I've got to be honest. This political season has been taking a great personal toll on me. Frankly, I'm not sure that the effort to add my voice to the mix has been fruitful. It seems to just add more arguments and more lost friendships. I don’t like Trump, so friend X, Y and Z blast my facebook page with negativity, and name calling. I try to provide them with the facts and figures, they don’t listen. Eventually, I end up having to remove them because they get so bad, and then I get accused of being a “bully.” No, a bully won’t leave people alone. That's why I have no choice but to block, and unfriend some of the people calling me a "bully," because they won't leave me alone. And now I am torn because on the one hand, I want to be seen as a promoter of the Constitution, but I also want to be left alone. In fact, my right to be left alone is exactly why I got into politics. Too many hands regulating my life, and dipping into my wallet, then lecturing me about stuff I don't care about. (I'm looking at you Obama!)
The radio show project is turning out to be a complete waste of time. That is my fault. I don’t know what makes a successful radio show or broadcast. I’m not sure I will continue it after this week. Oddly, I am doing really well on Twitter, where I get more and more followers every day. But all I do there is forward other news stories. When people reply to them, I don’t reply back. It seems like the less I interact with people, the better off I am.
America used to be a place where people were encouraged to speak. Now, that speech is discouraged. Trump, and Sanders both encourage their followers to shout down dissent, and then both groups are far enough to the left that when refuted with fact, they just play victim. I’m tired of it. I am so sick of this election cycle.
It’s not like anyone wants to talk about God, or the founders anyway. Those that do, in the more popular media, like Glenn Beck, get ridiculed by Matt Drudge and Trumpbart.com. There’s just an overwhelming sense that no one is actually listening, or considering facts, figures, data. They just want the gossip, the scandal. And then I try to make a joke about an Emergency Warning Trump is Winning system, and that seems to have already killed my already struggling radio show. I’m seriously at a point where I am like, “why am I even bothering?” Trump will be the nominee, he will go against Hillary, the Republican Party will literally get destroyed in the election, and we will not be able to rebuild it because the Whig wing of the party doesn’t want to work with the Conservative Wing of the Party, and the Libertarians (who are so committed to freedom they are backing Socialist Bernie Sanders) (That was sarcasm by the way) won’t want to work with us… So how do we rebuild? What can I do to help rebuild?
The longer this goes on the more I am thoroughly convinced there is not one damned thing I can do to help turn the situation around. So is it even worth the effort? I have a massive back catalog of video games I haven’t been able to get to yet. Maybe I’d just be better off doing that until the government takes that away too… I’m just not sure that speaking out is worth the price we have to pay for it anymore.
I think, for now, I'm going to minimize my interactions. I'll just post what I have to say, and if there are comments I see that I like, I will like them, and if not, I'll ignore them. I can't handle the contention anymore. I'm physically, and emotionally exhausted from all of this. It seems like we have two parties that are determined to commit suicide and take the country with them, and there's nothing I can do about it. So why bother?
Long story short, while I was happy to see my friend list growing for the first time in a long time, I am not holding you hostage. If you don't like what I have to say about fascist Donald Trump, and Slaver Bernie Sanders, I'm not stopping you from hitting that Unfollow, block, or unfriend button. I'm not forcing you to read my blog, or watch my videos. If you are so desperate to shield yourself from ideas that counter your own beliefs, by all means, do it. I don't have time or desire to argue with you anyway.
If you like what I have to say, or would like to provide constructive criticism, or even civil arguments, by all means, let's do that. But I'm no longer responding to negative posts, or name calling. Those people believe what they believe and they are not worth engaging. I'm calling this the Beck Rule, based on something Glenn Beck has decided. To make your case, and if people won't be persuaded, move on. This is a critical rule for me to follow, because I do not respond well to name calling as it is, and responding once I am upset just isn't going to change any minds. So I am going to do what I am going to do, say what I am going to say, and then move on. And if you don't want to see what I have to say, by all means, un-follow, block, or unfriend. Don't sick cartoon dog stamps that look like they're going to bite my face off after me, don't start calling me names, don't threaten me.
Man I just want this election to be over... I don’t know. How about the rest of you Constitutional Tea Party types? How are you feeling this election cycle?