Just a little update here. Campaign season is upon us. For me, one of the most dreaded times. I used to hate Christmas ads and Valentine engagement ads but for me, campaign ads take things up a whole different level. I can avoid lots of the seasonal ads by not watching regular television. The political ads are much harder because I have Facebook. So many people fill their feed with stuff that is more or less an ad. Plus..there are ads on Facebook…and just the other day, I saw one on Instagram too.
I’m sure by the time the election is over, I’ll have deleted MANY things from my Facebook feed. Thank heavens there is that option.
Worse…I came to my own blog today and saw an ad. AHHH!! I hate it but most ads I have very little control over so I’m apologizing in advance for any ads that might show up here. If I can check a box that says no political ads, I always do.
I want to say a couple more things…I’m not going to discuss candidates. I’m not really going to discuss political parties. I want to say something about people not getting along.
I hate “elitist” thinking:
All Democrats do not think one way…
All Republicans do not think the other way.
Every democrat is not for abortion. Every republican is not pro-choice. Every democrat is not for subsidy spending. Every republican is not against it.
I hate when people say, “All dems…..”. Really? All dems don’t do whatever it is. All republicans don’t do whatever it is.
Speaking of such, I hate that Democrats have become “dems”. I think it’s a derogatory term. Let me tell you a little story.
I belong to a small country church. It is a “sister” church to another church that is fairly close by. For those of you not rural, it’s really common for one minister to serve two churches and share expenses. That was our arrangement. The two churches weren’t getting along. We were having pastor issues. We were having issues about who was paying what percentage of the pastor’s salary. It was a mess. The pastor ended up leaving (thank goodness) and we got a new pastor. Our family loved the new one.
One of the first things he did was this: He asked that the congregations no longer call each other by the “nickname”. Our church was St. John’s but we had long been called “Stapleton” as that is the township the church was in. The other church, St. Peter’s, was called Richfield as that is the township it is in. He asked that if we were talking about the other church, we refer to it as the official name…for my church, St. John’s. He asked the opposite of the other church.
I know it sounds silly…but… it really made a difference for me.
It was hard to say “Well St. Peter’s does this”…there is something about saying something iffy, when using the name ‘St. Peter’ in the sentence. It was really easy to say “Richfield does this”…Somehow talking about the other church using it’s respectful, rightful, given name that was biblically centered made me be more respectful and cautious of what I was saying.
I think this is the same when referring to people who align with the Democratic party. We should refer to them as Democrats…not “dems”.
I would also like to tell all the people on Facebook that sweet things are a much better way to get my interest in your candidate. Tell me something nice about them. Tell me something good they did. Tell me something they are for. Tell me how they were in a crisis situation. Tell me ALL OF THE THINGS ABOUT YOUR CANDIDATE. Don’t tell me anything about the opposing candidate…as what you say negative about the opposing candidate only makes you look defensive. Play the offense….you bring your candidate to light I would love to hear that.
If I were to pick someone to listen to as far as their suggestion on how I should vote, I would like to hear this…
I like this about Sanders and I like this about Warren…but this person is the candidate I would vote for because of this. Or…I like this about Trump but I don’t like this about him. I wish there was an alternate choice on the Republican side that cared more about this because that is important to me.
These are conversations. These built knowledge and give people good information to use on voting day. These make me believe the person has thought through their voting options.
If someone says, “I think Trump is awful” and gives me no evidence I’m not likely to listen to them. If someone says Amy Klobuchar is so wonderful and doesn’t give evidence. I’m not likely going to listen to them either.
All I can say is thank heavens the Iowa Caucus in today.
We Iowans have been bombarded with phone calls, ads and the like ever since Thanksgiving. Once today is over, they will all be heading your way and you too might find yourself tired of the ads and the political arena.
In case you are wondering:
I do not consider myself democrat.
I do not consider myself a republican.
I do not consider myself an independent.
I’m me. I vote for the person who I feel most aligned with. I vote for the person I feel will best serve our country. I think all people should vote for the candidate and not just the party…
I am saddened by the division in our country and sadly, I don’t see it getting any better in the next election.
Sorry to say anything about politics..that’s the last I’ll say on the election besides this: I’ll be so happy for November 4th when it’s all over again!!