Politics became heated in 2011 on so many levels, and people seemed to get frustrated with the entire process. “I love the President,” “I hate the President,”?“I love Obamacare,”?“I hate Obamacare.”
Well, Happy, Happy New Year, world, and welcome 2012! “Another year over, and a new one just begun,” as the old Lennon song goes.
Wow, 2012! I can barely believe it. 2011 was a fast year, with so much going on globally, nationally and locally. Honestly, to me it felt like it flew by.
The one thing, though, that has stuck in my mind, at least what I’ll remember 2011 being the year of, has been the way so many people just seemed really vocal.
Politics became heated in 2011 on so many levels, and people seemed to get frustrated with the entire process.
“I love the President,” “I hate the President,”?“I love Obamacare,”?“I hate Obamacare.” Regardless of what side of the fence you were on in 2011, when people had an opinion, they shouted it out for all to hear.
2011 was a year when entire groups and organizations made definitive statements. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the ol’ voicing of the opinion. I mean, haven’t I urged all of you to do exactly that on a number of occasions?
The use of the voice is a wonderful thing. It allows us to clearly articulate what it is we believe or what we are trying to say.
The problem with 2011, though, was a majority of people weren’t really saying very much; they were simply saying it loudly. Democrats,?Republicans, Independents, the far right, the far left, the tea partiers –– you name it. A lot of what was said was simply a bunch of drivel meant to provoke specific, if not shocked, reactions.
Public speakers enraged people throughout 2011. Their words were meant to scare and to upset. We somehow turned into a nation of people who listened to key words and phrases rather than taking the time to find out the facts all on our own.
2011 had people turning on their television sets and hearing the tail end of an interview on Fox News or CNN. “Did he just say Obama was a Socialist?”?They would ask themselves. “Cause that’s bad, I mean, I don’t want my president turning us all into a bunch of communists.”
Look at those that occupied Wall Street. I get why they were there. Big business is taking from the little guy on a lot of occasions, and people were and are fed up. The issue, though, is that I’m not sure a lot of them knew why they were there.
They just heard people shouting out things that sounded like something cool to get involved in. “Hey, I’m mad at them, dude.”?“Really, OK, so am I.”
For some, it really was that easy. It was like a Pavlov’s dog kind of thing.?The bell rang, and the people followed. And they weren’t entirely sure why.
Ah 2011! People spoke, but not everyone was entirely sure what they were saying. Not a whole lot of what was said actually made much sense. They just used catchy words that other people would then translate into something they should be afraid of.
In 2011, people found their voices. They began speaking out. Amen to that, and keep it up, world. Let’s just hope that in 2012, everyone learns how to use those voices for something other than simply hoping to cause alarm. Let’s hope 2012 is the year of making a valid point.
2012, “The Year We All Made Sense!’
I like the sound of that!
Charlotte Guedry is the Editor of the Gonzales (La.) Weekly Citizen.?You can reach her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.