Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Our country is torn in two, at least that’s what it seems. Although, is it really that different from the 1860 election when Abraham Lincoln ran against his opponents Breckinridge, Douglas and Bell? As much as we honor and respect Abraham Lincoln, he didn’t carry the popular vote. In fact, he wasn’t liked by many people, hence his assassination. However, in present day, most agree he was honest and tried to do right by all the American people, even though it wasn’t acknowledged until much later in textbooks. Did you know Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president? Fun fact.
Now, going back in time, to the near past, one that I remember when George W. Bush ran against Al Gore in the 2000 election. That was a very close race. I’d like to say the 2016 elections reminds me of those days, yet the attitude is very different. We seem to be truly divided down the middle, desperately in need of a leader to unite us. Although, that doesn’t worry me. In fact, it seems to be a repeating theme throughout history, regarding war, politicians, laws and even art. What is disturbing, are the verbal attacks, lies and disrespectful actions of our candidates, some more than others. That’s what makes this election classless and in poor taste.
As a nation, we’ll never have one hundred percent agreement on anything. That we can to agree on, that and the idea of simple respect needs to be practiced more. I’m not talking about compromising morals and what’s right as to not hurt another person’s feelings. I’m talking about being honest, direct, listening and reacting with truly good intentions and selfishness. Tall order right? It is, but not impossible. I’m referring to our candidates toward each other, the candidates toward the people (becoming humble and always being honest and truly doing what’s right) and the people toward each other including the media.
On a side note, when did reporters stop doing their research and begin believing rumors and bringing their own personal opinion to the front page? Reporters need to be held accountable for their work and their actions.
What I’d like to see is a responsible and honest election. Let the people actually have a vote. I guess I should correct that statement with saying living people (yes that’s not such a subtle dig on those who are using our deceased to sway the election). Again, disrespect for the deceased, the families, and our country as a whole. I personally don’t like my rights being taken away by such actions. We have an obligation to show the rest of the world what a true republic is and how good honest actions prevail.
After this election, history will be remembered slightly differently, depending on the outcome. Why does time change a situation? Or does it allow us to reflect and learn? I remember studying history in school and being taken back when I learned our soldiers returning from the Vietnam War, after risking their lives for our country (most drafted), were treated with hatred and anger and disrespect. Of course that’s not in fashion now, thankfully. Now my next biggest question, is it because it’s what’s trendy and popular or because it’s what’s right? Again, I see history repeating itself and instead of using common sense and respect, the trendy path is chosen.
Evey person has the ability to change history and change the path of our future. Every person. Every person has a choice to do what’s right and to think of others before themselves. Everyone. I’m not trying to sway anyone. I’m simply asking people to stop lying for others, stop being deceitful, and stop any illegal actions (that’s another tall order), starting with election fraud. Stop the violence when you don’t get your own way, stop the disrespect and start working together for a better future. No one wins when hate takes the reins, but we all win when love is in our hearts and actions.
On another side note, without pushing one candidate over another, I’ve found this pretty neat. The Trump House in Youngstown, Pennsylvania. Little old Youngstown, Pennsylvania has made major news for their part in the election. Perhaps there’s a Hilary House somewhere, and if so I’d love to hear about it. Since I’ve never heard of any, I’m going to focus on what I know, the Trump House.
I love the involvement and dedication that resulted in the Trump House. The Trump House owners spent their personal money for signage and other promotional pieces to give away. Now a days, people expect reimbursement or compensation for such actions. The owners of the house are not pushy or loud, except the house decor certainly makes a statement. They really want to educate and do what’s right for America. That I can respect. Again, perhaps there’s a similar place dedicated to Hillary. If so, wonderful.
How can anyone not appreciate the effort in this house? I mean, they have a fifteen foot tall (I really don’t know how tall it is) picture of Donald Trump! What a fun idea! Since the creation of the house, they’ve had nonstop traffic from supporters visiting, getting their pictures taken and honking when passing by. This is what America is about, freedom to choose and freedom of expression. This is what makes election season exciting, certainly not all the bashing commercials on television, the radio and online.
Not to end on a negative note, but the Trump House has every right to decorate their building any way they want and to support any candidate they choose. So why did they need to hire personal security to deter violence and vandalism at the Trump House? Why did they get major backlash from people criticizing the way they spent their money? This is what I’m saying, no respect. If it was for Hillary, I’d think it was equally neat.
The house has been dedicated to the Trump campaign since I believe this past summer, and it took the Tribune until this past week to write a story on them, hidden among the pages. I always thought the news was to be unbiased, but all I’ve heard are opinions running through the media, for both sides, again some more than others. The majority of the news is obviously swayed to one side. It’s still not right and basic propaganda, similar to Hitler’s tactics. He used media to reinforce his ideals and he targeted children and the younger generation who were easily swayed. Let’s get back to practicing respect, the truth, common sense, and good old-fashion morals.
Personally, I’ve always tried to involve Kyle as much as I can with the news and historical milestones, trying to avoid negativity and reinforcing good moral decision making. In the past, I’ve taken Kyle to rallies. I’ve even taken him into the voter’s booth with me. I wanted to show him what to expect when he got older, and I tried to set the example of having an educated and sincere voice.
On Sunday night I asked Kyle if he wanted to come vote with me this year. I was denied before I even got it out of my mouth. He’ll come around with his own opinions when he’s older.
I’ll certainly be voting tomorrow, and I’ll be praying tonight for God to lead this country in the right direction.