Some people become filled with a self-righteous satisfaction when they toss a loaded insult in the direction of someone.

I bet if ten random people from around the country were asked to write down as many derogatory names as they could think of in one minute, there may be a few similarities on the combined lists: Deplorable and Snowflake.

Thank you, politics, we are forever reaping the benefits of your angry, “I’m right and you’re wrong” speeches.

If there is one thing the right and left have in common it is that neither side has learned from the history of name-calling and prefer to ride the wild horse of defense.

Both Trump and Clinton took their opponent’s choice insult and plastered it on campaign signs.

Proud Member of the Basket of Deplorables, or, Nasty Women Vote!

It’s not new. We take what our enemies say and twist it into a rallying cry. Throughout history, disenfranchised groups have taken the slanderous names they were given and henceforth wear the label as a badge.

This is not always the case, but in many situations it is true and the even sadder truth is that we do not learn.

We are resilient in that we take a knife out of our hearts and sharpen it, place our force behind it and drive it into our opponent. But, all we’ve done is deepen a wound.

It seems that political parties— in particular a bi-partisan nation— are two transformers constantly equipping themselves with more weapons for battle, never sitting for a conversation, a damn solution.

Trumpkin, teabagger, snowflake, libtard! Aren’t we all so creative?

I’ll admit, I’ve indulged. I’ve said %&#@%$$* under my breath before while reading an article or have thought a few of those words after having regrettably engaged in a “political” conversation.

But, what this tense political climate has boiled down to for me is a study of humans.

I’ve become baffled by the human species— we thrived in the Enlightenment, developed airplanes so we can be like birds... we are all jealous of them, and we can write novels that engage every human emotion and cause us to forget about the world around us.

But, we can’t figure out that name-calling (what we tell our children never to do) doesn’t do anything but widen a divide.

And, we do it in the face of democracy, an ideal that urges us to want what is best for everyone. Ideal is the key word.

I know the issues in our political system go far beyond name-calling. I just wonder if we can ever remember we all have something in common—we are fighting for the same country. And, we act like children.

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