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awndray
08-21-2017, 12:10 PM
This week in 1992, I was a first-time homeowner with a young pregnant wife and a baby girl. We spent a Sunday full of sunshine and beautiful weather in downtown Miami enjoying a new music festival tour called Lalapalooza. Life was good.

Then, Hurricane Andrew, a devastating Category 5 hurricane ripped through my community doing billions of dollars in damage and displacing hundreds of residents. The most amazing thing happened in Andrew’s aftermath – Miami, a city every bit as aggressive and confrontational as New York City or Boston, became a haven of manners and goodwill. It was as if the shock of what we had witnessed caused everyone to set aside their prejudice, anger, frustration, and road rage to become a unified community with a common goal towards rebuilding. It only lasted for a short time, but it was something amazing to behold.

So, what does this have to do with the alt-right and the alt-left?

In the week since the horrific killing of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, national debates have erupted regarding the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, Antifa, Confederate memorials, if President Donald Trump can stay on message, and, of course, whether or not the media gives a *poop* about any of it or just want to fan the flames of anarchy and discord to make a few bucks.

If you think back to the day after things took a tragic turn, you might remember the period of national shell shock that gripped America. That same feeling of community fell across the land. For the first time in a long time, my social media feeds were not filled with discontent and bickering. The only same calling was directed at one target – the white supremacists. My friends, left and right alike, shared memes and jokes mocking the white power gang for the ridiculousness of their tiki torches, khakis, and tucked in collared shirts.

Seriously, it looked as if a giant fraternity of guys who worked at Banana Republic and J. Crew had decided to riot because their favorite Hooter’s restaurant ran out of mayonnaise and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.

Along with the humorous memes, there were more somber posts that mourned and memorialized the life of a young American who died senselessly at the hands of an angry madman.

But, then it happened. The spell broke and the lights came on. We collectively realized we were dancing with the devil and doing the unthinkable: agreeing with our political rivals.

Now, I don’t know how the bubble popped, but I suspect it was one of two things. Either the right wing looked around and thought, “Wait, did I just agree with the liberals? This is bull*poop*!” or the left wing looked around and thought, “Wait, did I just agree with the conservatives? This is bull*poop*!”. Maybe it was a combination of the two. Either way, all holy hell broke loose.

Suddenly, we had people defending the Nazis and people defending the Communists and before you knew it, dogs and cats were fraternizing in the streets and the sun was rising in the west and Nickelback songs sounded cool. Then folks began to debate whether or not the Confederate monuments were symbols of hatred or testimonies to a bygone era.

For *shuck*’s sake, in Atlanta, anarchists tried to pull down a statue dedicated to peace and during the melee that followed BLM members formed a circle around the cops the protect them from the Antifa. I’ll repeat that in case you thought it was a typo – BLM members put themselves in danger to protect the cops.

And all of this was well before the eclipse.

Enough is enough.

Is anyone else tired of the outliers and fringe elements of society taking up all the press time? This isn’t how people live, is it? I mean, have you ever greeted your neighbor with something like, “What’s up, Libtard? Have you considered reading a book yet, you uneducated, ill-informed dip*poop*?” or “Yo, Nazi! What’s it like being afraid of facts, you racist asshat?”

No. That’s not how we talk in real life.

I propose a new alliance. A gathering of sorts. Maybe it is high time we all stop bickering and join the alt-middle – a tribe of moderates, centrists, moderate and conservative Republicans, moderate and liberal Democrats, and rational thinkers. Not groupthink or political and social homogeny, but majority of people who willfully reject the antics of their political persuasions’ silliest and most ridiculous members, ignoring them like our drunk uncle at the family barbecue.

Here’s a few suggestions to get us started. Try peppering your online or in-person chats with a few of these conversational gems:

“Interesting. I’ve never looked at it from that perspective.”

“You make a valid point. I might have to rethink my opinion on this.”

“I don’t believe you are correct, but can we table this until I have a chance to do some additional research on the subject?”

“I concede, you may be correct about this.”

“I see your point, but I’m not convinced. I see why you feel that way, though.”

It could be revolutionary. Just tonight, a former platoon sergeant and good friend of mine texted me out of the blue to ask how I was doing and to make sure that I was cool with his provocative comments on my social media pages. I assured him it was fine and that I enjoyed the debate because echo chambers kill minds.

The bottom line is that we don’t have to be *penis*s to one another and we certainly don’t have to let the fringe elements among us drag us all down to the lowest common denominator. It’s killing us.

Consider the alt-middle and let’s make this thing a party.
http://havokjournal.com/culture/alt-right-alt-left-time-come-alt-middle/

FallisCowboy
08-21-2017, 03:34 PM
double tap

FallisCowboy
08-21-2017, 03:35 PM
Good post^^^^! Maybe we can pull back from the long slide down to the abyss.

ilikemoose
08-21-2017, 03:42 PM
The internet is no place for reasonable debate.

Swampdonkey
08-21-2017, 04:27 PM
Good post^^^^! Maybe we can pull back from the long slide down to the abyss.

By returning to the former social order and liberty of 1900.

RangeBob
08-21-2017, 05:34 PM
Atlanta ... during the melee that followed BLM members formed a circle around the cops the protect them from the Antifa. I’ll repeat that in case you thought it was a typo – BLM members put themselves in danger to protect the cops.

Different protest, i.e. not Charlottesville
Good though.

I think it was a lone cop, not cops. And I'm not sure about the level of 'danger'.

Camo tung
08-21-2017, 05:50 PM
That's called a M-ALT. Pour one, sit back and watch the nonsense.

Plinker 777
08-22-2017, 05:53 PM
http://images.memes.com/meme/725180

blacksmithden
08-22-2017, 09:52 PM
I was talking with an old friend tonight. He's got a book that was written about 100 years ago by what some consider a modern day Nastradamus (sp). The woman who wrote it made a lot of very accurate predictions that have come to pass. One of her predictions is that "The 45th president of the United States will be it's last." Guess what number Trump is. I think we're in for a showdown myself.....and quite frankly, a big reset is overdue.

ESnel
08-22-2017, 10:28 PM
You know all our problems would be solved(or at least mine) if the world let me run things :cool:

Joshua13
08-22-2017, 11:54 PM
What's the saying about give everyone a gun and let God sort em out?

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Swampdonkey
08-23-2017, 12:25 AM
What's the saying about give everyone a gun and let God sort em out?

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Are you a Thomas Hobbes fan? Bellum omnium contra omnes?

Joshua13
08-23-2017, 12:36 AM
Are you a Thomas Hobbes fan? Bellum omnium contra omnes?Fan would not be the correct word. I don't know much and of what I do know I like some points more then others. I do enjoy "studying" philosophy and am always interested in learning more.

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Swingerguy
08-23-2017, 02:34 AM
You know all our problems would be solved(or at least mine) if the world let me run things :cool:
If you run I will vote for you. You seem like a stand up guy.:agree: