And that is this: All these controversies have lade bare the problems with -isms. Racism, sexism, classism, faithism, whatever. And this is a good thing, as both the alternative media and the blogosphere are covering every known aspect (both rational and kooky) and are dragging the mainstream media along for the ride. So we have been discussing all this shit and I have been learning not only what other people think, but how and why they think this. So listening to hate speech has given me new perspectives.
Now I have been expressing frustration with the fact that both political parties are dealing with candidates that are not the best they have to offer. But this has forced me to seek out new political sanctuaries where I can find like-minded people. I discovered the Heritage Foundation, and I have also been checking out the Libertarian Party. With the big government GOP marching in lockstep with the big-government Democrats, I have been forced to forge my political identity outside of the two parties, which has freed me from despising one party over the other. (Okay, it's still a snowball's chance in my pants in the ninth circle of Hell I'd be voting Democrat, but....)
Some of the angriest or stupidest or pissiest comments from liberal bloggers (some of which are really nice otherwise) have given me ideas and inspiration for posts. And those times I've stepped into conservative blogs with ideas that have challenged their preconceived notions have also yielded juicy plaid fruit. Oh, and then there's the comments, from assent to condescension, from reasoned arguments to moonbat attacks, from nine words of wisdom to paragraphs of refutations, I have learned much and laughed more.
So my point: All the arguments, all the hate, all the strife, all the gleaming unadulterated bullshit that I've read, heard, and on rare occasions dished out has made me better. But for it to make me better, I've had to rise above it. I don't take disagreements personally. I stamp on people who produce angry bile. And even when I am passionate about something, I try to have fun, especially with people who disagree with me. So I have only one thing to say: