At Least He Tells the Truth - The Blake Ashby Podcast

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It’s Hard Being a Moderate in Today’s Political Environment

October 4, 2020

For somebody who is generally middle of the road and moderate, it’s been really hard to be on social media recently.  

I have friends across the political spectrum.  Intellectually, I understand why some of my friends supported Bernie Sanders, though I don’t agree.  Intellectually, I understand why some of my friends are supporting Trump, though I don’t agree.  But what’s hard is when friends on either side say things that make me think they have put their rationality and skepticism into a box until after the election is over.  

I have smart friends on the left that insist that the protest movement doesn’t dehumanize cops.  And I have smart friends on the right that insist that hydroxychloroquine really works. I’m not even sure what to say anymore.  

How could anyone possibly argue that the protest movement isn’t dehumanizing cops?  ACAB stands for “All Cops are Bastards”. And how could anyone defend hydroxychloroquine as a viable treatment?  It started as a lie, a bald faced lie, completely made up, with no basis in reality.  

So its really hard to be on social media right now.  People on the right furiously attack anything that points to Trump’s incompetence.  People on the left furiously attack anything that seems to question their movement.  And those of us in the middle can’t wait for the madness to pass so we can get back to having conversations instead of shouting matches.