Before I go on, let me be clear: I'm not voting for either of them.
Let that sink in. Because I think it's important. Hillary's stance on abortion and her actions both in and out of the spotlight since her career began have made her an impossible candidate for me. I simply could never. However, I think Trump has a real character problem, a real integrity problem. Like Hillary, I think he will do anything to get ahead, and not what's inherently best for our nation as a whole. I guess I could say at least I agree with him on the issues. But I'm still writing my own name in. I can't figure out a way, in good conscience, to vote for either one. Because I don't care for either candidate, I've been able to sit back and watch the, sometimes vicious, debates carry on.
I've been a political junkie for a long time and I've been in on my fair share of heated debates. But I don't believe I've ever seen anything quite like the things I've seen this year. Friend vs friend, family against family, all these relationship becoming collateral damage as we try to fight for the things we believe in. It's my opinion that we feel the need to fight harder, to yell louder because we don't have candidates that we feel represent the morals and values we stand behind. So instead of engaging in civil discord knowing that the real battle is between politicians and not between friends, we're trying to fight the fight ourselves.
Numerous times, in the last several weeks particularly, I have been stunned by the way people are speaking to each other. Forget whether or not they are friends or family of the person they're speaking to; why would you speak to a stranger that way, much less someone you know and like? I think one of the most important things to remember is that words have power, y'all. The more you ratchet up the drama in your vocabulary, the more you ratchet up the hysteria and histrionics in a particular situation. This is a dynamic, changing world we live in. There are almost no absolutes (except perhaps the absolute that there are no absolutes...I think I just exploded my thinker). So declaring that all Trump supporters are woman-hating bigots or that all Hillary supporters are blind and corrupt is incredibly foolish.
It's my sincerest wish that once this election is over, our country can unify. Perhaps the test is that both candidates are so awful that we'll have to band together in order to survive whatever happens to our nation while they're in the White House. But the one thing I know for sure is that most people are going to remember the hateful things that have been said in the pursuit of political gain. It shouldn't have to be said to adults but, here we go, y'all. The key to not being asshole-ey is super simple: treat others as you would like to be treated. Now I feel like the life coach for the damned world. The first lesson's on me.