They're not Snowflakes; They're Blockheads

They're not Snowflakes; They're Blockheads

unsplash-logoNina Strehl

It's time to stop calling them snowflakes. It's time to call them what they really are, a bunch of blockheads.

How do I define blockhead? Anyone past the age of three who still thinks the appropriate way to make his point is to rant and scream and call names and then stops up his ears until he finds people who will tell him what he wants to hear. As they grow up, this turns into safe rooms, and teaching and university faculties that all spout a particular narrative and teach it as the truth.

And as it spills over into politics, it is the shameful movement by various Democrats to boycott the State of the Union Address of President Donald J. Trump.

These are the people who have learned that the world is a certain way, and will not be budged, or even bothered to think about it. These are likewise the haters on the right and the left.

It doesn't matter if the hate is because of skin color, wealth, religion, or particularly in our times, political affiliation. These are the people who automatically impute ill-will to anyone who thinks otherwise, and seek in other people's actions evidence of oppression. And when they find they are being oppressed, they are justified in reacting violently.

This is a recipe for disaster, perhaps even civil war. The more we talk into our own echo chambers, the less tolerance we have for anyone else. The more the other looks like the enemy.

But here's the thing. Do You really think the person who voted for Trump, or Hillary, cares less about his children, than you do? Do you really think he wants to see the US go down the drain? I don't believe it.

The problem is that these narcissistic blockheads vote. And unfortunately they mostly vote for the person who can spend the most money, and who spits back more or less what they want to hear. And as things get worse, each echo chamber knows what to preach to its base to activate it to come out and vote.

And then most politicians end up listening to the money, which has a different interest altogether.

And this is where our preaching and our shouting and our sticking our head in the sand has taken us. It doesn't matter if they are antifa or the KKK; both are more interested in their own victimhood than they are in advancing their society and advancing themselves within it.

It is much easier to hate than to hone your thinking, learn how to listen, and influence, and learn how to take the other's perspective.

And perhaps it's this we must teach. Maybe it's time to stop trying to push certain agendas, and leave instead the conditions in which family and community and personal connection can form and grow.

Maybe it's this that made America great. At our best, we are a community of communities that all respect - more or less - each other. And I know we don't all see President Trump as the standard bearer of this vision, but I think also of what President Bush (43) said, that “the office is always bigger than the person.”

And maybe, just maybe, if we reach across the aisle, we can stop being blockheads and come up with a vision of a great America we can all celebrate.

A Crisis of Meaning/Meanness

A Crisis of Meaning/Meanness

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Let me ask you a question. What do you think about the kid who gets everything he wants, but has nothing but complaints? You know the one. He got a car on his sixteenth birthday (it's the wrong color). He goes to the Caribbean for spring break (he was on the wrong side of the island), Colorado to ski (the snow was so much better last year), and might even made it to Paris in the summer (all it did was rain).

But nothing really makes him happy. He gets too loud, too drunk, too stoned, and if he drives after and gets caught, he'll get bailed out, and complain he can't drive for six months, but probably does anyway.

Now let's take this guy: Single mom, mostly gets enough food, tickled with a new pair of sneakers on Christmas (the rest is hand-me-downs), as soon as he's old enough, takes an after school job so he can have a little bit of spending money, and some of that goes to helping out at home.

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Thank You President Trump

Thank You President Trump

It's really simple, and President Trump got it at least 90% right.

Warning: I didn't feel like helping it. My language has got a bit colorful here. If you are sensitive to mild cuss-words, please refrain from reading further.

I read this New York Times article a few days ago. You'll notice the left leaning hand wringing about this “sensitive issue.” You'll notice the doubts about whether this will help or hinder.

There is no doubt. This will help. If you want to get on with negotiations, you get the “sensitive” issues out of the way. If the other side will not negotiate in good faith, you settle the issues you can, and offer them again to come to the table. If they keep refusing, you keep settling issues. At some point in time, they get it might make sense to show up at the table.

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I Discriminate, and So Should You!

I Discriminate, and So Should You!

We all discriminate. If you claim that you don't, you are a liar. We couldn't function if we didn't. I know that when I am talking to a lawyer, I can talk in a way I can't to a lay person. I categorize, I make assumptions based on the person's license. I use that shorthand to know approximately how I can relate to the person in front of me.

The same when I talk to a two year old. I know he thinks a certain way, and is not yet capable of thinking in other ways.

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It is Official

It is Official

Photo by: Evan Kirby

I've had the website davidherz.org since the summer of 2013. It was always styled Herz for President. For a long time, it's been a soapbox for my political thoughts.

The truth is this campaign has long been a fantasy that I had trouble believing in, especially as I now watch America from more than five thousand miles away. I learned to code websites on davidherz.org. I made plans to grow my site and following, but never properly executed. I thought - probably as many do - who am I to think I can be president? My generation learned in grade school that in America, anyone can become president. We learned it, but it's sometimes hard to believe things like that.

The thing is it doesn't really matter what I think. I'm called to this role. I'm called to this game. I know I'm a long shot, but that's a far cry from a zero. And I like being in this game. It calls me to life.

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