Posted by: mydarkestplaces | March 15, 2012

No, seriously. Why CAN’T we all get along?

Every now and then I find myself wondering, why can’t we live in a world where we all get along?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not proposing that we all have to live and breathe the same exact way, but still. Can’t we all get on board that domestic violence is bad? Or that perhaps putting someone that disagrees with us in jail (gulag…yes, they still exist) strictly because they (or their significant other) disagree with us is bad?

When I read that there are conservative mucketymucks (FEMALE mucketymucks to boot!) who are claiming that funding for anti-domestic violence education, shelters for battered women, or any of the other provisions covered by the Violence Against Women Act were  a ploy to put money in “feminist coffers”  and to boost hatred of men, I was flabbergasted.

I get it. You may not necessarily agree with my stances on birth control, gay marriage, education, or taxes. And guess what, that’s okay. Although pretty smart, I’m not THE smartest person around. And, although I like to pretend I’m infallible, it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that I am – in fact – fallible. I could be wrong about things.* One thing that I am absolutely ASTOUNDED and DISGUSTED that isn’t incontrovertible – in 21st century America – is that wanting to help a neighbor who’s a victim of domestic violence is  strictly a “liberal” or “feminist” viewpoint. When did wanting to protect the community become déclassé?

I have many conservative friends who do incredible things to help the local and global community so this is by no means a treatise against ALL conservatives. Remember I mentioned I’m smart? I also know that it’s only in rare circumstances that the pundits speak for the people. But this is the dialogue (monologue?) that the loudest voices are perpetuating.

So I’m left asking: Can’t we all just get along?

*Pretty sure I’m not, but whatever. We can agree to disagree if we must.


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