Stepping On Toes

More and more I hear people say, “I’m just not going to talk about politics anymore, too many feelings get hurt.”  And sure, a lot of times it’s easier just to grin and bear whatever piece of political lunacy comes your way, because, let’s face it, in some cases you’re engaging in a futile struggle if you try to engage them.  It’s not fighting an unarmed opponent, it’s fighting an opponent who’s convinced they’ve already won and doesn’t feel the need to arm themselves.  Well, except that some of them are arming themselves.

So we roll our eyes and swallow whatever well-reasoned argument we may have come up with, and save ourselves the headache.

I’m sorry, but now is not the time to be polite.

In Arizona, they just passed a law that allows police to walk up to
anyone they want and demand proof that they’re a citizen.

Now is not the time to be polite.

Someone carries this sign, essentially saying they’ll shoot someone to stop the passage of a bill that wants to commit the unspeakable crime of making it easier for people not to die from being sick.

Now is not the time to be polite.

Those same protesters tell a man with Parkinson’s that there’s no free ride over here when he dares to say he has trouble getting by.

Oh no, now is not the time to be polite.

It’s not the time to worry about offending anyone, because these people sure aren’t worried about it.  And if we just stand back and let some misjudged sense of propriety keep us from speaking out, we deserve whatever it is these jokers manage to do to us.  And maybe it’ll give me an ulcer, and maybe it’ll shoot my blood pressure up to the point where my head explodes, but I’m not about to stand idly by and let some of this junk be said unopposed.

I’m in no way advocating violence.  I’m advocating disagreement.  I’m advocating argument.  I’m advocating not letting words or actions you don’t believe in go unchallenged.  Because while you might buy yourself some peace by just letting it go, every outlandish thing that’s said without a response only emboldens more outlandish things to be said.

The founding fathers that have been so ruthlessly appropriated by the Tea Party crowd spoke out not under penalty of bruising some egos, but of being executed for treason.  I think we can afford to step on a few toes.


3 Responses to Stepping On Toes

  1. jenryannyc says:

    Speak out, brother!Nice one. Well said. Sharing!

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