Politics – Are We Doing It Wrong?

politicsLet’s face it — the discussions on the social media sites, mainstream media, and various lunchroom or water cooler discussions are tiresome at best, and going further – they are downright painful.

I appreciate and applaud everyone’s enthusiasm for their selected candidate.  Enthusiasm and promoting the candidates we like or admire is a positive activity and can even be discussed with those who have selected a different candidate and are just as enthusiastic about their own selection.

These days there is very little talk about the positive attributes of a candidate, but there is a poop-storm of discussion about the negative aspects of the opposing candidate.  Is it possible that we have two candidates running that have too few positive traits to champion?  I can personally agree that this particular election has produced the worst candidates I have ever seen or could even imagine, and I am not looking forward to voting for either of them, although I do believe it is our duty to vote.

But the disturbing thing I see at this point is the propensity to illuminate every negative thing for the opposing side instead of highlighting the positive aspects of the candidate we support.  Make no mistake — I acknowledge that there is a lot of mud to sling these days.  But this activity goes even further — at this point we are pointing our fingers at each other and defining each other in ways that are unkind, overtly biased,  and mostly inaccurate.

We are Americans.

We are citizens of the United States of America.

We  have free elections and we may not agree on the outcome, but we are all Americans first.

The presidential candidates pale in comparison to the importance of the citizens of this country.

I have heard or read so many comments  characterizing those who support a particular candidate as stupid, uneducated,  and furthermore these poor stupid uneducated people don’t even understand their own religion.

This is not true of the majority.

I have also heard some of our citizens called libtards, tree huggers, and socialists.  They are regarded as people who want the government to giantly expand and do everything for us.  Hand out, hand out, hand out…

This is not true of the majority.

If someone supports a candidate other than the one you have selected, that does not make them wrong.

It makes them different than you.

Why are we so quick to presume that someone with a differing opinion is flawed or seriously misinformed or confused?  Is it not possible that the person we are referring to has given their decision careful thought, prayed for guidance, educated themselves and made the decision they made the same way we made our own decision?

How smug we are to presume anyone who makes a different choice is misinformed and stupid.

How quick we are to feel intellectually superior because we think we are right.

We’ve got some big problems.  Both parties have let us down by failing to groom candidates who can be trusted, or believed in.  It is embarrassing.  We have intelligent, passionate people in this country.  Why are we not propelling the best of the best into these  positions that require the highest ethics and the ability to reach across party lines to unite and take care of business?

Why?

Is it required that anyone who is in the political system must maintain their status and climb the ladder using the unseemly tactics of those we have seen lately?   To think that is incredibly cynical and basically giving up.

Is it too naive to think that we as united citizens of this country can stand up and say “enough!” — send us more qualified candidates?

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