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by Patrick Malloy
I’m a big sports fan. Something about the spirit of competition and the excitement of fandom draws me year after year. I enjoy watching games, especially at the stadium, and I’m intensely loyal to my teams. However, one of the aspects of sports that I have consistently been unwilling to espouse has been the blind hatred of the other side. Don’t get me wrong, I love my team. Would defend them with the utmost honor. But when I hear cheers like the following in the arena, “Hey [Insert Arbitrary Team Name Here] fans, YOU SUCK,” I refrain from participation. I look around at the frenzied faces around me and think, “What’s the point?” Aside from the color of the guy’s jersey in front of me, what makes him so different from me. If he was truly an asshole, then I would have grounds to dislike him. But he, along with his wife who now cowers sheepishly from all the unwanted attention beside him, have done nothing to wrong me. Why should I hate and trash them?
Partisan politics are the same for me. I feel like more often than not, people turn a deaf ear on valid points simply because the proprietors of those points fall under an the banner of opposite affiliation. We are divided so rigidly by left and right, liberal and conservative. As if the division were not ridiculous enough, the mascots of these political camps are a donkey and an elephant, respectively. If that is not parody, in of itself, I don’t know what is.
Most of the political ads I’ve seen lately have begun to reflect this darker side of partisan division. Rather than focusing on their own ideas on how to improve our current economic and cultural crisis, campaigns now focus on the deleterious aspects of the opponent. How he used to be a bully in prep school or how he used to be a pothead in college. Things of the past that are now vastly irrelevant to the present situation are used as talking points. And for what? Admissible character evidence? All I can say is, if I ever run for President, let it be known that I was in a car accident at the age of 16. I wasn’t drinking, I’ve done a LOT of driving since then, and I’m pretty sure it holds no bearing on my ability to govern a country.
Personally, I don’t side with either team. I feel that as long as we are mired in this volatile bipartisan political climate, nothing of great worth or scope will be accomplished. Just look at all the opposition our current President has encountered from a House in which his party is now the minority. Ridiculous is a word that comes to mind. Childish and petty are two others.
But when I think of America, the following words come to mind: Badass, Motherfucking Best. Who cares if you vote red or blue, we’re all Red, White, AND Blue. America: Fuck Yeah.
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You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
One day you will be sick.
credit: Lima, age 15, in Afghanistan, addressed to the Taliban
source: Eliza Griswold, NY Times