“Ahhhh… election year. That magical year when friendships suffer because people love their soapboxes too much! Count me out, please.” ~Claire A.
When I was younger, I remember my parents being very guarded about their political affiliation. To this day, I can’t tell you for sure whether Mom & Dad are Democrats or Republicans (though I have my suspicions). On Election Day every year, when asked who he voted for, my father politely explained that that was private and quite frankly, none of my business. Even though I was far too young to vote, my parents kept their politics private and personal.
Since I turned 18 and got my coveted Voter Registration Card, I have found that for every political statement I have ever made in my life (no matter which side I was in favor of – believe it or not, I’ve been on both), someone was there to argue with me. Without fail, every time, someone found it pertinent to knock my poor little statement to the ground and step on it…and they expected me to do the same. And quite frankly, I’ve had enough.
I don’t like confrontation. I never have. Election season makes me tense. All the mud-slinging and name-calling makes me want to cower cornered in the fetal position and sing Why Can’t We Be Friends.
I really do hate confrontation. So much so that even a heated debate will push me to tears. I truly believe that bad-mouthing the competition will eventually ruin politics as we know it. America is the melting pot. Of course everyone wants something different from their leaders. There’s no way to come to a peacable understanding when all anyone does is complain about something someone else did/almost did/is doing/didn’t do.
Dear Candidate Running for Every Political Office Ever: I don’t want to hear what your opponent did. I don’t want to hear what you think about your opponent or what you think I should think about your opponent. All I want to hear from any person running for any office is what they intend to do, how they intend to do it, and why I should believe them. That’s it.
Dear Friend Who Feels The Need to Flaunt Their Political Affiliation: I’m glad you like the candidate you like. I’m sure they’re glad to have your support. But if you want to talk politics with me, don’t shoot down every other candidate. That’s no better than the mud-slinging that all the candidates are doing in the first place. Just simply tell me why you like who you like and don’t bad-mouth anyone else. That’s quite enough for me.
Vote for the candidate of your choice. If you’re undecided, DO SOME RESEARCH! On all the candidates…not just one party. And by all means, register to vote. But do it once you’ve weighed all the options. And do it joyfully. Not everyone in the world has that right, so don’t ruin it by bashing the candidates you don’t support.
I’d honestly love to hear who you support and why. Leave comments. Leave links to that candidate’s website. But if there’s so much as one complaint or comparison to any other candidate (incumbent or no), your post gets deleted. Cause I don’t want that negative mess on my blog. Capiche?