Scoot: Will the “hate” of 2017 continue into the New Year?

December 29, 2017 - 11:40 am

The year 2017 will be remembered as a turbulent year when America’s political divide grew wider. America’s great divide was reflected daily on our talk show. Passion often turned to hate as if there had been a dismantling of our respected system of freedom of speech. Disagreement was based more on stubborn political territorialism than on logic and was manifested in every aspect of political discourse.

As a radio talk show host with strong opinions that do not adhere to a strict political perspective, I more than witnessed the hate that is part of political debate – I was the recipient of that hate, along with many others.

The act of hating an individual with differing views became a recreational sport in America; and social media seemed to provide a fertile platform for expressing that hate, as well as providing a facility for sharpening the weapon of hate.

What we have lost in America is the idea that the freedom to express opposing views is the foundation upon which this nation was built. The lack of respect for opposing ideas is a threat to all that makes America great.

I love the fact that not everyone agrees with my opinions. I love the fact that we have passionate discussions about the top issues in the news. But I don’t love the new, harsh resentment that accompanies disagreement. I’m sure I’m guilty, at times, of expressing disagreement that borders on hate; but in the end, I do respect opposing views. I don’t have to like them or agree with them, but I do respect the reality that not everyone agrees on everything. Isn’t that something we should always celebrate?

As this year comes to a close, I want to thank all of you who listened to my talk show, watched the daily Facebook posts on WWL Radio and SOTA (Scoot on the Air), and read my blogs. And special thanks to all of you who took time to call and text the show or post on FB. Yes, even those of you who disagreed with me on everything.

I also thank those of you who did listen, even if we rarely or never agreed. You and I were part of a great exercise in the unique freedom we have in America. It is through disagreement – not agreement – that tests the strength of our freedoms in America.

I have been in radio for a long time. Many of you have been with me over the years, and I thank you! This is the best it has been for me – and hopefully for you, as well. Some days are tough and many topics are difficult to deal with, but this is the best part of my career. I enjoy spending every afternoon with you – well, most of you!

I am excited about all the New Year of 2018 will have to offer; and I hope you join me in embracing a fresh, New Year filled with opportunities – but no guarantees.

In closing, I want to quote the lyrics of two of my favorite songs. I love these two songs because of the message of hope.

“Drive” by Incubus:

“Whatever tomorrow brings

I’ll be there with open arms and open eyes.”

And “Closing Time” by Semisonic:

“Closing time – every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end!”

And so it is with the recognition that the end of 2017 invites a new beginning in 2018 that I wish you…..

Happy New Year!


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