Once, when I believed that the political process would be a fair fight, I stepped out into a heated debate and stood up for what I thought.
In my case, I was only standing up to say “Listen to both sides”. I was frustrated that loud, angry voices could stop the process of a PROPOSAL. Here’s the set up. An industry came into our area and wanted to build something that would provide jobs and taxes for our county. Before this industry could even SPEAK about the possibility, the environmental movement crawled all over the local politicians. I caught part of it as a council meeting was being televised. The rabid mean spirited mob mentality of the people who packed the audience was appalling. The council tabled the topic.
I made the momentous decision to get involved. I spoke at the council meeting, a first for me, and asked that the process NOT be disrupted by loud and angry voices. I put myself in front of the Environmental Machine and got mangled.
I participated in a phone notification of the next city council meeting asking people to come out and state their opinion. Big mistake.
In essence, I put a big bullseye on my back.
When the next city council meeting convened, they had to move it to a bigger location and thousands of citizens came out. Most of them were angry, radical environmentalists. As speakers tried to state opinion, they were harrassed, booed and hissed at. As I waited to speak, a man approached me, shoved his face into mine and snarled “Are you the one who called?” I said “Yes.” He glared at me. “You’re the only reason I’m here.” And then he left. I was scared shitless.
And that was what I experienced from the liberal part of my county. If I didn’t agree with the “No industry, no corporation” mentality of my neighbors, they were not above shouting me down. It changed me.
Before this experience, I believed that the political process was heated, but fair. Before this happened, I believed that liberals were going to guarantee everyone had a say. Before this happened, I voted Democrat and even Green party.
After this experience, I swung away from the liberal preaching and planted my feet firmly in the middle. I am well aware that the conservative end of politics is no better and they are just as likely to shout down voices that oppose their view of the world.
Just as many who have run into the Christian Extremists and wondered where the love of God is in THEM, I now faced the same disappointment in the Liberal Extremists. Peace and Utopia is their watch words, their goal. Yet, when I spoke out against their methods, I was shouted down, reviled.
Today’s media seems stunned by the polarization of this country. I am not. We are pushed into the arms of one side or the other. I am no conservative. But I must go with the group of people who speak for me. Currently, the Democrats do not.
I came face to face with the liberal idea of peace and freedom. And it made me a little bitter.