Well, I’m a day late.
It was bound to happen at some point during this 7 day challenge, right? Anyway…
Day 6: A Vulnerable Post
I’ll admit that I have struggled to decide exactly what I wanted to discuss for this challenge. Since the hot topic right now is the upcoming election, I thought I would actually get on a little soapbox. Is that vulnerable? Probably not, but it’s my blog and I can do what I want! (That sounded so Miley Cyrus, sorry)
I am just sick, SICK SICK to death of the campaign ads. I mean, seriously, the amount of money being spent on this crap in my mailbox, radio, television, print and online ads is truly exhausting. I realize this is a great economic boost for our media outlets and advertising professionals, but really, we don’t need to hear your negative crap every other 30 second spot. Also, why do we have to be so negative? It is ridiculous. If you all think we as voters are that stupid and shallow that we are actually going to make an educated decision to vote for you because of this, then I definitely don’t want you as my candidate. At this point, don’t you think the lines have been drawn anyway?
Don’t even get me started on these crazy special interest groups.
I am and have always been passionate about voting. I was so excited when I turned 18 and could finally register to vote. I think my 5th grade teacher, Ms. Earney, was the one who really introduced me to the civic lesson and passion in the responsibility of voting. We had a mock election during the Carter v. Reagan Presidential election that year (I know, I’m old!) I was Jimmy Carter’s campaign manager if I recall and we had to campaign and try to win votes for our candidate. As a 5th grader, I tried to convince my classmates to vote for my candidate based on his values and platform. I don’t recall bashing the opponent. If a 5th grader can understand this, don’t you think the average adult can too? I sure do appreciate Ms. Earney for opening my eyes to this important responsibility that I have as an American citizen. I wish everyone shared my passion for being a registered and active voter.
I try to keep my opinions to myself on social media about specific candidates, political parties or even how I feel about certain issues. Well, okay, occasionally I just cannot keep my mouth closed, but for the most part I try to be neutral. I don’t want to offend people and I can certainly respect others for their decisions to vote based on their own feelings. What I do ask is that you educate yourself on what is real. Don’t let these candidates get to you based on emotions. Another thing, make sure the issues they are touting or bashing their opponent for are actually issues that are actually in their purview!
Politics is ugly business y’all. I don’t think we are ever going to elect a Savior. In fact, we already have one! How about instead of bashing candidates, let’s pray for them instead. Along with educating ourselves about the issues, we should be in prayer for not only how we should vote, but also for these candidates. We need to pray for all our elected officials, whether we agree with them or not. I get so tired of seeing people bash and make fun of our President. No, I do not always agree with him, but he is our President and deserves our respect and prayer. Let’s face it, all our elected official need it. Our county and our world need it too.