I’m so unhip (can I say that?) that I don’t know who Wil Wheaton is; and I don’t even care enough to Google to find out.
When I was in college, I voted against Goldwater because everyone told me he would expand the war and drop the bomb. In six months, I discovered I had been lied to simply so someone could stay in power. LBJ won and he expanded the war. So much for my good intentions.
From that point, I began to look at all my liberal college friends — who were adamant that only they knew how I should behave and what I should do and think — and I began reassessing how I thought.
Recently, I lived in a northern, liberal, multi-university city that was so progressive that the retirees hanging out in the local coffee shop referred to me as “The Republican.” I was afraid to put out yard signs or use bumper stickers, much less profess my views. No sense in poking the bear.
Now I live in the South. People are much more tolerant. I see all sorts of political signs and talk to all sorts of people. It’s enjoyable.
So, when I read your essay, I was more than pleasantly surprised to see “someone on the other side” realize we are all in this together; that we need opposing views and opinions (to prevent echo chambers) and tolerance to keep the system alive.
Probably the most disheartening of ALL of this are the “safe” spaces being requested AND PROVIDED for children in college! My message to them? Grow up. No one said life would — or should — be easy.
Rioting/protesting/marching (whether sincere or purchased)is equivalent to taking your ball and going home. If anything, the result produced is opposite of the one intended. Unless, of course, chaos and disorder are the real intentions.
Trent, keep up your reasoned writing. My belief is that you are on the road to change. And your progressive attackers are the ones spurring you on.