voting booth.

And on my original point, I will say this, not being a democrat does not make a person anti-progressive, or anti-liberal or even neoliberal. Democrats have a whole slew of heinous crimes that violate civil rights that they have yet to admit to, and a fun-ton of people are not blind to them.

But that’s another story.

Because you see, being a liberal does not make you a democrat
And being a democrat does not make you a liberal.
In case anyone was confused.

“Democracy! Democracy!” yelled the group of the royal ass.
We instantly believe you.