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That .001 Percent of the U.S. Population Continues to Roll On
Has anyone else completely blocked most sources on social media at this point?
It will never cease to amaze me how dumb people want you to think you are. Every day, we are blasted with rhetorical nonsense from both sides of the political spectrum and expected to believe that the vast majority of each political party thinks that way.
I have good friends that are Republican. I have good friends that are liberal. And of course, I know folks like myself who are moderate -- capable of venturing off the political high-wire at any point in time and landing on either side depending on the topic.
When I see a video of women protesting, draped in giant plastic lady parts (or wearing nothing at all), I don’t automatically associate them with all the liberals I know.
I don’t believe for a moment that the recent immigration headlines are as simple as children being ripped from their parent’s arms and being kept in inhumane detention center conditions. That’s a whole lot more to it than that.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see, maybe just once in a while, a civilized debate on those issues that mean the most to us? Even if they were brief, and were carried out by news network employees (not our elected representatives -- they seem too preoccupied with making their points the loudest), wouldn’t this be a refreshing change from the constant onslaught of media garbage?
There are always two sides to every story. And yes, many of the stories are fabricated for effect.
My mother always used to say that the most potent lies were the ones told with just a hint of truth to them. These days, the art of storytelling, while incorporating bits of truth here and there, has been mastered by both sides.
But all anyone with any common sense has to do is remember – these are very small percentages of our population who are unable to reason in any way. Making them the poster children of their respective political parties is not only foolish – it’s also dangerous.
I’ve said this before – social media has granted the most unreasonable of our country’s population a mega-phone way bigger than they deserve. Or should be allowed to have.
What if there were severe penalties enforced for the spreading of false information? Would this be too extreme for our country’s values as a republic? Would our standards be compromised? No one wants us to remotely resemble one of those countries whose punishments are so severe as to be considered cruel and unusual.
But where do we draw the line?
Perhaps one day, when the spread of a piece of false information causes a riot so big and deadly that it sends shockwaves through all parties from coast to coast, we will figure out how to keep this small hateful percentage of our population from causing large-percentage harm nationwide.