The hatred and moral equivalency I've seen from both sides of the political line is enough to make me sick.
The hard-line right is as bad as the hard-line left. On one side, they say that Bush and America can do nothing right. Even if Bush found a cure for cancer and brought about world peace, they would find some way to taint it or deny it.
On the other side they believe Bush and America can do no wrong. They are blind loyalists who find an excuse for every mistake and a fall guy for every bad action.
I don't even know where I stand anymore. The middle is not a real place, it's just limbo for those of us who waiver. I don't have a side anymore.
Where is the place for someone who is pro-choice, yet pro gun rights? Where is the place for someone who supports the war in Iraq but thinks the war on terrorism is not going well?
There are some sites, some weblogs I can't stand to read anymore because they are just a stream of hateful invective. I Every post is angry, every article is filled with hate.
No one tries to understand the other. No one wants to discuss. No one wants a healthy debate. Everyone just wants to throw mud and start fights. That's the thing that annoys me the most - sites that obviously post material that is specifically designed to start an argument or a controversy. And when the controversy begins, anyone who takes the opposite side is made to feel like a traitor.
Lefties get made at their fellow-lefties for supporting the war. Righties get mad at fellow righties for questioning the president. Neither side wants anyone to have an opinion other than theirs. No one admits mistakes. No one listens. They just yell over eachother and you can hear the hoarseness in their voices even though it's just letters on a screen that you're reading. But you know. You know these people yell when they talk and hold their fingers in their ears when someone tries to argue.
I don't know where to stand anymore. I don't feel like I belong anywhere. It's like being caught in an endless game of Red-Rover, and it's making me feel dizzy and naseous.
The thing is, I don't want to belong anywhere if my only choices are the left or the right. I've been in both places, been in the hard-line area of each group. And let me tell you, one is as ugly and hateful as the other. Zero tolerance on both sides.
I'm tired of being angry at everyone; angry at the people who want to pull our troops out of Iraq, angry at the current administration for not doing enough to protect our homeland. I'm angry at the PC police who want to sanitize everything we do, and I'm just as angry at book burners and the morally righteous.
Is there anyone else in this limbo with me?