The ever widening political climate in America today is the worse I can remember it being. I believe it is being fueled by Social media and the ability of people to search for and find like minded people that will confirm exactly what the person believes without providing a counter point. The sad thing is that this does not only apply to social media. It applies to the media in general. With news organizations like MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and others it is not hard to find vindication in whatever political view you have. No matter how extreme.
In the spirit of full disclosure I must admit that I watch Fox news. As a social Libertarian and an economic conservative I find it hard to find a news channel that I feel is completely nonpartisan.
My thoughts behind this post are simple though. I did not have the opportunity to watch the Super Bowl this year so I did not get a chance to see the "highly controversial" ads that were part of the game. So when I was able to free up time to see them the first thought I had was what is the big deal? Really the two that were so controversial were simply heart warming ads talking about how our country is the "America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere" that Ronald Reagan talked about. How could anyone be apposed to that?
I then started researching the whole thing and it seems that some and I emphasize some Trump supporters feel that the ads were anti Trump and pro illegal immigration. I am sorry folks I just don't see it.
Historically, opposition to immigration in the United States has been racially and religiously motivated in the ugliest, nastiest way possible. Grover Norquist
Take the case of the 84 Lumber company ad. To me it shows a mother and daughter who are in search of a better life in America. They make the arduous trip across Mexico that ends up at the border of America. There is however a wall that prohibits the mother and daughter from reaching their dream. They soon see that there is a way past the wall in the form a door that opens and lets them in with the ending text over of "The will to succeed is always welcome here."
My perplexity about how this could be anti Trump comes from the fact that I am supporter of his. I remember his speech where he said “Trust me, we are going to build a wall, We’ll have doors in that wall but they’re going to come through illegally." So how could that ad be anti Trump? How could it be anti anything? View the full ad bellow.
Now on the other extremely controversial ad, the Budweiser ad. That one let me tell you is so offensive that I hesitate to bring it up in this post. I do hope you picked up on the sarcasm there.
This one is the story of a German immigrant who also has a troublesome journey for a better life. The video takes place in the mid 1800's (about the same time my own ancestors came from Germany) and is the story of Adolphis Busch and his trip to St. Louis. Again I wonder what the controversy is in this ad that you can see bellow.
This ad again shows how people who want to come to America, be successful and work at it can achieve what they want. Nothing anti Trump here either. So where is the outrage coming from?
It is relatively easy to understand where it comes from. It comes from the exaggerated political climate that is going on today. There are a large number of people out there who want to stop Trump from achieving what people elected him to do. That then fuels the other side of the debate.
That side of the debate will look at anything that is put out as a possible way being in opposition to the President. Even if these beliefs are unjustified they sill want to make sure that their voices are heard. They will not be pushed around or silenced any more. Thus the outrage.
Although I don't share in the outrage that caused people to speak out about these ads I do share in the fear that people are trying to silence anyone who supports Trump. This election was not about anything other than the middle class being told to shut up, pay your taxes and don't make any noise. You are all "deplorable". But to be outraged by these ads is nothing more than that in reverse. The people who are protesting these ads are trying to silence someone who they believe are on the opposite side.
I also am completely at a loss about the Budweiser ad. This ad depicts a person who is coming into the country by completely legal means. Someone who worked hard to achieve a dream, to grow a company and to help others through building a business. Being a person who loves this country and everything it stands for I find it hard to understand how someone could be "offended" by this ad. I love the diversity of America. I love learning about other cultures. Not from reading books or watching videos but from the people themselves. I like to hear them tell me about their countries about life there and all of it. So I do get upset about those who completely want to stop any immigration into this country.
I do however have a theory about this though. I don't think that this "outrage" is legit. I don't think there is outrage at all. I have many several conservative friends on my Facebook and Twitter feeds. Not one of them, I mean not one has expressed any form of outrage over either one of these ads. I even have a couple who I consider to be extremely conservative and nothing from them either. So who is outraged?
I can't answer that. But what I do believe is that people have to use their heads in political debates. I don't think that the first person who started the hashtag even watched the video. I just think that they heard about a Budweiser ad about immigration and decided to "do something about it".
In my post Trying To Stay Positive In Today’s World Climate I talk about how hard it is for a person who is Bipolar to keep a positive outlook in this climate. It shows how the two extremes can affect a person who has a problem with extremes and things like this exacerbate those problems. But I have decided to try to find the positive side in things, to point out the positive in these things. The positive in this argument is that there is not argument. This is just a few people on the extreme of a political view being falsely outraged over nothing.
The thing I ask of you is to not tolerate the extremes on any cause. The extremes from the left who want to take to the the streets and protest anything that is being done. And the extremes on the right who just simply do not use common sense to justify their outrage over nothing.
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I am a certified webmaster who has lived a life dealing with bipolar depression. My goal is to not only help others dealing with bipolar and depression but to help those around them to understand what is going with their loved ones. I write about how I deal with it and hope that it inspires you to understand that you don't have to let it control you. You control it. I write the way I talk. I want you to feel like I am talking with you in a conversation, not preaching at you in a way that makes you feel like you have to do what I tell you. I hope you enjoy my blog posts about not only bipolar but all things that I write about.