Up until four years ago, I was a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association. I fully support the second amendment (covered ad nauseam in an upcoming post) and wished to support the N.R.A.’s efforts to continue this fight. Up until four years ago.
One of the cool things about being an N.R.A. member is that you receive swag in the mail…sweet hats, nice bags and a free subscription to American Rifleman. If you’re a gun geek like me, this stuff was a great byproduct of my membership. Up until four years ago. Up until I started receiving mailings from them describing a horrible person who was going to sneak into my house in the middle of the night and steal my guns…and worse if I didn’t renew my membership.
Of course they were referring to that evil despot, Barack Hussein Obama. That fascist, non-citizen intent on destroying everything that our founding father’s fought for. Minor detail, but they were talking about the man I loved…the man who held the key to hope for the next four-years, in my mind. Disappointment was the order of the day when I realized no more cool swag would be coming my way as I vowed to never renew my membership. The hateful tone and mean-spirited level of rhetoric was too much…I still am an ardent supporter of gun rights…I’ll just have to hope that more moderate factions lead the way in the future.
And this leaves NASCAR. As a democrat (registered, but willing to consider any other pragmatic options…friends with benefits with another party is on my radar) and an enthusiastic auto racing fan…my life is oftentimes uncomfortable. The driver with whom I live and die will tweet a sarcastic shot at the President or endorse the Republican candidate; who by the by will be making an appearance at this week’s race at Richmond.
The most conflicting incident however was when Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden were roundly booed at a NASCAR race. There wasn’t a place low enough that I could crawl as a liberal when that occurred.
What does this all mean? We are not bot’s. We are all complex political and cultural beings who embrace sometimes conflicting values and cultures. Are there Republican’s out there who secretly watch the Daily Show? If enough of us cross this line, maybe there is the beginnings of compromise and dialogue. Maybe we can begin to end the culture of hate, immaturity and name-calling that define EACH party. Maybe we can all just get along…