Saturday, September 12, 2009

Wrong Message

I am saddened by the outcome of the protests today. I had an image in my head of intelligent people standing together, protesting against economic injustices in a sane manner. Instead, I see images (even from my most trusted news sites) of people screaming "Socialist! Communist!" and holding pictures comparing Obama to Hitler and Osama bin Laden. I am saddened because this is exactly what DIDN'T need to happen.

The greatest cause of the growing rift between conservative America and liberal America is misinformation. Stereotyping has taken a stronger grip on both sides; conservatives appear as moronic redneck conspiracy theorists, and liberals are immediately accused of being "socialist commies". I know this is true because I hear it in nearly every political discussion I have with Dem and Rep friends/family. The media (which you all know I love so much >_>) is heavily to blame for this, but the people at these protests are also instigating the stereotypes. Many of them are horribly uneducated and prove it themselves by carrying signs of Obama with a Hitler moustache.

Don't get me wrong: I'm happy that people finally banded together and stood up to government waste...But I know what impression it's going to yield, and I'm afraid it will split Congress even further...

I wish Ron Paul and Jeff Flake would start speaking up.

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