Over recent weeks, I’ve tried to refrain from sharing my political views as I don’t see my site here or other social media outlets as the place for me to discuss such things, but with the elections nearing here in the U.S., I have to say, I’ll be glad once they’re over.
I know I’m not alone.
Political campaigns seem to bring out the worst behavior from all sides. Toss in social media and the ability to hide behind a screen, or rant off the cuff before thinking about what your words will cause adds another whole dimension to the spectacle. It’s really been a disappointment on several occasions to watch people behave in such hurtful ways.
I know (as I’m married to a very political animal and hear all about details, whether I’d like to or not) that our election process is very important. Matters will be decided on that affect people personally and professionally. I get it. What I don’t get is the need to resort to name calling and hateful behavior, or to put it bluntly, a lack of manners.
That’s not cool.
When it comes down to it, regardless of who is elected as president, we’re electing one man.
Not a super hero.
Not a saint.
Not a supernatural being.
One man, who will not govern singularly. Thankfully our founding fathers set up a way of government with checks and balances. Sometimes it’s a three ring circus. But, for the most part, it works to balance out any extremism.
I know we all have different opinions about how the world should work. And I appreciate that very much. It makes for a less boring place to live at the very least, doesn’t it? But we can be nice in the process of sharing our opinions. We can be respectful that everyone doesn’t think the same. We don’t have to let our differences be divisive or hurtful.
At least that’s the way I think.
With all of that said, I’d like to take some time over the next couple of weeks to focus on what keeps us united, what keeps us, while individuals, indivisible as a nation. So I’m asking you to share your positive thoughts, and observations about our United States of America and all the things that make us indivisible.
And, for the record, if you want to debate, or hate, or state controversial stuff, go somewhere else to do that. That’s not what this is about here. It’s a free country, right? You’re free to move right along.
Don’t forget to vote!
And remember, be nice.