Well, one of my New Year’s resolutions (besides flossing more often) was not to argue politics as much. We’ll see how long that one lasts. I have a feeling it will go the way of that other resolution to spend a half hour on my elliptical every day. Obviously, when I break my resolution (when, not if) I will do it here.
Still, I’ve bought myself several nice boxes of art supplies and am going to attempt to make this year more about creativity and less about debating. And it’s not just because it will keep my blood pressure low and help me live longer. It’s because the political debates I’m seeing out there are scaring me. The discussion has gotten more polarized since the election, not less. I would have thought the election results would have settled some things (“hey, maybe the people of this country don’t despise that Obama guy”) but the fight to prove that he is somehow illegitimate and wrong has only intensified. There is genuine hatred in the conversations. It really sounds like people are about to start shooting each other, or start shipping off those they disagree with to labor camps.
And like many mild-mannered individuals have done throughout history, this makes me want to drop out and tune out of the politics thing completely. In fact, it makes me want to curl up and hide somewhere. I thought I was tougher than this, but it doesn’t feel so great when you are classified as the evil Other to be eliminated. (It also makes me think my boyfriend was right when he said the Interwebs are full of right-wing crazies who might be out to get me.)
So, it’s off to draw some cute woodland creatures holding hands and singing, for the sake of my own sanity. I know perfectly well that I can’t resist a good fight–as long as it remains verbal–so I’m sure I’ll be back. But what is happening to the political scene right now…it’s not good, it’s just not good. I have a very bad feeling about all this.