Today, I’ve read a couple of posts on Facebook from acquaintances of mine who are absolutely unhinged about the election results. I get it. I have been sorely disappointed by election results. But this nonsense about the country being brought down by hordes of stupid, lazy Americans who don’t love their country has to stop. (I’m looking at celebrities like Ted Nugent, Victoria Jackson, Donald Trump, but more sadly at high school friends who seem to be drinking from the same punch bowl.) Maybe you’re working hard, and maybe you’re not prospering, and maybe the country is not what you envision. But, you’re fooling yourself if you think it’s because half the country is a bunch of lazy, ungrateful, godless America-haters.
That’s why I’m thankful for social media that has brought me in touch with a number of friends, thinkers, lawmakers, etc. who favor very different policies than I do; but who I can see, day-to-day, love our country, love their families, and are very sincerely acting in good faith — even if I think they are misinformed about the underlying facts and/or wrong about the best way to reach solutions.
I’m sure I get carried away at times. And, certainly, the country has its share of bums and sociopaths. But that is far from the norm. I feel like when I start drifting off the rails, I’m pulled back by the basic humanity of the people with whom I disagree. They love their spouses. They want the best for their kids. They want America to be a good place. Even if I might think that their beliefs and policy preferences are making things worse for their wives, kids, and country; I’m almost always wrong if I believe they’re making their choices out of malice.