I don't understand what has happened to the middle ground these days. Where is the point of compromise, the place where people of diverse opinions find a safe area?
I have always said that I'm the Queen of the middle. I'm not the worst and I'm not the best, not the ugliest and not the most beautiful, not the unluckiest but catch a bit of luck some times...and so on. I've always been fairly comfortable, if not sitting on the fence, at least approaching it and peering across.
I admit to becoming much more set and stubborn in my beliefs and thoughts in my aging years. Still, I'm willing to acknowledge and try to see that MY way might not always be the only right way. There's not a whole lot of that attitude out there in our America, it seems. There is division and anger and when any advantage is gained by a particular faction, they grab it and bash the other side over the head with it.
While I did not fully embrace the idea of Donald J. Trump as our new president, I did whole heartedly believe that we needed a change, we needed to back off from the direction the country was heading and take a good look at some of the drastic changes that had been occurring over many years. I am appalled at the destructive, nasty and divisive behavior of those that were unhappy with the election results. But, I'm also appalled that many of those on the side of victory act as if they now force their ideas into others. Why is it so hard for people to understand that in order for ALL to have rights, each will have to come give some?
On social media, there is a constant If you agree...If you want this or that, then share, say yes, like. That is a perfectly acceptable statement of, I believe this, do you? But, folks two wrongs don't make a right. One question was "should Jesus be back in our schools?" Are you kidding me? NO...religion should not be in the public schools. NO religion. Discipline, accountability, patriotism...many things should be back in our schools. Religious beliefs are a personal choice and the freedom to have your beliefs is guaranteed. You are not to impose those beliefs on others or teach them as part of education.
I am disappointed that the very people who complain of their rights being infringed on, are suddenly perfectly willing to stomp on the right of others. To me, winning this election meant a hope that through our laws we could affect change in some of the illogical and extreme evolution that has been altering our culture, some of the over the top political correctness, some of the carelessness with our borders and security, some of the entitled minded attitudes. I never thought that my own personal beliefs, even if held by a majority would become the superior rule of the land.