Only a few days until the elections in the US and I’m ready for it to be over. I don’t know if this is really one of the nastiest elections in history or if it just seems like it. But I’m done.
Here’s all you need to know about this or any other election.
If you’re eligible to vote, vote. There are plenty places in the world where you wouldn’t have that privilege, where you might be killed for voting, tortured, your family threatened, etc. And don’t pretend we’re living in one of those countries.
If you’re eligible to vote, try to learn about the candidates’ stances on the issues. The issues are what matter. Get past all the people and media who try to pull you into other things. What does the candidate believe? How has s/he voted in the past? What are the beliefs of the people with whom they associate and work?
If you’re eligible to vote and don’t, don’t bitch. You opted out. Tough luck.
If you’re alive, voting or not, pretend your children read or hear everything you say, wherever you say it. Pretend you believe “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
If you think you’ll change anyone’s mind by posting mean, nasty garbage on Facebook or elsewhere or that if you tell your friends who believe differently that “But I didn’t mean you” and that will make it OK, you’re living somewhere called LaLa Land where you shouldn’t be voting at all.
Most of all, if you’re a person, realize that you’re going to have to live with all the people around you once the election is over. Those people who disagree with you, for the most part, love the country just as you do (or as you should). They believe what their candidates want to do will be best for that country. They may be wrong. You may be wrong. You may both be wrong. But you’re going to have to live together, to try to move forward once this election is over. Don’t make it impossible to do that.
Here’s what I said a few days ago on Facebook:
As difficult as it may be, remember that the people on the other side of the political aisle, although they may have a very different vision for our country, are not evil because of that. Disagree with their positions, but stop all the nastiness, name-calling, etc.! We all have to live with each other when this is finally over.
If you can’t do that, God help you and our country as well!