Trev — Why can’t we just disagree?
Dave Mason once sung "There ain't no good guys, there ain't no bad guys, there's only you and me and we just disagree." If Dave sang that today, depending on who he was disagreeing with, he could be a bully, a nazi, anti this or anti that, and of course, depending on who he's arguing with, a racist. Why do we have to paint with such broad strokes in 2017?
Thursday night I talked about how I think they should move the teachers convention to a time when schools are closed. This way the parents are not inconvenienced when it comes to day care and the kids learning is not interrupted again in November since they already get two days off for Thanksgiving and some schools get off election day. It's a topic that you can either agree or disagree on. You'll have your opinion, maybe you'll call and voice it, then we go on with our lives.
Instead people took to twitter saying I'm anti-teacher and anti-union.
Where in the world would anyone get that out of this? First off I have tremendous respect for teachers who have to not only teach in today's standardized testing environment as well as raise some of your kids, sometimes taking money out of their own pockets to do it. I know this because I have friends and relatives who are teachers, including my sister, and many of them feel the way I do. Many just take the paid time off. I'm also a vested union member, as was my father and grandfather in the FMBA.
But that's the way people are today. You can't just argue a point, there must be an agenda. If you do disagree with someone, you better be the same height, weight, ethnic background, race, and share the same political viewpoints of that person, or you can be characterized as short shaming, fat shaming, prejudiced, a racist, liberal or conservative. How easy it is for someone to simply paint you with that broad stroke than argue your point.
Personally I don't have time for that. I'm not deep enough to advance an agenda. I have one opinion on each topic and that's what I express. You can read into it what you want but at the end of the day it comes down to what Dave sings "It's only you and me and we just disagree."
Please don't dig into Dave's background, I'm sure he had no ulterior motives for writing that other than to have a hit record.
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