All right, so a month ago, I was banned from discussing politics by my friend Aaron, seconded by my friend Julius, for the most solid reason imaginable: I’ve become a complete political douche.
I’m a self-declared Independent, but my problem was that capital “I” I started using when describing my affiliation. As my friend pointed out, an independent can start dismissing people’s arguments solely based on their partisan affiliation just as easily as a partisan. That doesn’t make them right or someone to be listened to. If anything, it just turns them into a giant, spiky thorn in the ass that nobody ever takes seriously. Nobody likes a serial contrarian.
So, I was banned. No more sharing articles on Facebook for political discussion. No more making statements for or against anyone…..until I decided where I stood on the issues on my own, without being prompted by an opponent….and made them public.
That was a good month, I’ll admit, a sweet break from over a decade of political involvement. I got to focus exclusively on my own personal development and what-not, but now as several issues – Kony 2012, the Province of Ontario having bad finances, Santorum’s rise to prominence in the GOP race, Iran – start to appear, I’ve been getting the political blue-balls something fierce. On the other hand, I haven’t really look at every single issue or ideology in detail, and can’t be bothered to, what with all the other plates I have to keep spinning in my life at present.
So, this is my political statement. I will remain a small “i” independent, and make my decisions on an issue-by-issue basis. I will ask more questions – honest ones, not just the sneaky Socratic ones – and then decide where I stand as events unfold. And I will ignore who is presenting the argument to me – liberal, conservative, socialist, whatever – in favour of the argument itself. Finally, I will refrain from pointless debates on issues I don’t really care about, just to be cheeky: why waste the energy?
And my first one – in a shameless attempt to garner more hits – will be Kony 2012. Stay tuned!
(Update, on 4/20, oddly enough: nevermind that last part).