The Misfits banter a lot. It’s what we do. I won’t lift the veil on the behind-the-scenes stuff too much, but there is an enormous amount of back and forth on a wide variety of issues, only a small portion of which makes its way to the website. Quite a bit leaks out on Twitter, but a lot of it stays private.
Those discussions tend to be political or at least “current events” themed. It’s not the most diverse ideological grouping that one could possible establish (I’m pretty sure that I qualify as the liberal, just by virtue of living in Boston and not owning a gun), but there is probably a lot more disagreement than you might think. There was hearty primary debate over candidates (note: the lone Trumpkin threw a tantrum, stormed off and has now gone totally off the rails), there remains debate over how #NeverTrump or #NeverHillary (or both!) we are, and there is always, always, always quite a bit of back and forth over non-candidate issues.
Don’t ask Rex about suspect-killing police robots…CUZ HE’S WRONG!!! (That’s a joke, everyone)
But, a funny thing has happened over the last couple of weeks. We have been absorbed in some intense, layered and very heated discussion on some very NON-political topics. In fact, you may even go so far as to call them somewhat inane. For example:
Lost in the fun of this nonsense is, what I think, a serious underlying problem: none of us really want to talk about politics. It’s simply too depressing. Here we are, the richest, most advanced society in the history of the world, and out of 350 million people, we have decided that our leader will be either a Cheeto-hued buffoon or a decrepit rape-apologist.
Come November, we are going to elect an aged, uninspired, crooked hack with a lifetime of high-profile, undistinguished public service and despicable personal behavior. She’s got a stale and dated worldview, a seventh-grader's grasp of economics and precious few principles to which she has held firm throughout her political career. And that is the first logical thing that voters have done this year!!! Her opponent, of course, is a morally (and often financially) bankrupt narcissistic mythomaniac with a seventh-grader's grasp of, well, pretty much everything (other than, of course, tapping into the larger-than-assumed vein of rank bigotry flowing through the working class).
Talking about politics these days just isn’t fun. It is impossible to have a discussion without acknowledging the embarrassing state of the American electorate. Sure, we can blame the parties and the media and the establishment and whatever other boogeyman we can think of, but the real truth is that we got these two because they are the ones that the voters chose. And that is a terrible, terrible, thought.
So, we’re tackling some alternative issues instead. Real, important issues, like carrot cake (for the record, I hold that carrot cake was rendered obsolete on the day that the technology first existed to put cream cheese frosting onto red velvet cake.)
Just don’t mention Don McClean.
Just a gaggle of people from all over who have similar interests and loud opinions mixed with a dose of humor. We met on Twitter.