Earlier this week, I posted a joke about congressmen on Twitter. At the time, I didn’t know about the shooting in Arizona, and I have since removed the joke. It was in poor taste given the circumstances.
While flipping through various cable news stations, I heard a lot of commentators asking if we should do something to change the adversarial tone in politics. I guess the shooter had some problem with Democrats, since the congresswoman who was shot is a Democrat.
Many of the talking heads on TV said politicians should stop calling each other evil, communists, Nazis, racists, etc. The same talking heads would then blame the Democrats/Republicans for starting it, and I would facepalm.
As a science fiction writer, it’s my job to imagine what the world would be like if X happened. I wish our politicians would spend less time criticizing each other and more time fixing actual problems. But what if it really happened? A world without political criticism? Would that be a utopia or a dystopia?
P.S.: Here is the Twitter comment I mentioned in the beginning. Of course, I don’t think it’s funny anymore. “I just had a terrible idea for a super hero: The Adventures of Congress Man.”