The word tribalism gets thrown around a lot in 2017. It’s part of the holy trinity of political buzzwords, along with “virtue signaling” and “fake news.” In case you need a refresher, “tribalism” is a combination of when people can’t accept others having a different opinion, mixed with the inability to hold “your team” to the same standards as “the other team.” Otherwise known as Twitter, but with real people. IRL.
You already know Joe Rogan had something interesting to say about the topic. Listen to him discuss with fellow podcaster Dan Carlin.
You saw that with Hillary Clinton. There were so many people defending Hillary Clinton. [I had] people saying, “what are you, a right winger now?” No. Hillary Clinton is a f***ing liar. It’s really simple. I’m not saying I like Donald Trump, I don’t. But you can’t just, because you don’t like Donald Trump, ignore the fact that the Clinton Foundation is super f***ing shady. That Hillary Clinton is clearly a liar. That they definitely did something to rig the primaries to keep Bernie Sanders out.
It’s a real problem that we have in this country. Where people are just, “I’m a f’n Dolphins fan! It’s Dolphins to the death!” And they get that way with the Cubs. And they get that way with Democrats and Republicans. You’re seeing it right now where people have an inability to in any way say anything negative about Donald Trump.
Which brings us to this: OPINION: Real Americans are Loyal to Ideas, Not Politicians
A point. Joe has one. You’ve seen it this week; “I Hold Al Franken to a Different Standard Than I’ve Been Holding Roy Moore” Twitter has been absolutely lit. You’ve also seen it over the past eight years with a litany of “how to politicize holiday dinners and shame your old Republican uncle” clickbait. As you get your gingerbread spiced latte in your either grossly offensive or NOT PROGRESSIVE ENOUGH holiday cup from Starbucks.
As a side note, if my smug leftist cousin ever comes through for holiday dinner and started lecturing about health care or immigration reform, the turkey isn’t going to be the only thing with stuffing shoved up its ass.
And no, this isn’t a call to find common ground. For instance, one side respects the sanctity of life. The other thinks the sanctity of life is codeword for “I hate women.” There isn’t much common ground to be had.
But when you refuse to hold your own *side* to any standard, it’s impossible to hold the other side to any standard without sounding like a hypocrite.
Which is what the other side has most likely called you this week.