Day 21 – Mutual Exclusivity

Narrative

My cover band had a show last night.  Nothing new, it is a regular occurrence.  However, it is the first Friday show we had since I started this blog.  What did I learn, you ask?  I learned that compiling a blog post while prepping for and attending a Friday night show is not going to happen.  The activities are mutually exclusive.

Our current political climate is essentially the same.  Calling people “deplorable” is not exactly going to endear them to your cause.  Neither is mocking them incessantly, either through speeches or tweets.  The media is complicit; when journalists frame every interview question and article to fit an agenda, rather than to report news, people can see through it.  Really, it’s not all that difficult.  When political leaders attempt to, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it” (Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky), you are not going to get people to compromise to make for a better America.  Rather, you are simply going to grow the divide until it becomes a chasm.  There is something to be said for not acting like the smartest person in the room, and for respectfully listening to others’ points of view.  Hubris kills.


For this post, I decided not to post to any media articles.  Not that the news is lacking.  Immigration, Obamacare, and tax reform are all in the news, as they should be.   Add to this whether justices are overstepping their bounds, or whether President Trump’s temporary travel ban Executive Order was Constitutionally appropriate.  I think a greater concern can be summed as the total disregard for the law.

My social media feeds and news sources now regularly have posts about people FB livestreaming their crimes. Is this supposed to be a badge of honor?  I hope not.  I will say, however, in the age of sanctuary cities, immigration laws on the books not being enforced, “protests” that are really nothing more than funded riots, and a culture that lives by disruption, flouting our disregard for laws shows how far our country has fallen.  The rule of law needs to be respected.  Right now, it is not.

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