I’m giving most of my space this week to Steve Fischer (see guest column), but I wanted to share a piece I received via email last week. In these upside down times we’re all living through, I thought is was a bit apropos for the times.
The piece read:
I used to be a normal person, now I’m not so sure.
Is this the new normal?
As an individual, I used to think I was pretty much just a regular person, but I was born white, into a two-parent, two gender household which now, whether I like it or not, apparently makes me “Privileged”, a racist, and responsible for slavery.
I am fiscal and moral, which by today’s standards, makes me a fascist because I plan, budget and support myself. I went to school, worked my way “up the ladder”, and have always held a job. But I now find out that I am not where I am because I earned it, but because I was “advantaged”.
I am heterosexual, which now makes me homophobic.
I am not a Muslim, which now labels me as an infidel.
I am older than 65, making me a useless person who doesn’t understand Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I think and I reason, and I doubt much of what the “mainstream” media tells me, which makes me a “Right-wing conspiracy nut”.
I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive culture, making me a xenophobe.
I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual’s merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.
I believe our system guarantees freedom of effort - not freedom of outcome or subsidies, which must make me a borderline sociopath.
I believe in the defense and protection of the United States for and by all citizens, now making me a militant.
I am proud of our flag, what it stands for and the many who died to let it fly, so I stand during our National Anthem - so I must be a racist.
Please help me come to terms with the new me because I’m just not sure who I am anymore!
Until next week, have a good week, and pray we get through Election Day, and however long it takes to count ballots, in one piece.
Mike Probst can be reached at email@example.com.