I know it’s been a while since I last posted. Largely, I consider my tiny corner of the world pretty insignificant. And I often think that much of what I say gets largely ignored anyway…just more internet detritus out there…the continued inane ramblings of yet another internet junky with an opinion that really doesn’t amount to much. But such times as I do write, it’s as much for me as it is for anyone else. But I like to think I’m not the ONLY one in the world still sane enough to look objectively at things, has a general moral compass, and can apply a reasonable amount of common sense. Then again, looking around at everything going on today, maybe we few are a small and dying breed that believe that our political and social leaders should be a model to us rather than a continuing example of duplicity and immorality.
I’m not saying I’m perfect – far from it. But given the moral high ground that each side seems to take and then it gets shown that neither side has the standing to be able to do so, I become irritated with both parties, but particularly with the Republican party as they base their entire mantra on being the party of strong family morals. Don’t get me wrong, hypocrisy in any form is annoying to me. But given my political affiliation, which may be short lived at this point, I expect more of those who say they share my values or like to say that I share theirs. It makes those of us who actually believe in the tenants that we put forward look bad when cast in the generalized light of those who say one thing and do another.
I’ve had my issues with Judge Moore since before this whole business of his pursuit of young women came out. I suppose that’s more of the Libertarian in me. I used to believe that the two parties weren’t that far removed from one another, and perhaps their not, at least not in the timber of their message. But the more I look around at those who present themselves as social and political leaders, the more disgusted I become with the holier than thou attitude that they push while all the while acting like they are so omnipotent that they can act in any fashion they choose.
I’m as disgusted with the Republican leadership that presents itself as the example of “family values” and yet acts as heinously as they do as I am with the liberals both in politics in the social circles that would use their voice to tell everyone ELSE how to live while they live by a different standard of their own. And apparently, this has been going on for a very…long…time.
Have I been so blind? Am I honestly that naive as to have never have seen it? Or has it just never crossed my mind that perhaps those that say something don’t actually mean it? To me, my word is my promise. I act in accordance with my beliefs, which I will admit are fluid in nature, but I remain consistent to my core beliefs that say that we should be able to live and let live, that so long as the pursuit of happiness by one doesn’t directly interfere with that of another, than why would we need to have movements and organizations and rallies and protests to try to make someone else act in accordance with how WE expect them to act?
I guess to that end, that’s part of my problem with both sides of these things. It’s no longer about how we expect to present ourselves in how WE act. It’s how THEY expect US to act in accordance with THEIR ideals and beliefs…and all the while, it appears that they don’t believe that way themselves because they sure don’t ACT like it. And as I said, a special amount of ire is reserved for “my own party” because I expect more of those who either I claim to have something in common with or, conversely, they claim to have in common with me.
Perhaps we would ALL do well to ask ourselves the next time we take up a cause, are we doing this for others? Or are we doing this for ourselves? Are we doing this to try to shape the world around us such that others are forced to live as we believe they should? And beyond that, are we even acting in accordance with the ideals we are trying to make others adhere to? Because if we aren’t – if THEY aren’t – then perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at who we put forward as leaders, who we consider to be social and political icons and representatives of “good moral virtue”. So far as I have seen, there seems to be little moral virtue among those, of either particular political or social leaning, that we consider to be icons among those communities.