Do you remember the first time an adult lied to you? I’m guessing you were a child, and it was either a lie about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, where babies come from, or it was a promise that wasn’t kept.
Children start off believing whatever they’re told. As human beings, we have to be taught through experience that people sometimes lie, and it’s not always obvious when it’s happening.
This isn’t exclusively an American problem, but I’m writing specifically to Americans here:
Believing your representatives because they belong to your political party is foolish. Accusing government representatives on the grounds that they belong to the opposing political party is foolish. These are foolish mistakes Americans have been making for decades, and it’s eroding the system.
This speaks to the laziness of an entire culture. Our individuals would rather be spoon-fed lies and assume they are truths rather than expend the energy and time required to discover the truth for themselves.
This fact can most easily be seen in the wildly extreme responses to President Donald Trump on a minute by minute basis.
Democrats rail against him and accuse him of things he hasn’t even done because people who have done those terrible things support him.
Republicans blindly defend him even when he does say embarrassing or horrific things that cannot be excused but nonetheless they do excuse.
Political party lines have been drawn, and the motto of the day is: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.Click to tweet
Anger politics have changed the rules of the game for every day users.
Rules for the New Anger Politics
- Don’t agree with your party’s representative.
- Don’t acknowledge your party’s mistakes.
- Deflect accusations with equal or worse accusations.
- Share the most outrageous headlines with all your friends – BEFORE you fact check them.
- Never give the other party credit for accomplishments, UNLESS it’s an opportunity to point out an even worse mistake.
- Block your friends who can’t handle the truth you are selling. Friends come and go, but politics are forever!
There are more rules, but these six should help you achieve Expert Level.
Don’t like Anger Politics? Well, I’m not sure you belong in society any longer. The days of decorum and dignity are behind us. No matter how you want to see it, any level of participation is an endorsement.