Full disclosure: I have been voting for a very long time, all the way back to when the Viet Nam conflict was breaking news. Fast forward back to now and we find ourselves in the midst of the strangest presidential election cycle ever, at least in this writer’s memory.
I follow a lot of blogs, more actually than I can give full attention to. Many of those bloggers tap the political arena for subject matter and some will have very long comment threads.
While these bloggers come from all over the political spectrum I find one disturbing similarity in them, a lack of positive input. The trend seems to be to bash the candidate not favored rather than to list positive reasons to vote for the candidate being supported.
Admittedly many of the comments are amusing or show a flair for the dramatic but negative remarks do not advance the discussion or help to narrow the choices. Personally, I will never vote against a candidate, only for his or her opponent. The “lesser of two evils” argument does not fly.
If you are a blogger or a person posting a comment and truly want to support a candidate then why not help to inform your readers by listing the accomplishments and positive attributes of the person you favor for the office?
It might be fun to talk about the “orange hamster” nested on a candidate’s head or refer to the pants suited candidate as a “blue telly tubby” but unless you are employed as a sit com gag writer this sort of rhetoric is not productive.
I think that it’s time for the adults to come back into the room and have some serious discussions about the future of our nation.
This is my opinion and I welcome yours.
Well said! G-uno
Thanks for your input. As a nation we have serious problems and the solutions will not come from talking points or sound bites. Nero gave his people bread and circuses, we favor social media and Pokemon Go but the results are the same, It’s time to start talking to each other about things that matter.
I absolutely agree! G-uno
You are absolutely correct. The adults need to arrive and bring some order to this unseemly mess. I, too, have been totally kerflumuxed by the situation in which we find ourselves regarding the Presidential election of 2016. I guess at the age of nearly 50 I should not be surprised by anything any more, but I am.
That being said, I will vote. And I will vote what I truly believe to be the lesser of two evils, and when I start to worry about my children and their future as Americans, I am comforted by a few hymns and songs I’ve recently sung at church, “He’s got the whole world in His hands. . .” “I care not today what the morrow may bring, if shadow or sunshine or rain. The Lord I know ruleth or everything, and all of my worry is vain.” “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines of never failing skill, He treasures up His bright designs, and works His gracious will.”
I am not an ostrich. I do not have my head in the sand. I actually have my head in the public school system, and that’s about all I have time to try and “change”, but I am so glad there is a God who is bigger than me–bigger than this election–bigger than this universe. I will keep on walking, keep on facing forward, keep on moving toward His good and perfect will, and know that the political messes that surround me are nothing in comparison to His love for me–for my children–for all of us.
Sextus Empiricus (3rd century Greek philosopher) had it thus: “The mills of the gods grind slow but they grind exceeding fine.” I would also add, “Time wounds all heels.”
Maybe for some it’s just to come up with a post with meaningful content on the subject… I wouldn’t really know what to write about… but then that’s why I don’t really touch the subject… Anyway… it’s interesting to observe from the outside even though there is no true outside because if we want to admit it or not, the result of this election will effect much more than “just” the States.
The “butterfly effect” on steroids. As I see it, we have all been dealing from the bottom of the deck for so long that we no longer know how to play it straight.