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Peaceful Politics… and all else

argueAh, it’s almost over.  The wait that is.  Here in the United States Facebook feeds are filled with rhetoric, memes, links, and jokes that are all in bad taste toward other candidates.  Yes, I’m talking about election time.  We are about to elect our 45th President, and it is downright ugly.

The divide is more than its ever been, and people seem to have forgotten that our founding Presidents tried to find a common ground.  That isn’t the case any more.  Now it’s a very angry right and a hateful left.  Things have gotten violent in some cases.  It’s almost as if you are no longer allowed to have an opinion because someone will scream at you if it’s different from theirs.

In all honesty we are at a scary point in history.  If something can’t be agreed upon we may end up in dare I say another Civil War.  (Some already claim this is happening).  Thomas Jefferson once said, “Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.”  That was 200 years ago, and it couldn’t be more fitting now.

Part of what makes this country an amazing place is that no matter if you are Black, White, Straight, Gay, Christian, Jewish, or of any other denomination or group, you are ALL American.  So why is it that our passions have gone and made us embarrass ourselves?  Why can’t I sit at a holiday dinner with family or friends, and have a conversation that is rational and respectful toward other stances?

I blame this on the media as a whole.  If you’re watching CNN, Fox News, or any of the other mainstream go tos, you’ve probably only gotten a biased reporting.  I say probably, but we know that’s the case.  The fact is as Americans we have the right to vote, but we have the DUTY to do it responsibly.  Taking someone else’s word for it (media or not) is irresponsible.

So how do you figure out the facts?  They are out there if you look.  Stop voting for Hillary because she’s a Democrat… Stop voting for Trump because he’s Republican.  START voting AMERICAN… if you do your research and feel that either of the above, or a third party are what is best for America, then I encourage you to vote that way, but ONLY if you do your research.  Otherwise you’re just one of the irresponsible angry or hateful ones.

I want a country fit for my children and generations to come, but politics seem to divide us more each time.  I was asked by a friend, “How do you do proper research on the candidates?” The answer is simple.  Click on those links you don’t want to view.  If you’re an avid Left or Right of center person challenge yourself to honestly look at what the other side is offering.  It may irritate you, but you may actually gain a piece of information that your side isn’t giving.

Look, I’m using politics as my main line here, because it is what is happening right now.  But this goes for anything.  No matter how correct you think you are, you aren’t perfect.  No one is.  If you’re sitting there behind a screen sharing “information” about how bad the other side is, then you should be looking at your own candidate’s flaws too.  If you’re constantly on the offense, then no one will ever take you serious.  You will NEVER win an argument or convince someone of your ways because you will seem irrational, and in most cases no one will want to be around you.

I wrote a book a few years ago about arguing, where I presented some facts from both sides of common disputes.  I presented it without bias despite having strong feelings about some of the issues.  Each chapter is introduced and ended with a humorous experience from my own life.  I hope to update it one day soon as it could use an extra fact or two added because of changes in events.

The goal of the book is to find a common ground, or something near common so that we can be civil with each other instead of civil warring each other.  Sure there is a chapter about Conservative vs Liberal, but other arguments (some silly and some serious) are presented as well… Cats vs Dogs, Star Wars vs Star Trek, Religion, Sports, Music.  The list continues on.

NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS is available in print at lulu.com and in digital at Amazon.  Feel free to check it out.

In the meantime, let’s all get along or at least try.  Stop doing things such as “voting for the lesser of two evils.”  That’s still evil.  Stop voting AGAINST a candidate, because if you are doing that, then you aren’t voting FOR someone.  Vote for something in which you believe.    If you aren’t fighting for something you believe in, then you are just fighting because you’re intolerant of other people.

As a side note, yes I AM voting in this election.  I do lean toward one side more.  I have toyed with voting third party.  I’ve taken into account ALL angles and have decided on one that I believe is the correct choice to lead.  I hope this post helps you realize that it is important to negotiate with facts, and not bias.  If not facts, then at least have common sense in your stance.

Wrapping up my rant I’d like to say that those who claim “Third party voting is throwing your vote away,” well I agree and disagree.  I agree because let’s face it… one of the big two will win (at least in this election).  I disagree because if you are voting for someone who isn’t Republican or Democrat, then you are telling the establishment that you don’t like their choices.  I’m by no means saying to do that, but if you are then I don’t believe your vote is being wasted.  Again, research is the key, not what media and others tell you.

I haven’t pushed my view in this post or who I’m voting for, because that would go against everything I’ve mentioned.  Stating my stance would negate the purpose of forgetting outside influence.  I encourage comments below.  Please do not go off on political rants for or against your choice.  Let’s see how civil we can be in a forum, and maybe there is hope for the future.  And with that I say cheers.


Interview with author Rick Pipito about “No, It’s Not. Yes It Is: Arguments”

Q:       What were the challenges in writing your first non-fiction book as compared to your horror novels?

A:         It’s a different approach.  With the horror novels, the stories come to me naturally.  Sometimes in dreams, and sometimes they will just pop in there or I’ll have this crazy idea to run with.  This book was much different.  I used personal experiences from my life to make it entertaining.  Those stories were fun to recall, and make the topic of arguing a little less serious hearted.  The research was the difficult part, and writing a bibliography to go with it is ridiculous.  Thank God my mom actually helped with the sources material.

Q:        So is this not a book to be taken seriously, since you mentioned “a little less serious hearted”?

A:         I think you misunderstood.  Wait, are you starting an argument with me? <laughs jokingly>.  I want people to take a look at arguing and see how ridiculous it is.  People all the time claim that they hate arguing, but they will argue louder than anyone else.  The goal of this book is to get people to see both sides of an argument unbiasedly.  So, yes, it should be taken seriously to an extent.  My humor is just in there to prevent boredom of the reader.

Q: Where did you come up with the title?

A: Actually I can thank my daughter for that one.  When Lana had just turned three years old, she was standing in the kitchen with me and asked why I had thrown out a banana peel.  She knew the answer, but still asked.  I explained that the part you eat is inside the peel, and the peel is trash.  She said, “No it’s not.”  I responded, “Yes, It is.”  And then the conversation went in circles for another 3 minutes.  At that very moment, I knew what my title was going to be, and am so glad that Lana inspired it.

   

Q: What made you tackle the topics in the book?

A:         Obviously I can’t have every single argument in the world in there, but I chose ones that had hit close to home with me at some point or another.  Some others that I threw in like the Star Wars vs Star Trek argument were disputes I had heard other people getting their blood pressure up about.  I tried to choose ones that would be interesting to any audience.  And if you don’t like the chapter, then you can skip over it.  Though I recommend reading each introduction and exit from each chapter, which I explain are events in my life.  Some of those will give you a laugh.

Q:        So this book doesn’t have to be read cover to cover?

A:         Absolutely not.  Like I said, I think you’ll be missing out on some biographical material in my life, but it doesn’t need to be.  If you see a topic that you have disputed at one time or another over (whether you won the argument or not) then I highly recommend you check out what the other side might have been thinking. 

Q:        Basically, you are trying to get the reader to accept a neutral ground, then?

A:         Yes and no.  My goal is to have the reader be able to find a neutral territory to agree upon.  In no way do I want someone to give up the way they believe (unless they are arguing with me.) <laughs>  In all seriousness though people just need to stop telling others that they are wrong.  No one is wrong in most arguments.  There has to be a line of understanding for any resolution to happen.  That is what I want people to see.

Q:        I assume some of these arguments hit pretty close to home?

A:         That’s where I got the inspiration to do this book.  I myself, am very opinionated, but I listed to the other side and try to understand why someone thinks the way they do…. where they get their information…. if they’d change their mind if they had more information from a different source… etc.  I’ve always done research into topics that I will stand up for.  I want to be informed about my beliefs, so I don’t look like a horse’s ass if I try to make a point.  A lot of people won’t do that.  They get information from one source (sometimes even just a friend of theirs) and then don’t look into it further.  It’s sad, but I think more people would agree on things universally if they just took the time to research.

Q:     Would you consider your book a place to get that research?

A:     I present a lot of facts in the book, sure, but there wasn’t space to put them all.  I tried to include major points for arguing a topic.  To answer your question… yes and no.  I hope that someone who is opinionated will read what I have to say and then perhaps do more research elsewhere.  

 Q:     Are there plans to do any more nonfiction type books, or do you have something else in the works?

A:     There is always something in the works.  I’ve got plotlines written out for 5 more novels in my Flesh and Leftovers series, and am currently writing the next installment there.  The graphic novels will always be on the table as I release each of those novels as well.  Then I have a science fiction novel, which will exist in the same universe as the horror novels, but be a stand alone book (Sort of like how the Hobbit is to The Lord Of The Rings.)  But to answer your question… yes.  I actually have two more planned installments in the “No, It’s Not.  Yes, It Is” volumes.  The next one in the works will deal with Urban Legends, and the third will deal with Conspiracy theories.  I’m also co-publishing a poetry collection from myself and my wife, as well as producing a cookbook for my wife’s blog: www.homemadedelish.com

Q:     Wow, that’s a lot on your plate.  Where do you find the time?

A:     I don’t know.  <laughs>  I’d love to be doing it full time.  The ideas keep flowing, and I’ve got way more bouncing around in that noisy head of mine.  I’m afraid if I don’t get them all down quickly, then I may go a little insane.  Maybe I am already. <sigh>  In all seriousness though, I work full time and write a few nights a week.  The bathroom, driving in the car,  and lunchbreaks are really when I jot down or record myself saying what I’m thinking.  Any other time I am constantly in brainstorming mode.

Q:     Thank you for your time.  Do you have anything else you’d like to add?

A:   Thank you.  “No, It’s Not.  Yes, It Is: Arguments” is available in print form on www.lulu.com .  It can also be downloaded for the Kindle at www.amazon.com .  Thanks for all the support to my fans, and continue spreading the word.