I didn't think I was going to talk about politics on here again anytime soon. I didn't talk about it here a lot before the election and I wasn't planning to talk about it after. When I need a politics fix I go to other blogs and talk in the comments. This morning Michele was talking about how the liberals have been behaving since Wednesday. It has always bothered me that the coasts seem to look down on midwestern folks, but I didn't really think it was all that big of a deal. But now it seems to have morphed into the liberals on the coasts (and I'm sure some of them in other parts of the country too) saying that everyone else is stupid because they don't agree with them. I honestly didn't think anyone I know at work would think that way. I was wrong. And it really bothered me deeply, so I'm writing about it.
I'm very aware that I live in a "blue" state. That most of the people around me don't agree with me. And that's fine. As long as we all respect each other and agree to disagree we can all get along and work together and there aren't any problems. I just wasn't ready for what I heard today.
I was in the control room looking through the rundown for one of the shows. On the tier behind me two guys were talking about GW being re-elected and how it happened and all of that. One of whom is very vocal about his opinions on anything and everything. Whether it's politics, or how someone else does their job, or the stupid bartender the night before.
At any rate he's going on and on about how anyone who voted for W had to be "irrational to think that way". And that there wasn't any excuse for it. The entire time he's talking I'm sitting right there, and the only thing running through my head is that that's what he really thinks about me.
And then there was a rant about how people living overseas would be affected. That people who voted for GW couldn't possibly care or think about people living overseas. Otherwise they wouldn't have voted that way. And what do all those people in the Midwest know about terrorism anyway? They weren't attacked.
I finally had had enough and left the room. I tried really hard not to slam the door behind me, but I'm not sure if I succeded. I just wanted to turn around and scream at him.
Just because I disagree with you doesn't mean I'm irrational or stupid. It just means we disagree! Intelligent people can have differing opinions; that's kind of the way this country works!
And don't you dare tell me that I don't care about people living overseas. I know more people that travel to more places, and I think about and pray for many of them every day.
Just because I wasn't there when it happened, and I don't personally know anyone that died doesn't mean it doesn't affect me. It's called empathy, compassion, feeling something for your fellow human being. Not wanting it to happen to anyone else whether I know them or not.
If you disagree with me, that's fine. I'm totally ok with that. But devolving to name-calling and personal attacks just makes me dismiss anything you may say in the future. Allow for the possibility that other people have brains and that they don't always think like you!