No, I’m not talking about the sexual preference door, I’m talking about the political sides door. Close it! Lock it! Seal that sucker up tighter than a drum…never to be opened again.
When I was growing up, no one talked about who they were going to vote for. In fact, voting was like this big, secretive, grownup thing, discussed in quiet, reverent tones.
Kids knew which side of the fence their parent’s stood on, and I think most of us aligned our innocent political preferences with theirs, not really understanding the difference between a Democrat or Republican, or a conservative or liberal. Or, God forbid, an Independent.
Perhaps my memory is skewed, but it seemed to me that candidates spent more time building their platforms than they did tearing their opponents to shreds. Letting us know where they stood, rather than trying to make themselves look like the lesser of two evils by digging up every little piece of dirt they could on the ‘other guy.’
I really miss those days. And every time I log into Facebook, or check the trending news topics, I miss them even more.
There is a very definite ‘us’ against ‘them’ mentality in the world today. Specifically in the United States…which is the only political arena I know anything about.
Every day I see so much ugliness from both sides, it just stuns me. Of course when the candidates themselves have taken mud-slinging to the expert level, it’s not surprising that their supporters follow suit.
Instead of just promoting what ‘their guy’ does right, and wants to do, it’s always, always running ‘the other guy’ into the ground.
The saddest thing about it is that so much is taken out of context…
It doesn’t matter which guy I plan to vote for, I check everything out. I refuse to be a party to spreading what amounts to lies about either one of them. And sometimes it truly pains me to have to defend the person I’m not voting for…but honesty is important to me. Maybe more important than anything else.
I wanted to say ‘especially in politics,’ but honesty in politics…yeah. Right.
And for the next couple of months, ugliness will abound. I’m sorry, but the sky has already fallen, as far as I’m concerned. This election seems to have turned into another war between the states. The battle lines are drawn, and people are using hateful words, accusations…and the internet to spread the poison.
All I can hope is that someday…honesty, integrity, and decency will come back into fashion. Because let me tell you, there is only one truth about politicians.
They aren’t your family and friends. Remember that when choosing your sides. Politicians will be voted into and out of office…and frankly, (pardon my French)…they really don’t give a damn about you. So vote your conscience. It’s your right. It’s your duty to yourself and whatever party you choose to support. But they’re not your loved ones. Stop forgetting that.
So put it in perspective. And close the door, for crying out loud! Everyone old enough to vote can probably read and research the issues for themselves. We don’t need anyone to do our thinking for us, thanks very much.
That said, please stop making Facebook, and other social media venues, political hell on earth.