Conservatives have accused liberals of “wanting to shut people up” they do not agree with. Just google “reactions to super bowl” commercials to see how pissed off a lot of conservatives are. Threats to boycott products, name calling, insults. Yeah, okay...so conservatives are totally okay with letting everyone have their voice.
Hypocrisy. I see it on both sides of the political/ideological spectrum. I see it all over the place but these three right wing examples come to mind with just a moment’s thought.
Meryl Streep bad. Just stick to acting. That’s what entertainers are supposed to do….entertain.
Matthew McConaughey - good. Refreshing to hear someone from Hollywood speak out about their beliefs. (when they agree with mine) Let’s have him on the show and give him a national platform to praise Trump.
Sally Yates - bad. She needs to do her job. That’s her job. Do your job. It doesn’t matter what your personal beliefs are.
Kim Davis - good. She is just standing up for her sincerely held beliefs. That was not part of her job to begin with. It’s fine to defy a court order from some “so called judge”? And anyway they are stealing Christian freedoms (Christians are totally persecuted in this country you know)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Womans tirade at two Hispanic women in a JC Penney’s department store - understandable. You know, the frustration of the past 10 years under the Obama administration….not really right but understandable.
Man lambasts Ivanka Trump on an airplane - totally out of line. Should have been arrested. Let’s slam his book on Amazon.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you are on the left applauding the gay guy on the plane but outraged at the woman in the department store…..applauding Meryl while dissing Matthew….thinking Yates should have remained employeed while Davis should have been fired.....well, I call hypocrisy on that too. Now...I lean left. Anyone who has read a single post on this blog knows I lean left. But here are MY sincerely held beliefs
Celebrity opinions - Free country (at least as I write this) Free speech (at least as I write this) Celebrities are as entitled to speak their minds as the rest of us are. Afterall, isn’t that one of the reasons many people voted for Trump to begin with….because he speaks his mind?
Yates/Davis - do your job. Just do your job or quit. If you won’t quit, expect to be fired. While I admire the courage of one (and deplore the bigotry of the other) I believe if you don’t do your job, you should expect to lose it. Do. Your. Job.
The twin tirades - flip sides of the same coin of fear/frustration. Woman in department store is afraid and frustrated because she perceives that her rights and tax dollars are being taken away by immigrants. Man on airplane is afraid and frustrated that his rights may be taken away by Trump administration and right wing anti gay sentimet. (he was half of a gay couple)
I started this post yesterday. While I was at the gym reading The Living Bible on my kindle, I came across the following verse in Psalms…..
Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
Immediately followed by verse 9…..
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
Does anyone remember the Pray for Obama Psalm 109:8 controversy? Yeah...that was a thing. And many on the right applauded the sentiment and slapped it on their bumpers.
And continuing this “pray for the president” theme, how about the Facebook page based on the following satirical prayer?
"DEAR LORD, THIS YEAR YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTOR, PATRICK SWAYZIE. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTRESS, FARAH FAWCETT. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE SINGER, MICHAEL JACKSON. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, MY FAVORITE PRESIDENT IS BARACK OBAMA. AMEN."
There was also a FB poll..."should Obama be killed." Yes there was...if you don't believe me look right HERE and HERE where Fox News covered it. It turned out to be a hoax kind of thing....put on FB by a juvenile....however, it should be noted that hundreds of people responded to the poll.
So please do not get on your high horse when a politician says “he’s not my president.” And don’t be surprised everyone is not ready to play nice on the “Trump is president” bandwagon.
There are so many cognitive biases it is difficult to discern when we are caught up in one (or more) I saw a saying once..."don't believe everything you think." At least not without a thorough look-see.....