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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.
thank you!!! I can hardly stand Facebook right now for the negative comments.
I like you already…..thank you for your kind and diplomatic statements concerning social media and politics. I am looking forward to hearing all the positive voices to come as a result of your post! Well Done!
Excuse me Sweetie.
You’re not talking about the time I tweeted “If you don’t wipe that SMIRK off your face I’m going to SMASH the t.v. in!” are you?
I was just kidding. Pinky Promise. 😉
Well said. I am right there with you … a certain someone is all about the election and the debates so I hear all of it two-fold!!
What a positive and uplifting post!! Love to read this Amy! Sharing now!
where is the ‘love’ button and can i hit it a million times over??? i will never, ever understand the need to belittle, threaten or bully ANYONE at ANY time – including during elections – when this behavior seems to escalate. it saddens me that in 2012 it’s come down to this – from all sides. i may not always agree w/my peers but i will always, ALWAYS treat my peers w/respect. and i’m totally about being FOR something rather than AGAINST something – in this case – bad behavior. so yeah, count me in to spread ‘indivisible!’
Your post is right on the money! I’m proud to be American!
Great Idea! We do need to celebrate all that we can and have achieved while working together and stop playing games with politics.
Love this Amy. Amen and amen and amen. (Sorry, just catching up on blog posts today!)
I love this idea, Amy. Not long ago, I said something on twitter about Donald Trump being a bully. I would have said that no matter whom he’d made his “offer” to. It got retweeted by someone that led to me getting a lot of nasty replies, and it shocked me how many people think that the president ought to be Superman (or woman) and solve all our problems. That he or she ought never to have EVER made a mistake in their lives, college or otherwise. What is wrong with our society that this is the ideal we hold our president to? One of the greatest minds to form our great union, Ben Franklin, was a womanizer, had a child out of wedlock, and loved a good beer. Can you imagine if we were trying to form the US today? No one would ever let him speak, let alone allow him to be part of a cabinet or advisory committee. How did we get here?
I, for one, think we are a wonderful country, full of fabulous individuals, left or right leaning as they are. When we compromise, we work miracles. I mean, I’m seeing it in New Jersey right now. Thanks again for a fabulous idea.