Discussing Politics with a Pigeon
There is an old internet adage,
Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with a pigeon… No matter how good you are the bird is going to shit on the board and strut around like it won anyway.
In this modern world of dealing with conservative dissonance and Trumpflakes, there are more pigeons than ever that are destroying the pieces and strutting around the board.
It really does not matter what the topic is; they know all the answers, have all the facts (any facts that disprove theirs, of course, is “fake news.” Sad.) and have reached an unshakable conclusion that no amount of facts will sway.
Affordable Healthcare. (peck, peck, strut) socialism. Even though they have no clue how it works, that there are mountains of proof showing that states who expanded health care are seeing lower costs than states that did not.
Gun Control, (peck, peck, strut) tyranny. More Americans die in a year from gunshots than from Islamic Terrorists killed since 9/11.
Obama, (peck, peck, strut) Kenyan Muslim. President Obama probably was the greatest president of the last quarter century, but Faux News and the spin zone of Beck, Limbaugh, and O’Reilly (gasbags at politics) has convinced them of the very opposite.
Hillary (peck, peck, strut) criminal. She has probably been the most investigated public figure in the last twenty-five years. Not once have they found anything beyond innuendo. But her emails.
Trump (peck, peck, strut) savior. This man has bankrupted every business he started, yet to them is a businessman. He has been married 3 times yet is a good Christian family man. His family produces most of their products in Mexico and China, yet he is going to make America great again. Somehow.
These are seniors that will vote for candidates that want to end Social Security and Medicare. Teachers that vote for candidates that want to cut education. They are single issue voters that will elect any tyrant, so long as he or she shares their views on that one issue.
Once you look at the chess board and clean up the mess, you can only come to one inescapable conclusion:
No matter how much logic and proof you bring to a political discussion with a member of the Reich Wing, they will become the Pigeon you play chess with.
So why even try?
I used to enjoy political discussions with the far Reich wing. Under the hopes that a Libertarian or a far-right Republican will see the light. But it has never happened. Their logic is circular if it exists, they will decry any proof you offer as “fake news” and then call you everything from snowflake to soft on (insert topic) liberal.
I have stopped trying. You will never reach them.
Instead, I am doing my best to convince those around me that share my views, or at least are independent thinking and open enough to the facts to convince.
There are plenty of people out there that can be convinced. We are not going to win congressional or state seats by arguing with parishioners at the First Church of the Tea Party. We are not going to save the ACA, save Social Security or Medicare or even save our nation by wasting our valuable time and oxygen on those that will not see reason.
Let them stay in their tiny and ever-shrinking bubbles convinced of their righteous cause.
We have a nation to save