I have to apologize on the occasion when I get a little short with some specific comments. I usually take the high road and actually write about doing just that. I firmly believe that taking the high road and sticking to the meat of an argument is the only way to change minds and influence. When I get challenging comments on here, I will almost always have a back and forth. I publish nearly all of the comments I get. Sometimes my patience does run out. When a comment is just an insult, my patience will sometimes run out.
The best thing may be to just ignore these comments, but I now believe another approach is needed. Politics in this country is now a game. It’s a power game. Our elected officials play it and they play it on at an immoral level. I spoke of this already in respect to the charges of racism during a tea party rally. Our elected officials want you to take your eye off the ball. They want you to not do research. They want you to just relay talking points and not read an opposing view. I would encourage everyone to read opposing views. My views have changed over time due to reading and research. It’s a good thing to grow.
Don’t remain stagnant. Learn and understand why you really believe something. But our system is not set up for that. You have to work for that. Our system is set up for you to repeat jargon: “party of ‘no'”, “tax breaks for the rich”, “compassionate conservatism.” What do these things even mean? So do your research. Welcome honest disagreement. There is no shame to holding a view that you learn is wrong or you come to disagree with in the end. The only loser in this current game is all of us.