March 13, 2018
I apologize for the sarcasm about to come, but it is clearly intended to express my disgust at and loathing of our election processes. I also write this before the conclusion of our local “special election,” so as to not appear to express sour grapes. I don’t know who will win and this has little to do with that anyway because ALL are culpable. So with that in mind… here we go.
Did you know that all Democrats rejoice at the destruction of babies in the womb? They can’t wait until thousands of living fetuses are ripped apart by abortion doctors. How do I know that? Because that’s what the Republican ads imply. And of course I believe all of those things! And did you know that all Republicans are eager to put assault weapons into the hands of irresponsible young people so they can murder their classmates in bigger numbers? Yeah it’s true! How do I know that? Because the Democrats’ ads surely imply that. And honestly they can’t put these things on T.V. if they weren’t true, can they? Of course not! And our outstanding politicians wouldn’t say them if they were false, would they? Heaven forbid! And to further verify these “facts” we have loads of really smart and discerning people placing even more “facts” on the internet. Again, if it’s on the internet it must be true, right? Every day I get loads of helpful and insightful posts from… um… really thoughtful people. I’m sure they have studied and verified their information before sending it out for who knows how many people to see and embrace. Yep! I’m really thankful for all of the preparation that is put into this really helpful information. And I am particularly proud of my Christian friends who eagerly and angrily sow the seeds of division and hatred. Thanks, guys. I’m glad someone other than me has that calling.
In this most recent election I got mail EVERY DAY from the two candidates or from some independent party supporting them. Some days I got more than one mailing. You know just in case I forgot what the mail said from the previous day. And thankfully it all started 2-3 months before the actual election so that I had plenty of time to ponder. And the phone calls… I had no idea I was so popular! Or maybe it’s Ellen? Yesterday I had at least a dozen phone calls; again to remind me who to vote for in case I forgot about the 4 foot stack of useless mailings. Ellen got texts too. I didn’t get any texts! I think I’m a little miffed; maybe even hurt.
Well enough of that. So, why do these elections filled with falsehoods (a nice way of saying “lies”) exist? Why does every one of these political popularity contests have to spiral down into mudslinging? And I get it; it may not be the candidates themselves who are pushing the negative agenda, but it is people who support them. Well again, why does this happen? BECAUSE IT WORKS! We suck it up! We hear the lies and we pass them along as “gospel” to help support our candidate. Is it any wonder why the National Enquirer is so popular!? Seriously, is it? We love this stuff. Falsehoods, lies, gossip! It makes our day! We love to see those on the top of the mountain get humbled. I know you are saying, “Well, maybe others, but not me.” Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha… whoa almost swallowed my tongue!
When and how are we going to demand higher standards from those who run for office so they can lead us? Yeah, I don’t know either. But let me tell you what REALLY bothers me in all of this. What are we teaching our children? Well, essentially this: If you want to get into a position of authority and power… lie and step all over people. Am I being too critical? Maybe. But 3 months of this nonsense is enough. I’ll be glad when 8:00 this evening rolls around and the polls close. I am ashamed. I am ashamed for those running for office. I am ashamed for those who sling mud. I am ashamed for those “really smart people” who put devisive posts on the internet. I am ashamed of myself for whatever part I play in all of this. I am ashamed for all of us.
But… it’s only our children so, keep doing what we have been doing. It can’t be that bad… can it?