Letter to my “Social Network” debating friends…..

by Boohunney
Dear Social Network friends,

30 years have past and the Right has been dominate in our political structure. These trickle down policies and alleged free market policies have placed the country in the worst state since the Great Depression. I have seen ketchup become a vegetable. I have seen the Geneva Convention ignored. I have watched our local police departments become militarized. Now, I am seeing from the Right workers demonized. Vocations that were once honorable and considered public service like firefighters, teachers and gubmit employees being treated like money hungry ingrates. I’ve heard “achievers” whine because an economic downturn was not supposed to have effect on them. (Boo buckskin’ hoo.) Oh, I guess the free market is for what some may describe as the losers…..

Of course, I was born and raised in this area steeped in Right wing rhetoric. Yes, I KNOW Lester Maddox and J.B. Stoner were Dixiecrats, were on the old South Democrat ticket. That’s not why I am a liberal. Quit trying to rewrite history for me. I am NOT THAT STUPID. Somehow, even being immersed in the South, the crazy can’t take me. Might be I wasn’t “raised right” or something silly like that. I guess I just couldn’t get into Nixon, either. Maybe, I was indoctrinated by watching the evening news when I was young. You know, liberal media.

Most of us that spar on “Social Media” together, with exception of the few young ones and our experienced elders that chime in, are of middle age. I remember some of us being young participants of the College Republicans or Young Democrats. Some of us didn’t even go to school at the same time and went out and just got it all, from zero, with no help, raised by wolves or no family or support. Whatever. But, for the most part, all of us that participate in what I call “Master Debaters” theater here are individually good people. I don’t know some of y’all face to face, you are virtual friends. Some of you, I’ll stay in touch and talk about other things like our families and our hobbies.

Now, we have come into discussing “red meat” politics. Women’s health care, really? Why are we revisiting this? Voting rights? Why are we revisiting this? Gas prices? It seems that some folks think we have all the natural resources for energy, meaning oil, here in the US and drilling will make $2.50 gas. Some are proposing gas price controls. If you want cheap gas we will have to nationalize it. Cheap gas days are OVER. Dry your tears and get a more efficient car. That’s the free market. Even if we drilled EVERY SINGLE resource of petro, we’d be out soon. This country cannot drill itself out of dependency. We have had 30 plus years to work this one out.

The young adults of the Reagan years that we were are now the elders and have FAILED miserably in leading this country. Look what the predominate “conservative think” of the past 30 years has given us. A generation fed on the innovation, sacrifice and dedication of our elders, the true go getters, that gave us all the pop culture we can eat. And all kinds of other problems.

For me, conversation with the conservative base has become futile. I cannot believe some of you Ladies on the conservative side didn’t plan your families with health care insurance. Puleeeze! You were all virgins when you married, I am sure. (My apologies to those who actually saved it for marriage. If that’s what you believe there is nothing wrong with that. My own mother did.) I can throw a rock in the county north of me (a conservative hot bed) and hit a woman that is conservative and has used birth control, happily. They LOVE sex up there and WHY not? And all you guys, Viagra is a recreational sex medication. Use it! What the hell is wrong with SEX??? These conversations are so STUPID.

We have people out of work. We have people that are out of work that are skilled and experienced, there are no positions open for them. We have a financial and business structure designed to keep most middle class people in perpetual debt. We have a health care system that can easily bankrupt a middle class family with one health episode and the efforts to reform are met with the most insane challenges. We have people that can’t go to the doctor or even afford primary care. We have a compromised food and water supply. We have kids that can’t pass the Presidential Fitness Test. Or do we even DO that anymore? We have kids that have no critical thinking skills, but, only study for the CRCT. But, no one on the Right offers a real alternative. Fer Gawds sake, Nixon was for Universal Health Care. Geesh.

Anyway, we seem to just recycle the same old same old.

So, after about a year of all this, I am moving on. It was my choice to get into this fray. I have learned a lot from it. And, yes, a few of my notions have been dispelled. Maybe, I am trying to think of an example. I have been threatened by some people with a lynching, called an idiot, called a “stupid piece of shit,” a libtard, a communist, a fascist, a socialist, a bolshevik, a lover of Lenin, a feminist (!) and had many assumptions made about my character that are “right out of the conservative handbook.” Oh, I was called anti Semitic by someone. My friends I grew up with in Atlanta and many of my current friends may disagree. Whatever.

But, Buddha is calling me in a different direction.

I’ll keep in touch. But, I doubt I’ll get into this Social Media fray much anymore….

Futility is just not my thing.

But, bowling? Let get it on!

Regards, Boohunney

 

4 thoughts on “Letter to my “Social Network” debating friends…..

  1. “Buddha is calling me” and “futility is just not my thing.” So you’re going to become a begger and wonder the countryside? You know dear Boohunney, suffering is a big part of Buddha’s plan for us. Isn’t the futility of a thing kind of like an act of suffering? Maybe even a daily act similar to praying or chanting? So wouldn’t that qualify as taking an important step along the path to enlightenment? Anyway be careful on your journey and keep in mind that even a teacher as great as Buddha was made enemies. Several of his close associates tried to assassinate him over the years. Before you make your final decision to leave us, please remember that many of us here will miss your presence.

  2. Do not despair grasshopper, those are the sounds of a mortally wounded beast. The utter shrillness of their voices is proof to me that the big ‘ol pendulum is on a downward slope picking up steam. I think our “friends” on the right know this but their lizard brains know only how to attack. the fact that their obnoxiousness is already at “11” is a harbinger of things to come.

    But it take more than one cycle to repair the damage that 40 years of reThug political hegemony ha wrought on this nation. as a member of the lost generation that Ronald Reagan so blithely threw away as a sacrifice to the greedheads, I am astounded at the level of stupidity and pettiness of people my own age. Buddha help us indeed.

  3. I learned long ago that the only way to deal with crazy people is to just smile and nod. The more you react to them, the longer they talk.

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