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.

Pretentious Perpetuation of Problems Per Pop Culture

Before we begin, I would like to say that I am not writing this to promote or demote pop culture. How I feel about the dazed masses who revel in elements of entertainment and fashion solely due to their popularity is not the issue at hand, particularly since pop music is obviously solving deep-rooted social issues in America.

Remember when there were xenophobic ‘Muricans who hated Spanish? I guess ‘Despacito’ was the key to solving ethnicity-based hate and bigotry. Good on you, Justin. Who knew a reverse-oreo Ryan Seacrest would be the cure for racism?

Any-word, the real problem is the the bigotry of those who color themselves liberal and tolerant. It may be the latest fashion, but calling yourself a liberal does not actually make you a liberal.

Being a liberal isn’t just about equal rights. It isn’t just about wanting people to be allowed to love who they want. It isn’t just about believing people can practice whatever religion they want. It’s isn’t just about politics. It’s about not lording your likes and dislikes over people who happen to be hanging out on a different cumulus than you are.

And I know this might be a stretch folks, but hear me out.

You cannot call yourself a liberal if you talk about how stupid people who don’t like popular culture are; i.e Game of Thrones, Justin Beiber, Tay Tay, pop-rap stars. You cannot call yourself a liberal if you are telling people they don’t like something because they “haven’t given it a real chance.” You cannot call yourself a liberal if you’re calling people “pretentious hipsters” for not being part of your fandom.

And what’s worse, we as a society have become so undeniably brain-washed that we change how we feel about things as soon as the pop culture icons we idolize voice an opposing opinion.

For example, a great number of people hate country music, but if Taylor Swift somehow stumbles back over her own roots, what is the likelihood that they will stand by their attitude on a scale of Impossible to Absolutely Not? Country music lovers will no longer be dubbed hillbillies, Thomas Rhett will be the sexiest man on earth, and Folk music will be the new dead horse.

Sure, it is about keeping this lovely US of A the land of the free and the home of the brave, but our culture has dictated that we cannot be free if we are not brave, and alienating each other because we fundamentally disagree on things that dont really matter is exactly what is tearing us apart.

This country isn’t in need of a Mexican standoff. It is big enough for the both of us. No one on either side should be preaching to the other to get them to change their minds.

If you’re going to do it, you might as well start a-knock knockin’ on people’s doors with pamphlets and scripted conversation starters. It’s the same thing; We just don’t like going outside, anymore.

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.