Politics makes otherwise decent people take leave of their senses. Nowhere is this truer than during the horserace leading up to presidential elections. Discussions of religious matters comes in a distant second, I think.
I was reading something in the blogosphere and the writer mentioned that “Irrationality is the foundation of our national politics, fueled by subjective preferences.” I would agree.
What other explanation is there for the constant haranguing of the other side on Facebook? “My candidate is better than your candidate,” and vice versa. Liberals malign conservatives, and conservatives bash liberals. Back and forth it goes. There is a certain smugness that accompanies one’s choice, also.
I always laugh when I hear about “undecided voters.” As if people actually form their opinions of candidates after carefully researching them.
Foolishly, I posted something on social media last week and had it thrown back in my face. I dared to post what I thought was a well-written analysis of the horserace, one that didn’t follow the typical paint-by-numbers blather of the driveby media. Silly me—I was appealing to reason and rationality, not pandering to ignorance. The person that took issue with it admitted that he didn’t read the entire piece. His mind’s already made up for his candidate, Hillary Clinton. But I’m the stupid one.
I was reminded by a friend that the Bible teaches us not to cast our pearls before swine.
Of course, anytime you write down your thoughts or offer an opinion, unless you tuck the manuscript in a drawer, there is the risk of offending someone.
We still have eight more months of this to weather, too. Then, the madness will mercifully end.