This is what my son put on his FaceBook page and it made me proud (language - Sorry it was never something I made a big deal of in our house): "If you interact with me on any regular basis, you are aware that I am interested in the politics and policies that drive this and other countries. If you allow me to, I will gladly talk anyone who will listen’s ear off about the ACA, climate change, the proper role of the Federal Reserve, the need to drop the arcane and outdated rules that allow the voice of the few to override the voice of many in Congress, the strong need for better oversight and control in our electoral process, etc. etc. etc. the list goes on. Despite this, I will not be attending the Democratic caucus today as I earnestly cannot decide which of the two candidates would be a better choice for this country (feel free to debate me on this point as well as I have much to say on it). But I would like to use today, caucus day in Washington State, to use my social media soap box to talk about a different kind of politics that now seems to dominate our public conversation. When it comes to complex issues like the economy, health care, and climate change, I do not fault anyone for taking a stance opposite of mine, because those issues are very large and very hard to understand and comprehend. It is in that space that I love to debate, because there is much to debate about; I love to share my views as well as I can and I love to let others educate me on their position and beliefs. All of us, even the true experts, constantly have much to learn in those areas. But there is another class of issues that are so asinine, so simple and so toxic that I have found myself actively ignoring them, not because they aren’t important (they are easily the most important issues facing the USA today), but because the debate itself just bores the hell out of me. I often feel quite bad for myself by not engaging with others on those issues, because many of my friends and family are affected by them directly, and if we are silent we might as well be on the other side. So to that end, I want to make absolutely clear where I stand on these boring but terrible issues, but I feel as if I can only debate them in the terms and phrasing that I believe is appropriate for them. I will attempt to distill a nuanced policy position into three simple words: “go fuck yourself”. If you feel as if 1.6 billion Muslims are somehow to blame or need to collectively apologize for the actions of a radical group of about 10,000 people primarily located halfway around the world, go fuck yourself. If you think that the influx of Mexican immigrants to this country is resulting in any kind of major increase in violent crime, go fuck yourself. If you think women don’t deserve equal pay and social equality, as well as the right to govern what occurs inside of their own bodies, go fuck yourself. If you think it is OK to roll back decades of progress for LGBT rights and tell people what bathroom they can use based on what you think they have going on inside their pants, go fuck yourself. If you look at hundreds of thousands of people forced to flee their home due to war and terror and monstrous things as “too risky” to allow into your country, go fuck yourself. If you think more than 1 mass shooting in the USA per day is an acceptable amount of casualties and that the problem will not be mitigated greatly by a responsible and simple approach to gun rights, go fuck yourself. There are many approaches to debating these issues. All have been debunked thoroughly by facts and statistics. But facts and statistics are not the appropriate response when the claim itself is too ridiculous to warrant a debate. The debate has ended, “go fuck yourself” begins now." I am so proud of the son I raised.