I like to read the comments section of news articles on the web. I find it interesting to see what other people think after reading the same article. Usually I find myself saddened by all the vile hate that is spewed at people who disagree with each other. Are people that hateful and upset with their own lives that they feel the need to say such horrific things to each other? Or is it the relative anonymity of the internet that allows people to shake off the mantel of civility? Are we doomed to continue this great divide until the fabric of our society is threatened?
Today I was sent the link to a blog post on HillBuzz written by a self described, “bunch of gay Hillary guys in Boystown, Chicago.” Not a blog I have ever read or heard of, but I was drawn in by the title of the article, Thank you former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. What I found there moved me deeply. These men have written a wonderful tribute to the former President and First Lady and recognized that they wrongly believed the hateful vitriol published by the Main Stream Media over the last 9 years. Shocked and impressed with their writing, I moved on to read through some of their 500+ comments posted below.
I sat, stunned, reading hundreds of comments for way too long because I was surprised by the warmth of the readers. It is very unusual to find a well written blog with comments in the hundreds that are not only civil, but respectful of each other. I was not the only reader to notice the effect this blog post was having on the visitors to their site. Comment after comment stated how this heartfelt post gave them hope for our country. That after all of the name calling divisive years that seemed only to get worse, people were waking up and thinking for themselves once again. And recognizing the similarities in all Americans rather than focusing on the differences.
My hat goes off to HillBuzz for filling me with hope that our society can overcome the hateful rhetoric pushed by so many with an agenda and see each other as simply Americans.