Racism and American Politics Not that Different

When I think of racism in its broadest sense, the first thing I think of is closed-minded individuals.  People who cannot open their mind up even a little to believe that an individual of a certain race, or group, could be different from the common stereotype.  A person like George Zimmerman, who when he saw a black teen in a hoodie, could not open his mind enough to see this kid as anything but a common criminal.  A person whose mind was so closed that the common sense thought that maybe the kid was wearing a hoodie because it was raining, never entered.

When I look at the current state of American politics, it is truly no different.  Instead of black versus white, it’s red versus blue.  Groups that are so closed-minded that they cannot entertain the notion that the other side could have any positive ideas.  They judge ideas and proposals not by the credibility of their content, but by the person who is suggesting them.  Their minds are so engulfed by the next election that they cannot allow the other to have the slightest bit of success.  Groups that put the health and well-being of the entire country at jeopardy to avoid any admission that the other could be right.

I think I speak for a large portion of Americans when I say I’m sick and tired of this non-sense.  Politics are standing in the way of progress because extremist from both parties are in a constant battle to destroy each other for the sake of the next election.  The American people deserve a government that puts them at the forefront, not career politicians sabotaging a nation for the sake of their personal agenda.

A perfect example of this non-sense happened this week when Conservative GOP Senator Ted Cruz of Texas used the high emotions surrounding the Zimmerman verdict as an opportunity to bash the President, rather than help move an ailing nation forward.

In a statement regarding the nationwide vigils and demonstrations, Obama suggested that states with “stand your ground” laws take a look at them to ensure that the laws do what they are intended to do, provide citizens with a means for self-defense, and not encourage nonsensical violence.

“I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations,” Obama said.

Somehow, closed-minded Cruz interpreted the President’s comment as an attempt to infringe upon the right to bear arms.

“It is not surprising that the president uses, it seems, every opportunity that he can to go after our Second Amendment right to bear arms,” Cruz said.

Cruz’s response clearly demonstrates that he was not even listening to what the President was saying, but simply seizing an opportunity to play on the emotions of gun owners who are in favor of these laws.

Nowhere in the President’s statement did he even remotely “go after” anyone’s Second Amendment rights.  He simply suggested that states look to fine-tune laws that give individuals the right to use deadly force when it may not be necessary.

No one is questioning anyone’s right to use force when they are in serious jeopardy of death or injury.  But allowing individuals to pursue altercations rather than avoid them and then claim self-defense is setting the stage for a wild-west style of vigilante justice that will cause this nation to spiral out of control.

The current “stand your ground” issue is a small (but significant) example of a much bigger problem that faces the great United States of America.  As a nation we are too closed-minded.  Like racism, this behavior is learned.  We need to teach our kids to think on their own and make wise decisions rather than force feed them our opinions and beliefs.

As the President said, racism may not be eliminated in the United States, but we are definitely progressing in a positive direction.  Children these days are very open-minded, unless taught otherwise.  Let’s find something else to teach our children.  Keep the political drama out of America.

#openyourmind #savethedrama #commonsense

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