Excerpt on Partisan Fatigue
On the Eve of the Kavanaugh Vote, Partisan Rhetoric Again Rules Supreme (3/3)
10/3/18, 8:49 pm EDT
By John Corry, photo from AL.com
Is the FBI investigation being handled properly?
Does Brett Kavanaugh deserve the spot on the Supreme Court, even regardless of what happens in the next few days?
Is Trump a shit-head for his comments on Kavanaugh’s accusers? (Short answer on that one: yes.)
Did Blasey-Ford lie when she said she’d never helped anyone learn how to manipulate a polygraph test, and does that even matter? What implications can we draw regarding the allegations that third accuser Julie Swetnick is lying? Are there any implications regarding anything having to do with this whole mess just not that relevant to anything going on in the country as a whole right now? (Short answer: no.)
A few days ago, I tried to look as best I could at both sides of this whole thing, and I couldn’t. I ended up more on the ‘Republican’ side (I guess), because the evidence seemed to me to point to this thing being more of a political hit-job than a genuine raising of questions regarding an issue which needs to be discussed right now, but I always could be wrong (in fact: I hope I am) (actually: I’m never wrong (it’s 2018, bro; you’re either always right or you deserve to DIE AND BURN IN HELL!!!!!!!!)). All I know is that this is an issue with clear dividing lines /> and is subsequently a great way for any power-hungry institution (be that power-hunger conscious or not) to assert its dominance over any other (Trump and Kavanaugh over the Dems, or vice versa).
But that’s obvious.
What’s not so obvious are the personal, moment-to-moment events and obligations between every person in this country right now, both between each other, and between themselves. Much has been said, and in usually rather ‘amazed’ tones, about how divided Americans are on this issue, but is it so surprising when we can’t even talk about personal experience with sexual assault, or the concept that different people have different problems, without FREAKING out at each other assuming we know what they’re reeeeeaaally trying to say, and that they simply could never understand what I might be? The ‘left’ and the ‘right ‘ have been growing farther apart for over fifty years, and that’s on top of a country that wasn’t started under the most ‘unified’ circumstances in the first place (after the Revolutionary War, of course) (for example: it took five years to write a twenty page document (that document being the constitution) (because… it takes to time to realize where other people might be right and you wrong??), and another being the bitter split between former BFFs Thomas Jefferson and John Adams).
Is it surprising to see people capitalizing on the fact that ‘division sells’?? Or is it so easy to put emotions aside, or emotions begot from facts, and to see people for who they are: flawed, unique humans, gender, race or musical preference only coming second, at best (but not in that order ;D)?
No one has more of a right to an emotion than anyone else, because ‘rights to emotions’, or ‘the right to be emotional’, is/are inherent in the plight of being human. Reality doesn’t care what your emotions say, but neither does it care how your facts-and-only-your-facts may support your argument when your argument is one of such a complicated nature as this Kavanaugh shit is. Everyone has their opinions, but it is when those opinions get in the way of seeing others as more than simple fodder to prove a point that partisan politics turns into fuel for war.
I’ll be glad when the vote is over, but the likelihood of the hysteria stopping–I guess–is not very high…
Power politics is at play...