So they say about Washington politics, “if you’re not on offense, then you’re on defense.”
In the polarized mood of the nation, this has never been more true.
The alt-left and alt-right are stronger than ever and pointing fingers and fists at one another.
Each side, the ultra -liberals and -conservatives are duking it out over who is is going on the offensive today.
Only to be outmaneuvered the very next day and be placed back on the defensive.
Who communicated with the Russians today?
Who used their private email today?
Who committed perjury and lied under oath today?
Who was offensive and even violent at rallies and protests today?
And on and on…
You’re either on offense or your stuck on defense!
And the more polarized and hateful of each other this nation has become, including in the media, the more the outrageous the accusations and the more alternate facts and fake news.
But what I learned today is that this doesn’t just apply to politics.
Religion is another prime source for discrimination and hate of your fellow man.
I remember learning that over history, more people have died in wars in the name of religion than for any other reason.
So too today, the “crazy-hard line” ultra religious and the “throw-it-all away” irreligious are just as polarized.
The religious mock the irreligious as self-haters and atheists and the irreligious make fun of the rightwing religious as abusive and robotic.
Moreover, any disagreement results in insults and loathing over who is morally superior.
Of course, everyone cites sources and authorities to show why their position is the correct one and everyone else is wrong about religion and G-d.
Attack, defend, attack, defend.
No wonder nothing is getting constructively done.
No wonder children are confused.
No wonder those around us laugh at our seeming inability to come together, all as G-d’s wonderful creatures.
Who will be on the attack today and who will be on defense.
If only we could have a panini instead of all this anger, hate, extremism, and rejectionist bias toward our fellow man. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)