Growing up with four brothers about the same age wasn’t always easy. We all had different opinions and sometimes those differences caused arguments and sometimes, actual fights. My dad, an Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War, would often deal with it by warning us with the “don’t make me come back there” threat. Usually that was enough to calm us down.
I get that politics is a rough and tumble “sport.” I also get that those who support Ted Cruz have differences with those who support Donald Trump and vice versa. I have no problem with that, but the rhetoric and vitriol has gotten beyond insane.
I’m not going to get into who’s right or wrong. At this point, I’m beyond caring — much like my dad didn’t care when we boys would squabble about something.
What I do care about, though, is where the country is going and where it will be in four or eight years.
We’ve suffered the last seven and a half or so years under the worse president America has had in recent memory, if not all time.
If we are not careful, we will have another just like him, but with a rather evil twist. That president will also bring George Soros to the White House. Maybe he won’t be there in person, but he’ll certainly be there in spirit. After all, he will have basically bought the position, hook line and sinker.
So what are we conservatives doing?
Are we discussing the differences between conservatism and liberalism? Are we comparing the policy positions of the candidates and the parties?
Instead, we’re acting like children, sticking our tongues out at each other, calling each other names and getting wrapped up in tabloid conspiracies.
What the bloody hell are we doing and why are we doing it?
I get the two sides hate each other, but that shouldn’t be. Disagree, sure, but the hate has got to stop. We’re all patriots, despite what Ann Coulter would say. We all love our country and we all hate what Barack Obama has done to it. Hate is what liberals trade in, not conservatives.
I want to see the policy positions of both candidates laid out and discussed — like adults. Trump says he wants to make America great, and I like that. But I want to know how, specifically, he intends to do it.
Cruz says he wants to get rid of the IRS, and that’s great, too. I want to know how, specifically, he’s going to do that.
Instead, what I’m hearing and seeing are stupid — yes, stupid hashtags, National Enquirer tabloid conspiracies, adolescent tweets, memes that often do not tell the whole truth, childish name calling and now threats.
Frankly, at this point, I don’t give a damn which side claims to be right. I don’t care about who was born where — I already know. I don’t care about whose wife posed while connected to handcuffs 15 years ago — I already know, and I don’t care about the conspiracy theory nonsense.
So I’m going to present a novel idea — let’s knock the BS off and have a civil, adult discussion about the future of the country and how, exactly we’re going to get there.
If we can’t do that, we might as well forget the general election, save the taxpayers’ money, hand the keys to George Soros, shred the Constitution and learn to live under socialism. And we’d better learn to do it with a smile because it’ll be our own fault.
So, get out there and make your case — shake hands, apologize if need be and act like human beings. And like my dad used to say, don’t make me come back there…