I’ve seen a lot of words used to lump a whole lot of folks into one category in America based upon their political views or cultural leanings.
A popular one with right-wingers is “lib-tard” to describe anyone who views are anywhere to the left of Ann Coulter — which would include everyone from Bernie Sanders to Jesus to Richard Nixon, none of whom are conservative enough in today’s America. (See chart below)
Folks on the left like to throw out words like fascist to describe today’s right-wingers who seem anti-immigrant, ultra-nationalist and OK with discrediting the media if it counters the propaganda their regime prefers, now even cheering physically attacking the media. And while a lot of fascist principles may apply — including giving so much power to corporations and adoration for a single leader — we haven’t quite followed in Hitler’s footsteps.
But there’s a new term that both sides — and those seven of us left in America’s middle — like to throw around: snowflake. It doesn’t sound so menacing. I mean, it takes an awful lot of snowflakes to cause a problem unless you’re an Atlantan trying to drive in an accumulation of more than two snowflakes.
Unfortunately, when you hear the term snowflake today, you don’t think of Frosty the Snowman, snowball fights or Bing Crosby singing holiday songs. You now equate the term snowflake with whiny people who melt when confronted with opposing viewpoints.
Folks on the right’s favorite target to call snowflakes are college students — or as their foes likely refer to them, “kollege stoodents.” They are convinced that if you walk onto a campus of 25,000 students, 24,998 of them are huddled in some safe room where they don’t have to hear conservative viewpoints, while the other two students are falsely accusing some poor drunken frat boy of assault. Continue reading
For the record, I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. I doubt I’ll ever be either one. I was a bit of an unofficial young Republican in my youth, swayed by the idealism of Ronald Reagan. Now, I’m an independent swayed by the idealism of Bernie Sanders. While I find myself against many items on the GOP agenda, I also find myself repulsed by the Democratic Party’s shenanigans throughout this primary season.
I’m not a #BernieOrBust guy, though. As much as I disdain Hillary Clinton’s pandering to anyone who can help her get elected, I’m more disgusted by Donald Trump’s pandering to America’s lowest-common-denominators of thinking. So, I’ll be voting for Hillary this fall, just not enthusiastically.
I do believe this is the end of the Republican Party as we know it. After Trump loses the general election, the establishment will either push out the right-wingers, or they’ll flee the right-wingers and let them have the Republican Party. Of course, it may run counter to their instincts, but forming a smaller, more moderate group of former Republicans in a new party would make them the ultimate power brokers in D.C. Nothing would get done without their support from the middle. Continue reading
I find it somewhat ironic that Hillary Clinton’s clinching of the Democratic nomination will likely be the result of dominance in states like South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and other Southern states that Republicans will easily win in November. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders does much better in states where the Democrats can actually contend in November.
In other words, Hillary has built her huge advantage with states that are irrelevant in the general election — not exactly what I’d want if I were the Democratic leadership. Then again, I’m not a Democrat or Republican and likely never will consider myself either one.
It’s weird to me that the two parties’ frontrunners are two candidates who appeal only to small portions of voters. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but not much in politics does.
I did cast my vote in the irrelevant Georgia primary for Bernie — I think that brings his total of Southern white male supporters to about 4. But there are still a lot of relevant states who’ve yet to cast their primary votes. To you folks who can still make a difference, check out comedian Sarah Silverman’s viral video. I wish they’d released this earlier.