The Collapse of Common Decency

I don’t know who’s more to blame – my generation or my parents’, but it’s become obvious that our society as a whole has thrown mutual respect and common decency out the window.

Whether through the rise of social media, technology, or geographic mobility, or a combination of all three, we have reached a point where finding a respectful, engaging, and thoughtful discussion/debate/disagreement is less likely than finding a proverbial needle in a haystack. Our lack of consideration for those with whom we disagree is astounding, and the widespread effects are truly demoralizing.

Just consider our country’s recent protests, and the social groups that have arisen from various points of disagreement: RINOs, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Those-who-kneel-during-the-Anthem, Those-who-stand-during-the-Anthem, NeverTrumpers, etc. We have allowed ourselves to become a nation of thin-skinned, name-calling bullies. And even if we haven’t reached Harvey Weinstein or Donald Trump bullying levels, as a society we have very little solid ground on which to stand and condem their activity.

This afternoon I had the displeasure of reading yet another bullying comment from our President as he attempted to slam “liddle’ Bob Corker,” with whom he had some genuine policy differences.¬† But of course, at this point who’s paying attention to policy? Who cares about the content? What matters now is the delegitimizing of another individual. And all for a disagreement on substance. I wish red-blooded Republicans would see this for what it is, and what it has been since the dawn of kindergarten playgrounds. I wish they’d call him out for it like they should have done during the 2016 primaries.

But they won’t. They won’t because they’ve spent the last 2 years making the same comments themselves: Crooked Hilary, Lyin’ Ted, Little Marco, etc…

And lest liberals think they’re off the hook, when will they consistently stand up to sexual assault and rape instead of just offering up the scapegoat of Harvey Weinstein? Can we expect better and more wholesome Hollywood productions across the board?

I’m not getting my hopes up.

There is a silver lining to all of this, though, and that is our humanity. Granted, our humanity and hypocritical nature that comes naturally did get us in this mess, and if given free reign does allow us to be ignorantly foolish and careless with our attitudes and opinions, but our humanity should also give us hope. As a Christian, I know that my fellow man is created imago Dei, and that means we have an inherent worth that requires treating others as I would want to be treated. It also means standing up to bullies and predators.

At the end of the day, being a fellow human being should mean more than well… being a burger. Watch and learn, and then help recover a common decency.

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A Bit of Monday-morning Quarterbacking

Yesterday afternoon I waded into the discussion regarding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. For better or worse, I explained that my personal take was that watching Republicans get all fussy about kneeling for the anthem was on par with liberals spazzing out regarding a Ben Shapiro speech.

If you aren’t aware of the back story (and bless you if you aren’t), there was a great deal of hubbub over the weekend due to the President of the United States colorfully condemning NFL athletes who “disrespect our flag” by kneeling during the national anthem, suggesting that the owners should fire them on the spot.

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Changing Seasons – An Update

Stop the presses; hold the news. Particularly of the fake persuasion.

After a hiatus of over two and a half years, I return to this corner of the globe (just ignore the non sequitur)…

As my last post was titled “Democalypse 2014,” and included a video of Jon Stewart, I should begin with the obvious: The world hasn’t ended, I’m still a Texan, and I’m still kickin’. That’s all the assurance I can provide, though, as much else has changed since October 2014.

Let me explain. No, that is too much. Let me sum up:

I left a career in real estate in Nacogdoches, took a job in Tyler covering the East Texas region for Senator Ted Cruz, left that position earlier this year, and have now returned to a career in real estate, but this time in Tyler. Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.

These past two years provided an incredible whirlwind of education and growth, both personally and professionally. I witnessed first hand the behemoth that is our American political system, which for all its warts is still a blessing and provides us as citizens the opportunity to make a difference. I was blessed to have met and talked with countless constituents, liberal and conservative, who cared about their country and their communities. In the end, we are an imperfect people, with imperfect leaders and imperfect laws. But humility, grace, and longsuffering go far, and some of my favorite conversations were with those who disagreed passionately with my boss.

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