Good lord, it’s August already!?  Well, to be honest, I’ve been a bit of a hermit this year on purpose.  The outside world’s been a scary place, and it feels like I can’t turn on the internet (yep, “the news” has become passe’) without seeing all sorts of hate spewing forth.

I just started typing some examples but realized:  1) I can’t make them funny, even in a sarcastic manner, because it’s just that bad.  And 2) I don’t want to run the risk of that sort of thing getting crawled by a search engine.  All I know is,

  • People hate the president.
  • People hate congress.
  • People hate Muslims.
  • People hate Tea Partiers.
  • People hate same-sex couples wanting to marry in California (or pretty much anywhere).
  • Any of the above are destroying our country, our values, our very way of life!

When did ideological differences boil over into outright hatred?  When did republican vs. democrat, or conservative vs. liberal turn into a shootout at the OK Corral?  Or maybe I should say, “when will…” because as the rhetoric keeps getting cranked up on TV, blogs, et. al., it’s only a matter of time before someone out there takes it out of words and into action.  And it won’t be a protest, it won’t be some sign or t-shirt with an offensive slogan.   It’ll be someone with a gun going after a high profile target.  A politican or pundit, most likely.

We’ll be forced to admit, we saw it coming.  “It’s a horrible tragedy,” they’ll say, “but…”

but…

No more “but” anything, people.  Look at yourself.  Look at the message you’re sending.  The ideas you’re embracing.  Is it full of hate?  Probably not.  Is it full of fear?  You know, from the outside, it’s hard to tell the difference.