The level of discourse in this country has continued to slide into a dark and terrible place.
I only mention this because it’s true. Not only do we not speak civilly on just about any topic, we only try to score, not solve.
I ran across a saying on the internet, whereby some ancient person of a philosophical persuasion said that it’s OK to argue, but if you’re arguing to win, instead of arguing to progress, then you’re doing it wrong.
Yep, we’re doing it wrong.
Friendships have ended, business relationships have been threatened, feelings have been hurt, and people scream and holler and put forth their points and demand complete acceptance.
Problem with that, though, is that most of the hollering is based on half-truths or dogma, and that raises a real stinker of a problem.
Take, for instance, the latest in a long line of torches carried by many — the “attack” on the actor Jussie Smollett.
Many of you by now have heard the story, about how this actor, upset about his salary, staged an attack on himself. He then blamed two white people wearing MAGA hats, essentially laying the blame on President Trump.
The press, of course, took up the cause, which then captured the imagination of many people (OK, let’s just say it, liberals) who used it as further proof that they’re the onliest people ever who should be in charge, and anyone that disagreed with that assessment was evil, racist, homophobic and probably had halitosis.
No one actually waited for information to come out, which by the time the investigation was completed, showed that Smollett orchestrated the whole thing, and now will face felony charges.
You would think that now that we’ve been hoodwinked, that people who blindly asserted their feelings about this would apologize, and the news media would cry “mea culpa” and recant their tirades.
The gist of all of this is simple: anything that is up for debate will be used as a weapon against conservative ideals and Republicans. Also, we can’t seem to get back to a reasonable and productive means of discussing anything, not even the weather.
The powers that be and people reportedly in the know keep referring to the divisions plaguing this country. I’m not so naïve as to think that doesn’t exist, but I do believe that because of these intractable ideological positions, these other massive problems will never be solved.
You know the old saw about talk being cheap. It now should be talk is free, and you get what you pay for. Which, if things don’t stop, will be battles and destruction, and what’s the price tag on that?
Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.