It’s a tense time. I think that is fairly self-evident. In all honesty, things have been tense within the country and really the world for a long time but it probably just seems more so every now and then with now being one of those.
I was thinking there has to be a way to get people on the same, or at least, an even page with each other. To that point I feel like Will Ferrell in those old SNL House of Commons sketches where he starts out his ridiculous lines with “Can we all agree…?”
So here goes:
Can we all agree that..
-Police have a difficult job?
-Difficult does not excuse incompetence, prejudice or an unwillingness to hold those who abuse their power accountable?
-Not every situation where an officer or officers interact with someone is automatically suspect and most of them are doing their best?
-There are some systematic things that still harm minorities in this country?
-The average person probably wouldn’t want anyone being at a disadvantage because of their race/religion/gender etc.. and that most of those issues are bigger than any one person you might meet?
-Neither the DNC or GOP are offering great options for POTUS this election?
-The system is really problematic and that primaries are the biggest way this can be helped or made worse in the future?
-That uninformed people voting may not be the best thing?
-That misinformed people voting is not any better?
-That people blinded by bias/hatred is worse?
-That it’s very difficult to have honest, reasonable, discussions in the public sphere about race, religion, sexuality?
-That part of the difficulty is that the media we entrust to facilitate are too often biased one way or the other?
-That they are that way because the market tells them there’s a big enough audience who wants that (see FoxNews and MSNBC)?
-That some people who disagree with you aren’t evil?
-That some people who agree with you might be?
-That its possible to have an opinion on matters regarding sexuality, race, immigration, war, economics, culture and not hate a single person?
-That sadly some people do hate others and that does inform their opinion?
-That we shouldn’t assume hatred by someone simply based on a conclusion they might have?
-That many of our systems, institutions work and that is why so many want to live in this country and why America has been so prosperous?
-That at the same time, there are institutions, systems and people in power who have failed us and need to be fixed?
-That it is possible to want to secure our borders and at the same time care and respect the dignity of people wanting to come to this country?
-That the best rule of thumb for being Politically Correct should be for people to try and not be a jerk as best they can?
-That if they accidentally offend someone, its just that, an accident?
-That people who purposefully offend others aren’t really helping anyone and just kind of being a jerk?
-That there are times when two parties might offend each other regardless of how much they try not to but their views are just that opposite?
-That kind of situation is really unfortunate and not one we should strive for?
That’s what I have for now. We have a culture right now built on being combative because frankly, there’s money and power in that as opposed to people getting along even if they disagree. Stop being manipulated.