“We all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future, and we are all mortal.” — John F. Kennedy
Regardless of who wins the election a few things are clear.
- The people who voted for the winner will be happy and continue to defend their candidate regardless of good or bad performance. The good will be I told you so and the bad will be blame on everyone else for not letting the new president accomplish goals.
2. The people who voted for the loser will continue to cry foul (rigged election, voter fraud, etc) and continue to attack the winner and all who support the new president. Hillary is a killer crook who belongs in the big house not the white house, Donald is a sexist, racist, and so on.
3. The conspiracy theorist will continue with the man behind the curtain pulls the strings and the president holds no power so it really doesn’t matter who the president is anyway.
4. The media will continue with attacks on the party opposite of the signature on their paychecks, which ensures we never get any real news or facts as to what is actually happening.
5. The internet will continue to have equal stories to support both sides of the coin so whether you a heads guy or a tails guy you will be able to easily find information to back your stance. The problem is most of the info is bogus like the sites that publish it.
6. Far to many people get their information from memes. Most memes are created by people with a specific agenda. So whether it’s political, health related, or my favorites; quotes (the same quote on 6 different memes crediting 6 different authors) the accuracy of that meme all always be questionable at best.
I’m going to stop counting now because this can go on for ever, but here’s what I will say.
I’ve been voting since 1984. I’ve seen quite a few elections from local on up to presidential in that time and I’ve never seen anything like this current election. Election campaigns should be focused on 1 thing and 1 thing only; the issues facing the office of which the candidate is running for, and how that candidate will tackle the issues to best serve the people he/she is representing. Unfortunately no campaign in the history of this country has followed that simple criteria. Go back to day 1 and you will find attacks on opponents has always been the norm. However, I think this current presidential campaign has turned it up a notch.
Now what has changed over the years is the size and presence of media. Included in this is ALL media, television, radio, news papers, magazines, and internet. Included with the internet, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, blogs, pod casts, Youtube, and everyone and their mother has a personal website now-a-days. While this is great it also creates the overabundance of false information. Satire websites by the dozens writing off the wall articles that the majority believe to be real news stories (this to me is the most scary of all).
Now here is the biggest issue of this current election and something I have never seen before. People disagree, everyone has their own opinion on everything and that’s good. Debate is good, you may get me to see things from a perspective I’ve never seen before which in turn will change my mind on a subject or a the very least get me to respect it even if I continue to disagree. Debate or have a conversation, a civilized debate or conversation; but that’s where this has taken a dramatic turn.
On Facebook in the past 6 months or so I’ve seen friendships end, strangers, complete strangers who have never met or talked and know absolutely nothing about each other venomously go at each others throats. Why? Because they have different opinions on who would best run this country, all civility has gone straight to hell.
Here’s a few things to think about. How hard is it to be respectful of someones opinion whether you agree or not? How hard is it to think before you speak? How hard is it to just be kind to each other? Remember once you say it, you can’t take it back; so does it really need to be said in the form of disrespect or in an attacking manner. Just because my views differ from yours does not make me blind, ignorant, uninformed, or whatever other names every is calling each other.
It’s really mind-boggling how so many adults are acting like 5th graders over the current political landscape. I feel in the long run we all basically want the same thing. Peace, health, wealth, and happiness for ourselves and friends and family and everyone else we share to planet with.
It all starts from within.
Bottom Line: Everyone has their own truth. Regardless of the election outcome, if we continue to act this way we all lose.
“Oh no I’ve said too much, I haven’t said enough”