Recently a friend of mine referred to me as a journalist and a political writer, but I am neither.
Normally I would have been very flattered, if it weren’t for my extremely low opinion of contemporary journalism.
First and foremost, I am a novelist who writes detective fiction. I have also written several nonfiction books, and, of course, I blog here at my website.
The more liberal members of my family seem to think I’m some rabid right-wing Republican who has been brainwashed by Rush Limbaugh.
I do admit that I enjoy listening to Limbaugh’s show occasionally. I think he can be pretty funny, and admire Rush for overcoming some really serious adversity — the total loss of his hearing, and somehow managed to continue his career, with the help of a cochlear implant. I also think he’s very smart, patriotic, and quite entertaining.
But I don’t agree with everything Rush says. Just most of what he says, and practically everything he says about liberal politicians.
I don’t really consider myself a Republican — I’m more of a Libertarian who tends to vote Republican in most major elections, but certainly not someone willing to write checks to help fund the party. Currently, I don’t make enough money that I feel like I can afford to throw any of it away on a political party. After all, my wife and I are about to be hit hard by Obamacare.
I am not a person who refuses to vote for a candidate simply because they are a Democrat. In fact, I’ve voted for more than one common sensical Democrat in my career as a voter. I believe the last one was Zell Miller.
Most of the time, I try to get both sides of an argument before I form an opinion.
Occasionally, my quest for the alternate perspective on an issue even takes me to liberal outlets such as Blue Nation Re view, where I can get the liberal point of view on subjects ranging from Kaci Hickox to the tragic death of a young girl.
I’m looking for those few opportunities where we can all agree — whether we are liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican or Libertarian.
When I saw that liberal Democrat Sarah Burris wrote this at Blue Nation Review: “We egotistically and selfishly troll Facebook and poke fun at people — or worse, bully them until they snap. We are too often mean. Too often self absorbed.”
Heck yeah! We agreed completely…or so I thought.
I even believed she was right on the money when she added, “[S]o many Americans are extremely fortunate and we don’t even know it.”
Unfortunately, she didn’t stop there. She should have.
Only a few sentences later came this perfect gem of a punch line: “Imagine your child is playing piano one minute and the next day she is dead. Then you have something really to complain about. Until then, all you teabaggers can shut the f*ck up.”
That insulting, vicious, and arrogant attitude helps me understand why the Democrats were absolutely decimated in the elections two weeks ago, even worse than expected. Ms. Burris should be ashamed of her vile, absurd little tirade.
But she’s a liberal. She’s probably very proud of herself.