posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 01:52 PM
a reply to: thesungod
I understood question 3 and my answer is correct. The way I see it toeing the party line and expecting others to do the same is advancing an agenda.
Telling your children to make their own informed decision is not an agenda. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Therefore, in my opinion the left has
the agenda while the right avoids agenda in favor of individual perspective and informed decision. The fact that many people feel the same way does
not make it agenda as such but rather indicates a commonality in perception. Of course there are always some who fit the agenda description on the
right as well. But I don't see that nearly as much as on the left. But in truth, I do see it.
I do not throw random screaming fits at my phone...lol
I know some people go over the top with politics. This year there are a whole lot of people who are much more concerned than many are willing to
admit. People are genuinely afraid of what will happen to this nation after this election, regardless of who wins. Even the people who devotedly toe
the party line know deep in their hearts that their candidate is a disaster, no matter who it is. Some people are just too slow to understand how bad
this really is. Some are too far gone on the rhetoric highway to see it. And a great many are suffering cognitive dissonance - the effect of something
so frightening that it can not be fully acknowledged by the waking mind without having it dramatically affect their behavior.
A good friend of mine is a psychologist. She told me recently that she has a rash of new clients seeking help with anxiety mainly stemming from this
election. As is the case with most people, there are other issues as well. But she said she has never had so many people come to her asking for help
rationalizing an election that is so completely irrational. These people are genuinely afraid of what will happen in the next four years - like
~~on a side note, she did mention that for every person afraid of Trump getting elected there are two to three who fear hillary. I thought that was
very telling in itself.~~
As far as children are concerned I was told by a very very good friend of mine something that had happened to him recently. This is a man I have known
longer than anyone but family. He is independent by nature but more conservative than liberal. His wife is a dedicated liberal. His daughter was
raised to think for herself and make her own decisions. The family unit worked, even though it had some touchy topics to dance around once in a while.
The daughter went off to college. When she came home she had changed. She was so liberal even her own mother had problems with her point of view on
many issues. It all came to a head recently when the daughter publicly announced, on social media, that her father was, "...a disgusting embarrassment
to the entire family". Mind you, this is a family of three. My friend was heartbroken and his daughter was relentless. She was the very picture of the
rabid liberal. Demanding acceptance for all while excluding and damning those who dare to disagree. The worst part of it all is that you can't even
talk to her about it. Any attempt at stating a point of view contrary to hers is treated like a violent assault. I honestly believe that if she was
pressed hard enough by a conservative perspective she would literally run screaming into the trees never to be seen again.
If I were to give advice or instruction to children at this point, it would be simply to not be a lemming. It is easy to follow the path others have
made. But following too closely, without knowledge of your destination or journey, can lead to disaster.