Hi everybody. This is The Daily Bone, and I'm your lovable doggie host Chester L. W. Spaniel.
Today I'm going to rewrite a post I did in December 2013, called "Politics is Boring."
I seems there are tons of websites and social media pages that are practically bursting with hateful things, especially when it comes to politics. My kind-hearted colleague, the late Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel and I tried to analyze this using doggie logic, but have failed so far to understand what's so great about hating. So then we decided to look at the problem from a different point of view. What kinds of things do humans love? The first thing to come to mind is entertainment. The humans love to watch exciting movies about good vs bad, especially if it involves the good guys blasting the bad guys to bits. They also love watching sports, like football. Politics, on the other hand, is boring: a bunch of humans in a big semi-circular room, arguing about all the legal minutiae of making complicated laws to regulate every move and penny we make, and then wrapping it up in barrels of pork. Who wants to watch that when the new Ironing Board Man movie or a major football game is playing on TV?
So the media figured out how to make it more exciting, and in the process, choose sides, promote their agenda, and make a ton of money: make politics into a sport! Yeah, that's right! There are two big teams—Democrats and Republicans—and they can be labeled by a narrow list of extreme and unrealistic things they sort of remotely stand for. Now people will take politics seriously, so let the hating begin! From what you see on TV, you might think there is bloodshed, mayhem, and downright havoc going on in Washington, as the two teams slug it out on Capitol Hill. It's a death match, and there's a panoply of reporters and analysts lined up to explain each and every move, try to figure out who will win, and why, and how, and what it will cost, and how it will affect our lives, all whilst spinning the whole thing left or right. Then the hate-fest continues on line.
Nobody stops and thinks, hey, I know a lot of nice, friendly, logical, fair-minded people who are affiliated with either one party or another, and they're not anything like the exaggerated stereotypes they're labeled with. Our doggie advice to all humans is: Don't judge each other by the lunatic fringe presented on the media. Be kind to one another. Listen to both sides, and make your own judgement according to the goodness in your heart. Maybe you don't agree with some issues, but that doesn't mean you should express your disagreement with hatred. Hate just creates more hate. And that's a memo.
Joey dog says, "seriously … just stop hating."
OK, that was posted 7 years ago. How are things now? Violent riots in the streets of major cities. Yes there are some peaceful protesters too. But fires and rock-throwing and fighting and wrecking other peoples' cars and businesses is more exciting than people peacefully walking together and carrying signs, so that's what the media shows us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Blah!
Think about it.