I can’t stop giggling.
She (very politely) emailed asking my opinions regarding Obama, based on what she was told in the movie 2016. Am I not concerned about his reduction of nuclear weapons when nations like Iran are trying to create them? (No.) Am I not concerned he is driving us towards socialism? (Ha, no.)
First of all, socialism is not bad. Many of our Western allies are doing extremely well for themselves with their publicly funded healthcare, education, maternity leave & family programs. These are good for people; being a person, I find things that make people happy and healthy to be good things. And I recognize I have an overdeveloped sense of empathy, and I feel extremely selfish for having a job and paying my bills instead of giving up employment and personal wealth to try to help others full-time. However, I really do believe all people should want their fellow peoples on earth to be healthy and happy.
Secondly, nuclear war is a bad thing. Dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was bad. People died. I understand Iran and South Korea are trying to be dangerous, but I don’t support nuclear weapons or a world where, instead of sitting around a table and talking out our differences, we just keep shooting each other. I’m a veteran. Most of the people I know and love are veterans and current service members. War is bad. Perhaps it is sometimes necessary, but that’s a discussion for another day. I fully support nuclear reduction.
And that said…
I haven’t seen 2016. I don’t believe in paying to be blasted with propoganda, which is what this would seem to be. I do not think Barack Obama is our Savior and Messiah, but I believe the Democratic platform (and the theory of the democratic process) is far superior to the current state of the Republican party. I don’t support classist societies. I don’t support inequality, bigotry, racism, hate, patriarchy, oligarchy, and all other shades of societies that aren’t based on group hugs. (Look, I made a joke!) I know Obama and the Democratic party don’t have a “We <3 kittens” platform, but I believe they are our best choice in this moment.
I want to respond in a mature, respectful, and fact-based manner. I do want to persuade people to look beyond Fox News and the media machine to take our country forward. Tell me what you’d say/want to hear?