It’s finally Election Day, which means the end of the incessant barrage of campaign ads. I have a confession to make. I’ve been feeling very cynical about this election for a long time now. I watch very little television, generally, but the snippets I catch offer glimpses of the divisiveness the old media spew, 24-7, in an attempt to cash in on the current political climate in the US. It’s really quite sickening.
I think independent commentator Dan Carlin nailed it in a recent podcast. I’d encourage you all to check out the entire podcast, including the fantastic Eisenhower speech at the tail end, but if you don’t, his basic point is that whatever the outcome of this election, thanks to the rhetoric that’s been circulated in this campaign, we will have a large percentage of the population who believes whole heartedly that the president is not just wrong, but actively evil. And that the people that voted for him are somehow less “American” than they are, whatever that means.
I’m not sure how much more of this we can take. It seems that with every election, the Democrats and Republicans reach new heights of dehumanizing each other in order to gain and/or maintain power. Where does this leave us? It honestly wouldn’t surprise me if, four years from now, candidate a releases an ad claiming that candidate b has sold his/her soul to satan, and shows the paperwork to prove it. We need to start rehumanizing each other. I think people are mostly good, and want what’s best for our country, but just have different ideas about what that looks like and how to get there.
So I guess you could call this a friendly reminder (to you as well as to myself) to keep in mind that we are all in this together, and while we may disagree, we should aspire to do so while simultaneously maintaining respect for those with whom we differ. Which is something that I think most of us around here get, but maybe we can try to spread it around.