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NOT EVERYTHING IS A PARTISAN ISSUE.
I’m serious. There are things in this country and in this world that have nothing to do with George W. Bush. Or Iraq. Or religious zealots. Or gay marriage.
There are even some people in this world that don’t even care about partisan issues.
This morning while I was getting dressed for class, I decided to wear my light blue “holey” sweater. A rational person would say that this was the sweater I independently chose to wear today. But then you get partisans who will tell you, “Oh, she chose blue because she’s a Democrat and she hates America!” or “She’s wearing a holey sweater because Bush lied and stole her good sweater and he lied about Iraq!”
Most rational people are thinking there’s no way my clothing choice could be turned into a partisan issue. But it could. It probably will, too.
With Hurricane Katrina in the south, what most could see as a tragedy of nature has turned into, surprise surprise, another partisan attack on why George W. Bush is a bad president, or why we’re all sinners. It was a hurricane. I didn’t pay much attention in my natural science class, but I believe hurricanes are spurred by tiny gremlins living deep under the sea. And you know what? I don’t think those gremlins give two shits about who’s Republican or Democrat, sinner or saint.
Like it or not, we’re in Iraq. Like it or not, gas prices are obnoxious. Like it or not, my Spring Break 2006 destination is underwater. You have to deal with it, and we can either deal with it by fighting amongst ourselves, or we can suck it up and stand behind the leadership of our leaders, better or worse, for the next three years.
Like it or not.
Whether or not you actually pay attention to prophecy, or believe in karma, or believe in the tiny hurricane gremlins, the simple fact is that this country is not going to get better, things are not going to be resolved, until we can get past our partisan differences, depolarize ourselves, and come together.
Like it or not.
When it comes down to it, not everything is an opportunity to attack the other side. Sometimes we just have to get over our differences long enough to say “Fuck it,” and get along with those obnoxious, arrogant Republicans. Or those baby-eating Democrats.
We may intend to solve things with our particular partisan beliefs. We may intend to make things better. We may even intend to help people. But the fact of the matter is, this country doesn’t live with intentions, it lives with consequences. And the consequences of our partisan actions are much more negative than the intentions behind them.
And in case you were wondering, I did pick the blue sweater because I hate America.