For the record, I don’t support Obama or Romney, the Democrats or the Republicans, the Liberals or the Conservatives. I prefer to do my own thinking and make my own choices. I live in the gray land somewhere in between, where everything is neither black nor white, and there is room for compromise.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where way too many people don’t have the time for that. It’s much easier to believe whatever drivel shows up on Facebook or in your e-mail.
If you doubt me, all you have to do is look around you. Especially at election time. I cannot believe the insane crap people in both parties not only choose to believe, but insist on sharing with the rest of the world, or the extremes they will go to when anyone dares to say or do something they disagree with.
A perfect example is the recent uproar over the comments by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy concerning his opposition to gay marriage. There were protests, nasty comments all over the internet, and threats by the gay community to boycott the company’s restaurants. Why? If you disagree with a company’s policies or its spokesman’s stand on an issue, vote with your pocketbook and spend your money somewhere else. But never forget that everyone in this country does have the right to express an opinion, even if you disagree with it.
And now we have the case of Scott Van Nuzer, who owns Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce, Florida. Last Sunday Van Nuzer impulsively bear-hugged President Obama when he visited his shop. Almost immediately, nitwits were flooding online restaurant rating websites with negative reviews of the pizza shop, some coming from as far away as Arizona. Comments made it plain that the reviews had nothing to do with the quality of the food, but rather Van Nuzer’s enthusiastic support of the President.
Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Why trash a man’s business because his politics and yours are different? I’ve seen a lot of comments lately showing support for the courage and dedication of entrepreneurs after Obama’s statements about who built American businesses. But I guess that only counts if that small business owner shares your political viewpoint. Otherwise, let’s run the SOB out of town on a rail. Talk about hypocritical!
On one of the self-publishing internet forums I frequent, there were reports that Obama was stockpiling weapons in Tampa in advance of the Republican National Convention, and when he gave the order, his supporters (mostly black street thugs according to the comments) would rise up and attack the event, killing all of the Republican leadership. This is on the same order of nonsense that claims Obama is going to have United Nations troops occupy America as soon as he is re-elected.
I’d shake my head in amazement at how dumb this thinking is, if I had not heard the same story for as long as I can remember. And both sides are out to get us, so don’t think you can relax after the election. No matter who wins, according to somebody, we’re screwed.
Back in 1991, I owned a small town newspaper in Arizona, and former Special Forces Colonel Bo Gritz came to town to push his far right wing agenda. In an interview with Gritz, he assured me that the New World Order had amassed troops in the country, who were waiting for the order to take control of the government. In case you don’t keep track of who sits in the White House, Republican George H.W. Bush was President back then, and was supposedly in cahoots with the forces of evil.
Well, that didn’t happen, nor did it when Clinton occupied the White House, or George W. Bush, or now Obama. But there are still a lot of wackos who just know every empty warehouse in America is full of troops and tanks still waiting on those orders.
Comedian George Carlin said it best: "Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that."
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