I am blessed with a friend who enjoys my writing and quotes me more than most on social media. After writing a column for over 40 years I suppose it’s not that unusual. He’s been with me since the early days and we argued a lot. Over time my politics; like a gentle slide on ice skates, have slowly glided more his way; though it had little to do with anything he said to me.
I posted a meme he had made that referred to the nastiness of the campaign this year. He used a picture of both Hillary and Donald and my quote. Under it another friend posted the comment, “Get over it, Ken. Hillary has.”
Of course I pointed out to him the meme feature pictures of both of them and it was meant as an overall comment about the nastiness of campaigns, not some piss-off-ed-ness over the election. Then I also pointed out I don’t let Hillary decide how I feel and that I don’t take orders from him, nor should he take orders from me.
But, since he brought up the topic, let’s examine it fairly, OK?
Well, after the right “got over it” when Barack won: twice, obviously the left should…
Except that load of droppings would make a guano drenched pool qualify as great brewing water. I can’t count the number of “not MY president” comments on social media and in public. Then you have the Caucus Room conspiracy, the birther BS, “put the white back in the White House” and monkey-based insults.
So did the right get over it?
No way in hell.
One side shouldn’t have to play nice while another doesn’t. That’s no way to run anything even remotely resembling a free society. Methinks this demand: no matter what side tries to insist on it, may be one of the reasons God gave us middle fingers. Or, to quote “saint” Reagan, “No unilateral disarmament.
One could claim this started under W., but that would be wrong. I remember “not my president” comments going back to Kennedy. I do think the nastiness, the unwillingness to work with others, or accept the results of an election, has gotten worse. And in an election where the popular vote is superseded by the College it would be unrealistic to expect no blowback, no matter which side lost. Indeed there was one presidential election where the House decided because even the College couldn’t settle the election.
Boy, I’ll bet the losing side raised hell after that one. Totally expected.
In fact, if things were “fair” I would think the left would be just as active, try to block just as much, do as much birther-like crap, as the right did.
But it won’t. Why? Because too many Dem leaders are stubborn, stupid and cowards.
Let’s examine it another way. If Democrats convinced enough electors to switch would the right just “get over it?” Should “just get over it?”
Nor would I expect them to.
So spare me the mini lectures about playing nice, getting over it, because they’re pure croc puke no matter which side pushes them. And my guess is those who try to sell that bile know it.
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