Wednesday, April 27, 2022

A Plea for Asylum from the Culture Wars

At The Liberal Patriot, John Halpin puts in his application:
"To: Department of Homeland Security, Political Sanity Division
To Whom it May Concern:
As sensible but politically displaced citizens, we request internal asylum from America's never-ending culture wars. We don't care about Disney or Ron DeSantis or CRT or “groomers” or the Trump family or radical activists on Twitter. We seek refuge from daily assaults on our sanity from ideological warriors on the left and right. We come in peace and offer America our full commitment to equal dignity and rights for all and tolerance of different perspectives and practices.
We believe America has serious issues to address like inflation, energy security, immigration, violent crime, poverty, affordable housing, drug addiction, environmental decline, China, and that psycho in Russia. All we ask is that our nation’s political elites try to help us confront these larger problems in a serious manner and stop trying to impose their personal ideological and moral views on everyone else.
All of us would just like to go about our daily lives, enjoy time with family and friends, and pursue meaningful political activities for the good of the country. But no one sitting atop the commanding heights of our cultural and political institutions seems to listen or care, so here we are.
America just a few short years ago was still a land of “Live and Let Live” and “Don’t Tread on Me.” Americans in the past may not have seen eye-to-eye on many issues, but few resorted to calling each other “hateful bigots” or “pedophiles” as a matter of course. Few people tried to force their entire belief systems on everyone else—through the media, the schools, the legislatures, or the courts. People mostly respected individual rights and the diversity of American backgrounds and viewpoints."

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