Recently there has been a lot of news over people saying and doing stupid things. Most of them related to GOProuds endorsement of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. The statement deemed most offensive related to GOProuds endorsement of Mitt Romney were made by founder of the It Gets Better Project, Dan Savage. Mr. Savage tweeted “The GOP’s house faggots grab their ankles, right on cue: thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/goproud-endors…. Pathetic.” I can see why people would get offended by this statement. It’s absolutely reasonable. He used a word that was derogatory to a group of people he belongs to. However many people were quick to blame the entire left for Mr. Savages remarks. Or they entirely dismissed Mr. Savages work in the gay community because he had a lapse of judgement.
Dan Savage is in many peoples eyes a good person who has done good for a group of people. He slipped up once and was disrespectful to another group of people. Here’s the thing though he hasn’t apologized for his and I don’t think he will. He made a statement and he stood by it. Too often nowadays people are having to back track what they say or apologize for what they’ve done because a small group of people are offended. Last year country singer Blake Shelton tweeted he would kick any mans ass if they came on to him after he remade a song previously sung by a woman. People accused him of being homophobic and advocating gay bashing. Maybe if people weren’t so quick to judge they’d possibly think maybe just doesn’t want his ass grabbed. I know I’m probably thinking about this too simply but that’s who I am I love simplicity.
There’s no doubt the statements Blake Shelton or Dan Savage said were idiotic. But when did we start drawing false equivalency for idiotic statements. When did someone become homophobic for not wanting another man touching his ass. When I played football I didn’t let my teammates slap me on my ass and I was vocal about not wanting them to touch me there but am I homophobic or would I just rather not be touched on my ass. Dan Savage was completely out of line by using the word faggot. And even more out of line by using house in front of it as if the people from GOProud were slaves. However, if you knew about Mitt Romney’s support of conversion therapy and you were gay and found out other homosexuals supported him wouldn’t be a little mad. You would and just because you’re a public that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be afforded the opportunities to say dumb things. Let people be idiotic. It’s not like they are just going to stop being idiotic because they were told to apologize so many times.
I am too old to be governed by the fear of dumb people, good thing I live in a country governed by a representative democracy. That being said, I am also too young to to be governed by old peoples fears, fortunately for me I live in a country where there are more old people than young people. However, I am also lucky enough to understand that people change as well other things. Such as beliefs, religions, and ideologies. I believe that statement so much I’ll even call it a fact, especially the one about ideologies. I mean we can look through several decades and eras and you can see how the ideologies of the nation change.
In the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s you saw a shift to conservatism with a counter culture of secret liberalism, that lasted for the most part until 1933. Then in 1933 we saw a strongly democratic president take office for twelve years and he was followed by an equally strong democratic president. Then in mid 1940’s we saw a shift to the middle which lasted for a short while and in 1950 we saw a shift so far to the right, that people were being blacklisted for simply being accused of being a communist. Then in the 1960’s we saw the birth of modern liberalism we the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Then after Johnson’s stint in office we saw a president take office who was slightly right of center but a counter culture that was far left of center. Finally we saw the birth of what was known as modern conservatism with Ronald Reagan taking office. Reagan’s predecessor was a man who held the same beliefs as he but he couldn’t hold the office for eight years. His predecessor was Bill Clinton who was for the most part a left of center president. He led the nation to a prosperous era. He was then followed by George W. Bush who had a hard time keeping the nations economy afloat while dealing with two wars. While the second Bush was in office you saw people go farther to their respective ideologies.
Now we have a president who is having a hard time getting things done for a number of reasons. Obstructionism, a full plate, growing daughters, and other things. Under his control we have seen the two main ideologies split so far apart we haven’t seen the country divided like this since the Civil War. With as much divisiveness as we’re seeing one can say we are absolutely left for dry, unless we figure out a way to fix our differences. The way I see it, everyone is stupid even the most brilliant people. You know why? Because we all believe we have the answers. When in reality all we have is our mouths open trying to drown every body else because we believe we know what’s best and every body else is an idiot. The sooner we stop thinking we’re geniuses and every one else less than us the sooner can get back to being a united nation that disagrees on a few things instead of a divided nation that doesn’t agree on diddly squat.