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The Narrative

I am listening to “I Sniper” by Stephen Hunter. There is a wonderful rant by a character that ends with “And the narrative is the bedrock of their culture, the keystone of their faith, the altar of their church. They don’t even know they’re true believers, because in theory they despise the true believer in anything. But they will absolutely de-frackin-stroy anybody who makes them question all that. …” (The full text of the rant is here ( This rant focused on the media. I believe its wisdom applies to more groups. Also this afternoon I saw a pic on facebook with a quote attributed to Jeff Foxworthy: “If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Democrats demand that those they don’t like be shut down”.

Sigh… quite a narrative. I searched the internet to see if Foxworthy said this, and found that the words are defined a “truth” and are seen as a test of which side of the political fence one is on. Here is the rub. I dislike guns for my own very personal reasons, but I don’t want them banned. I find some talk show hosts to be dangerous idiots, but I’ve never tried to shut them down. I am a Democrat. What gives? Why don’t I live up to the “TRUTH” of Foxworthy’s narrative? The narrative also implies that Republicans are live and let live, letting others live their lives as they see fit. Really?

It is my life’s narrative that this is far from the common reality. In personal paranoid narrative the complete and perfect Republican political state would be a cross between Iran (a theocratic state) and the movie “V for Vendetta”. I was in fear of Bush because of brands of neo-conservative white-washing that reached out to society. Anyway, everyone has a narrative, and the I Sniper quote points out that a true believer of any narrative will protect that narrative at all costs. We have met the enemy and he is us (Pogo). It is the nature of the beast.
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