Kevin’s Conversations: Battle Fatigue
This is a serious charge and would have all kinds of implications if true, especially if it was done somehow in an illegal fashion.
As I am concerned with the affairs of my own country, I do have a substantial interest in whether or not this charge is true. Did Obama potentially abuse his powers in a grievous fashion, or is this another case of Trump of doing or saying something outrageous without much substance to it? This time with decidedly higher stakes than when insulting the physical appearance of a rival campaigner or claiming the largest inauguration crowd in history.
I look at the headlines on mainstream media and I see accusations of Trump making charges with no evidence whatsoever. That he is just upping the stakes on his circus act. I see my liberal friends on Facebook latching onto these stories and espousing the idiocy of Trump. Contrarily, I see my conservative friends on Facebook posting a bunch of stories from conservative media saying that there is all kinds of evidence and substance to Trump’s charges. I see them vilifying Obama for lowering himself to such sickening levels. I see the back and forth arguing.
The liberals are convinced that Trump is just making it all up and they have their relied upon news sources that tell them as much. News sources which they know are immensely more reliable than those wacko conservative new sources. They know those conservatives who have been obsessed with Obama are just at it again.
The conservatives are convinced that there is much proof to Trump’s allegations and they have their relied upon news sources that tell them as much. News sources which they know are immensely more reliable than those alarmingly compromised liberal news sources. And they know those liberals who are obsessed with Trump are just at it again.
I am hit with an overwhelming feeling of fatigue in trying to find and understand the truth this time around. To be honest, I have read up very little on the wire tapping issue. I just have not had the energy or ambition. Because finding out the truth on these types of things can so often be just so darn hard these days. Forget about finding the ultimate truth on the matter, because just trying to find the impartial facts and information is difficult enough. I just don’t feel like going through that ringer again.
We are awfully divided in this country right now. And we are seemingly always so ready to believe whatever our own side feeds us and so ready to dis-believe anything that comes from the other side. We have made things so much harder on ourselves by our penchant to dig in our heels and fight rather than having inclinations to sit and listen and trying to understand and being willing to even compromise at times. Harder by so often seeing the other side as the stupid and immoral enemy rather than those with differing opinions from whom we may actually learn something from time to time. Harder by becoming so certain about so many things, some of which we’d probably be better off not being so certain about.
I am just not up for another round of this dreck. I don’t have the drive to get involved in this one. I resign myself to not being able to speak credibly about the subject because I haven’t learned enough about it. Even the very little I have said here, I am sure some will take issue with because I am misinformed or under-informed. I don’t know if my attitude is right, but this is where I’m at right now. I will claim “no opinion” and hope that in the end the truth of the issue will come so strongly to light that it will be undeniable from either side. And above that, that something strange and miraculous happens and the people of this country somehow learn to treat each other with greater respect and dignity as they discuss and work through the issue.
The sad thing is, at least from my vantage point, the Christians in this country don’t do any better at dealing with these things. I think Jesus spoke some words that may just help us. You might recognize them.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”