I have been cautioned about not introducing politics, debate or inflammatory rhetoric into my website or blog. Why alienate consumers or potential readers, the thought process goes. They don't need to know how you feel about today's climate to enjoy one of your works. This, of course, flies in the face of every lesson about social media and remaining "engaged" with readers, but never mind that. I was helpfully being told to, essentially, "pipe down".
Anyone who knows me would never shush me, or even raise a warning index finger to their lips. I am decades away from being a child, but being reprimanded means I will only get louder, more profane. Ask my husband. I am not proud of the fact that I have become a pariah at a party, but it is what it is. I will not nod blankly as someone offers, "Now, Rodney you have to admit, Trump HAS done some good things." To say nothing is endorsement. Of course, I would never yell "Fire!" in a crowded theatre...nor am I going to let anyone else get away with it.
We reside in this odd new world where everyone's opinion matters, even when it clearly does not, yet I disagree with complicit silence, as much as I disagree that one must always yield to their elders. I was raised to open the door for someone burdened, my senior or infirm and I don't require their political posture to do so. I offer "thank you" and "you're welcome" and "good afternoon" without demanding to inspect a Voter's ID. But I have also learned that my elders must earn actual respect. Simply living a bunch of years connotes neither wisdom nor kindness...now, more than ever. I see long-submerged anger and bitterness festering, bubbling to the surface...the angry, wizened faces who are voting against their own interests becaue fear has been fanned...or the "single issue' voters who chose insanity over IQ because this White House promised to erect a wall, halt abortions and silence a black man's symbolic gesture in the name of patriotisim...I will not lower my own voice to placate a few who wouldn't enjoy my writing, anyway.
If you don't like me, you won't like what I create, so it's really not a conversation worth having.