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Let The Talking Heads Roll

Chris

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No, not them.  

Let me ask you a question, America.

Say you and your friend are discussing sports. You’re a Bills fan, and your friend is a Dolphins fan. You’ve long disagreed over who was the best team. Time and again you’ve discussed this, and are equally entrenched in your position that your team is the best team. You insist that your team’s quarterback is the best, while your friend insists that no, it’s their teams. Neither of you will bend, and these discussions even get heated from time to time.

Would you sever ties with your friend over such a disagreement? Of course not, right? Because at the end of the day, it’s really not that influential on your life. And if is, I’d argue your friend isn’t the problem.

I ask this because recently a television news talking head, let’s call him “Ron Lime,” announced that he had done exactly that with friends of his that were supporters of Donald Trump.

Now, I’m not here to argue politics, so we won’t go down that road. What I will say is it matters little who his friends supported or “Mr. Citrus” does, what matters is that a person would care so little for the people in their life that they would do something like that.

“I had to get rid of them, they’re too far gone,” “Citrus” said. “And they have to want to get help, they have to want to know the truth, they have to want to live in reality, they have to want to be responsible not only for other people’s lives but for their lives.”

I guess Ron’s proud of himself for doing this, but me, I think it’s not only pathetic, it speaks to his character. Or lack thereof. But that's how the talking heads roll I guess. 

Perhaps they weren’t really friends to begin with, at least that’s what I think. Because I know I have friends who I disagree with on a wide variety of issues and I can’t imagine being so fragile in my own beliefs, so thin skinned, as to say to them, “Begone from my life, ye peasants who believe not in that which I do.” You’ve got to be kidding me!

That doesn’t mean I have to like their beliefs. Hell, I don’t even have to respect their beliefs. Comedian Patton Oswalt said it best when he said, “You’ve gotta respect everyone’s beliefs." No, you don’t. That’s what gets us in trouble. Look, you have to acknowledge everyone’s beliefs, and then you have to reserve the right to go: ‘That is fucking stupid. Are you kidding me?’ I acknowledge that you believe that, that’s great, but I’m not going to respect it.”

But, I can also acknowledge that despite whatever my friend thinks,  I can still maintain a healthy relationship with that person, for the most part. There’s exceptions of course. If someone wants to act like a raging asshole over what was supposed to be a nice dinner, then I might consider putting them on ice a while. But generally speaking, I can be an adult and respond on a scale of "bovine stare" to, “Have you fallen and hit your head recently?”

That people would sever ties with someone over a difference of opinions or who someone voted for is idiotic. To announce it to the world like it’s something to be proud of is taking it to a level i can’t begin to understand.

Look, we only get so many days on this side of the dirt. Ask yourself, does much of what goes on inside The Beltway really have a drastic impact your life on a day to day basis?

I can't say it does on mine. For the most part I get up, go to work ( well, in a normal year ) come home, and otherwise live my life the same today as I did six years ago. And you know what? It'll probably be the same six years from now. 

Stop letting the talking heads fill you with fear, anger and more to the point, affecting how you perceive the people in your life. They're not worth it. Hell, none of it is. 

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This was the very topic that came to my mind when all the calls for "unity" were being repeated by (some of the same talking heads) in the past week. 

I have seen/heard pundits on both sides equate the opposing politician as an "existential threat" to the lives and livelihoods of the other side's supporters.

Then they use that as a premise to argue that anyone who opposes their side is, by definition, actively and deliberately working to destroy them. 

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I don’t believe the talking heads have any idea of what unity truly means.  For them unity = power and control.  

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