I knew yesterday’s post was a risk. I expected some backlash and I got some. Although, the majority of the discussion started by it was civil.
However, yesterday proved exactly how polarizing this election was. I saw friends unfriending each other on Facebook and other social media sites because the rhetoric became so vitriolic. It would have been kinder if they had just walked up and stabbed each other.
For the record, I’m not a huge Hillary Clinton fan and I never said she was the better candidate. I believe both candidates were a disaster in the making and if she had taken office, I’d be questioning her regime as well.
That’s a big part of what I like about being an American. I can voice those types of opinions and everyone is free to agree or disagree. I can also be weary of the legislation that my government is trying to pass.
I had a handful of people, maybe a little more, swear they would never buy another book from me again. I get it. I’m a writer, I’m supposed to entertain. But I’m so much more than just a writer. I’m a person. I’m a woman. I’m an American. I’m a historian.
This blog is my forum for more than just what I’m writing today. It’s my chance to start discussions, listen to opinions, and voice a few of my own. I don’t expect everyone to agree with every opinion I give, that would actually be weird. But I would hope they respect me enough to not decide I’m subhuman because my opinion differs from theirs.
Which is how I felt a few times yesterday. As the emails and private messages rolled in telling me what a fucking idiot I was, I felt like people expected me to not be human, but rather a puppet to dance on their command and have no thoughts of my own.
The irony of that is not lost on me, considering writers have nothing but their own thoughts all the time. It makes it very hard not to form opinions on things. That history degree makes it even harder for me to be silent about it, because history has proven that if we don’t question things and voice our opinions, no matter the consequences, then we are doomed to suffer the wrath of tyrants.
And my opinion wasn’t that strong. I merely expressed my concerns that President Trump’s rants often overshadow legislation being introduced into congress for voting and why some of those were just mind boggling. I can’t imagine how many readers Stephen King has lost with his not so polite tweets aimed directly at President Trump.
I’m disheartened that some of my readers decided my political views were reason enough to stop reading my books. Books they have proclaimed to love. For me, that’s the equivalent of telling someone they can’t read my books because they have a different political outlook than I do. However, I admit that when I wrote the post, I knew it was going to happen. The business person in me told me not to do it, but that seemed unfair to rest of me.
I won’t apologize for it. I did nothing wrong. It wasn’t a rage-fueled rant, it was a thought-out essay on what I see as major problems currently facing the US, created by our government. It was meant to provoke thought and start discussions. If a few of my readers want to hate me for it, there is nothing I can do about that. I will be sad they are gone. I’ve had great discussions with some of them. I will also wonder how we have become so divided, that we can’t even agree to disagree anymore.
As Aislinn would say: Exactly how far down this rabbit’s hole did we fall?