Politically Homeless - What Is Happening To Us?
Real people, real letters, real problems, no solutions.
Politics these days have become so divided and divisive that it’s become the norm to view the other side of the aisle as “the enemy”. People are being told to “pick a side” and that there’s no room for middle ground. We here at Phetasy believe that there are a lot more people in the middle than politicians and the media would have us believe.
We’re collecting stories from the ever growing number of people who are finding themselves Politically Homeless and posting them here on Substack. If you have moved from conservative to liberal, or liberal to conservative, if you feel you’ve stayed in the same place and your party has swerved drastically away from you, if you had a moment that awakened you to the insanity and hypocrisy on both sides, if you keep your mouth shut anytime a political topic comes up because you’re afraid your opinion will cause you to lose friends or your job, you’re not as alone as you might think.
Our goal is to shine a light on people’s earnest, individual experiences and show them they’re not alone.
Some letters have been edited for clarity and brevity. If you’re politically homeless and would like to share your story, please email us at email@example.com. All submissions will remain anonymous.
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I’ve always been a registered Independent. Coming from a family of Democrats, I leaned left, but their were certain policies I didn’t agree with and depending on the condition of the my country, state or county, I would split my ticket.
It was a wonderful and freeing place to be, both politically and socially. When political discussions popped up, I listened and others listened to me. I had some friends and relatives where certain subjects or policies were not brought up. We called these people “passionate” in their belief about that particular topic, and smiled. They were still our friends and family.
Those days are gone. Almost any subject evokes a “passionate” response. Most of the time it isn’t even about the subject matter. It’s about being “on the other side”. Everyone is on a team and they REALLY want to know which team I am on. If I say I’m an Independent they ask questions about current events to see if I’m really “those people”. If I answer unfavorably, I’m judged and sometimes discarded.
What is happening to us? We have always been a country that finds common ground, whether it be sports, entertainment, music… anything. Now we look for our differences and cross others off our list.
The people I disagree with most politically are still some of the people I count on the most and they count on me, but these are friends and family and the rare new friend who doesn’t like politics at all. Most now turn their backs rather than accept political differences as just a fact of life. It’s time to be less passionate and more accepting…or is it too late?
I’m so glad you’re doing this.
Thank you, Bridget. You’re wonderful.
Some letters have been edited for clarity and brevity. If you'd like to share your story, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions will remain anonymous.