My reaction to Charlottesville

Meh.

I know, I know, I’m supposed to have a strong opinion about this, and shout it from the rooftops, and be very angry…

But I’m not.  I’m sad, because the fruits of their actions are already ripening, and it looks like something out of a war torn country, not a functioning republic.

But I’m not really engaged with it all.  Part of it is the inverse of the flyover country principle: all those people live on the coasts.  It doesn’t really have anything to do with me.

And part of it is the fact that there has been nothing but outrage seemingly forever now. Every move by our president, every action by any other politician, every misstep of every public figure, and the howls begin.  Even non-public figures regularly are targeted now.  And I may be next because of this post, or something I share on Facebook, or say to a trusted friend.

I’m tired of it all.

Now, when the screaming and the outrage begin, I refuse to pick a side.  I’ll wait, thank you, for all the information to come out, not what the gossip mill initially says.  And if CNN or Fox News, or any other major media outlet tells me how I should be feeling, I’ll wait twice as long.  In fact, the more they scream and yell in outrage, the less likely I am to believe what they say.  And if they stop talking about it within a day or two, I know that it has much bigger consequences then they want me to be aware of.

This country has survived much worse than what is happening right now. Check history, and see how violent the 1970’s were.  Find out how bad the Great Depression really was, and how government made it worse.  Discover how all the gains for black America won in the Civil War had been systemically rolled back by the 1920’s.  And not by one party or another, but by every freaking politician who wanted a vote in the South.  And sometimes the North as well.

And as far as what just happened? Yes, it may very well heat up an already volatile situation.  But I’d rather keep my powder dry, and wait.  The enemy will reveal himself in time, and I want to make sure I’m aiming in the right direction.

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