I May Be An Anti-Trumper, But I'm Growing Numb To Your Anti-Trump Rants

Hey, everyone. Can we tone it down just a little bit? I'm talking about the anti-Trump stuff. I get it. You hate him. I didn't vote for him either. 

But here's the feeling I'm starting to get when everything I see is a constant barrage of anti-Trump negativity: numbness.

Did you get that? Not happy. Not sad. Not mad. Not disgusted. Numb.

I can't imagine that I'm the only one. Yet the man has only been in office 100 days. How many more will be numb to the criticism when you need them to listen the most? Like an actual major scandal? Or, let's say, October of 2020?

And here's the thing: I agree with you! I am on your side! If I feel this way, how do you think someone you are trying to convince feels?

You are trying to convince others, right? Or is this just a little show you're putting on for yourself and your friends?

"We can't normalize this," you say. Then you repeat it again. "We cannot. Normalize. This."

Then you say it again. And again. And again.

You know what is becoming normal? You making a big deal about anything and everything. Which leads me to my point. I like a good fresh piece of information aimed at taking the guy down a notch just as much as the next guy. But you can't operate on outrage mode 100% of the time, all day, every day, and expect people to listen to you. 

Case in point? How about a daily browse of Slate? What used to be an interesting, albeit left-of-center read, has become a daily call to alarm. Look, the Russia stuff, I get it. The ineptitude, I'm aware of. The bluster and attitude embarrasses me as an American. But just today you hear how Trump's incorrect history on the Civil War isn't just wrong, but dangerous! Trump's healthcare bill won't just be bad, it will be an unmitigated disaster!  The drama!

Meanwhile, over at The Daily Beast, we learn that Stephen Colbert didn't just go after the president with his now infamous monologue, but that he demolishes him with it.

Did he really? Is that what really happened? He was demolished?

It's all so loud, so much of it for show, and worse yet, often not new at all. 

Let me put it to you in terms you might understand: Fox News. You hate Fox News, right? So do I. Totally partisan. Do you believe Fox News anymore when they say they have a "Fox News Alert!"

"Absolutely not," you say. "They say it all the time and don't usually deliver anything new. Nobody believes them anymore."

I know exactly what you're saying.

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