If you want to call me a petulant whiner who doesn’t live in the real world, go for it. Do you know what made me so angry in the first place? A Clinton supporter calling me a petulant whiner who doesn’t live in the real world.
Being a cop requires more than a gun. It requires the ability to assess situations for what they are, assess people in stressful situations, and do what you can to enforce the law with as little physical force as possible. If you disagree with that, you shouldn’t be a cop.
Imagine, in the months prior to an election, if each of us could go to a single website, identify our state and county, and get a sample ballot as well as a non-partisan summary of all the candidates and issues. Imagine if that summary identified where candidates stood on their signature issues in simple, spin-free language.
In the fighting stance that has become our national discourse, everything ends in violence of one type or another, so why even try to avoid it? Just put up your fists and sharpen your tongue. There will be blood.
We have to change the way we choose. Without that, we are forever at the mercy of corporate democracy and corporate media, which insists that there are only ever going to be two parties – and both parties are fairly closely aligned in their devotion to the system itself. Neither likes the idea of competition.