For my first article, or opinion piece, I thought I would give a glimpse into the view from my world, how I see things. First, a little about myself: I'm just a guy in my 50s, trying to muddle through life and deal with the intricacies of a system that neither recognizes nor cares about the individual, only the herds of sheeple that exist to feed it. Ex-military and proud to have served, married for 30 + years with children grown and gone. I'm a blue collar guy, not because I have no education or skills, but because I can't stand the office environment and petty politics and backbiting that occurs there more than anywhere else.
Second, I'll say that I am thankful for George Carlin putting into words my own thought about things:
"No matter how you care to define it, I do not identify with the local group. Planet, species, race, nation, state, religion, party, union, club, association, neighborhood improvement committee; I have no interest in any of it. I love and treasure individuals as I meet them. I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to."
That's a simplification, but good enough for my purposes. And something I can hit the ground running with.
You see, I stay away from almost all political discussions. I've known many fine people over the years, maybe more than others due to the military and moving around so much, plus a tendency to experiment with new careers once I got out. I have, of course, also known many odious people, that inherently got on my nerves no matter what. But either way, they were individual people to me. Not once did I spew the phrase "just like a liberal" or "damned republican". And if you get into the political debates, these are unavoidable.
I'm me, an individual, one who does not conform to nor belong to any particular group. So I hate the tired, hackneyed phrases that abound within all political discussions I have ever seen. Black/white, lib/con, democrat/republican. As if there were no shades of gray, no middle ground, no conceivable way for a person to have beliefs from all parts of the spectrum. The concrete that binds these discussions is anathema to me, so I opt out of them for the most part.
If any interest is shown I'll move on to other topics as time permits. I'll be interested to see any comments.