…are like Church and State: they should be kept separate.
Why? Because like with Gamergate, the Hugo Awards, and the vitriol that I sometimes hear at public gaming areas, one side gets pissed and starts yelling at the other side, or even persecuting one another, or feel like they’re being persecuted.
It happens. I’ve seen it happen. Suddenly what’s a friendly game between friendly people goes to hell-in-a-hand basket once somebody realizes that somebody else a different viewpoint of politics than they do.
When somebody starts going off about the evils of government spending, I’m inclined to agree. But I also know government spending can be a great thing if spent wisely.
Take a look at the Marshall Plan after World War II. That benefited Europe, pulled up the American Middle Class, and the government even got the money back through taxes.
Or concepts like the Velocity of Money, and Procession.
But why say anything? They won’t listen. I’ve been shouted down/chided/and ridiculed too many times at the gaming table just because I’d say something that might be just a little bit different, maybe even a little more positive than the person who wants to gripe politics.
When somebody wants to gripe to be about the hypocrisy and corruption of a given politician, I want to tell them: “I want my politicians be hypocrites. I want them to flip-flop on the issues or don’t do what they say.”
“It’s the white knights–and that be quite literal–you’ve got to really worry about. The ones who won’t compromise. The supposed incorruptible who don’t see the planks in their eyes. The ones who tell you exactly what they want to do.”
Sometimes I wonder if certain segments of the constituency take politics more seriously than the politicians do.
And I also know many of those who want to share their politics really don’t want to listen to yours. And what’s worse, they don’t bring any new insight to the table–just a bunch of parrotted slogans which can be summed like this: Liberals bad. Conservatives bad. You might throw in something about racism, abortion, or even socialism in there, but that’s pretty much the discourse.
And both sides just love pointing out the hypocrisy of the other. God I hate those internet memes. “See! See! I passed a long a meme with Kermit drinking tea! That’ll get’em!”
Liberals. Conservatives. Democrats. Republicans. The Right fears the fascism of the Left. The Left fears the fascism of the Right.
Did you know that the Right can become so conservative that it turns into the Left? And the Left ends up being the side resisting change?
“They’re threatening our democracy!” Really? Have you looked up “democracy” in the U.S. Constitution?
“But the Founding Fathers said…” Really? Do you know the story behind the Great Seal? The Treaty of Tripoli? Have you taken a glance at the Federalist Papers? Or the Jeffersonian Bible?
Here’s what really irritates me:
Why do some people think the perfect time to discuss politics is when people are pushing around little miniatures in a tabletop wargame or pretending to be an elf or wizard in a RPG?
Really? You think that’s the perfect time to bring up Obamacare, Global Warming, the Syrian Civil War, Hillary’s tyranny, Trump’s fascism, ISIS, Russia’s nuclear program, the ongoing mass extinction, sheeple, and so on, and so forth, and the latest tragedy of the week?
Really? At a gaming table you think you can make a difference without pissing people off and ruining a good time? And without having people resist you and getting pissed off yourself?
Are you at the tabletop to rile people up or to forget your politics and problems for a while and have fun?
Just think it about it.
“Whatcha got ain’t nothin new. This country’s hard on people. You can’t stop what’s coming. It ain’t all waiting on you–that’s vanity.” —No Country for Old Men (2007)