No Good Deed

Maybe it wasn’t really a good deed. Okay, it was just one slightly inflammatory post on Facebook. Because I tell the truth, no matter the cost, I’m going to post it here. You can save the tomatoes to throw at me later.

All right, Republicans…dazzle me. Show me that you’re in this to make the entire country better, not just your own bank accounts. Show, don’t tell. I’m keeping an open mind.

You know, when I wrote it, it seemed conciliatory. Very cross-party. Last Tuesday was a blow for Democrats, but not an unexpected one. I do understand why people are not happy. I don’t necessarily agree, but I understand. And yes, the ‘bank account’ phrase was not the best choice of words now, was it?

Lemme ‘esplain…I don’t think it’s stretching the truth to say that the stereotype of the Republican party is one of corporate America where the bottom line takes precedence over just about everything. Would you agree that this is the stereotype? And the stereotype of the Democratic party is a Birkenstock-wearing, tofu-eating, Prius-driving young urban couple. Yes?

We all know stereotypes are wrong. Wronger than a really wrong thing. Uh, except they aren’t. Not really. They do have a basis in fact, even if the facts are true for only 1% of those particular populations. Don’t get your knickers in a twist, I said ‘basis’. I know that most Republicans and Democrats don’t fit that description at all. I know it. You know it. I mean, we all have various personal reasons for our political views – some were handed to us by our parents. Some were learned in high school, college, and just during our lives. The point here, and I do have one, is that the core beliefs of each of our major political parties really does seem to follow the stereotype, even if the people don’t.

This is a very long explanation to a very long thread on Facebook, where I, my friends my family, and my children were blasted by a high school acquaintance of mine. No matter how many times I explained that I meant the post to be one of hope and expectation for good things (as the incoming congressmen and women promise), it didn’t matter. It simply didn’t matter to her. All she wanted was to rant (and I don’t use that term lightly).

All right, five readers of this blog who are all related to me, here’s the truth. I am a Democrat. I always have been. I probably always will be. Even if I win the lottery and have cash oozing from every pore, I will be a liberal, commie, pinko, socialist-leaning Democrat. See, I believe we can make the world, the country and this state a better place for everyone. I will always believe that.

And I want to believe that the incoming Republican majority can do everything they say they can. I want to believe that they aren’t in it for corporate America – to reduce taxes to the wealthiest Americans, to award government contracts to their own companies, to decrease funding to education and social reforms. I want a country where we pull together and work toward a common goal.

My final post was this:

I’m going to post only one more thing, then let this die as it should. First, please stop belittling my children when they are leaping to my defense. You should know better. Your kids would do the same. Second, I’m saying this again, what I said was that I WANT to believe that the incoming Republican majority can make a positive difference for the country. I never took a stab at Republicans. I mentioned a widely-held stereotype about Republicans. It is not my personal view. I also never mocked your lifestyle, your beliefs or anything you hold dear. Again, I want our country to work and work well. I’m sorry you are offended by a message of conciliation. I meant for the initial post to be one that crossed party lines. I am not dismissing or taking potshots at Republicans. If they believe they have the answer, then I welcome it.

Please, new congress. Make me a believer. Show me. Don’t tell me. Show me.

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6 Responses

  1. AMEN!!! I’ll throw out an opinion since you claim only 5 people will read it. 🙂 It has been my personal experience that the majority of the time when discussing politics, Democrats express themselves with decorum, intelligence and in a respectful tone. And the Republicans….don’t.

    Your FB thread supports my opinion perfectly.

    Thank you for your well thought out opinion and respectful replies.

    **If anyone wants to blast me, please note that I said “my personal experience” and “opinion” and “majority” not entirety. Also, I should warn you that if you want to blast me anyway, I’m probably stronger than you physically and mentally and I like to win, a LOT. 🙂

  2. Uh, yeah. She does. And she kicks butt. 🙂

    Thank you, G. This whole thing kind of got to me. I always thought I could reason with anyone. Apparently, I can’t. No matter how hard I try. And it made me frustrated that as a writer, I couldn’t make myself understood. I guess people have to want to understand, huh?

    Go kick some more butt, ‘kay?

  3. Stereotypes have a basis in fact? Really? So all those negative stereotypes about jews, gays, hispanics, African-Americans, muslims, etc, all have a basis in fact? Well then, I guess it is correct to treat persons belonging to these groups, on the basis of stereotypes rather than as individuals.

  4. J.C. –

    Yes, you are correct. I spoke only of political party stereotypes. I assumed that only five or six people who know me would read this, and they know me better than to assume I would mean otherwise. I should have had another cup of tea and thought about my post a little more.

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    Julie

  5. That turned so ugly I still shudder. You cannot ever force enlightenment on a closed mind. So be it. I am fortunate to have people around me that are open minded and hopeful for the future. Sorry if I made it worse.

  6. You didn’t make it worse. There was nothing she was willing to listen to – she just kept spouting and name-calling, and she never addressed any questions or concerns. It makes me very sad that there are people so filled with hatred for 50% or more of our population.

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