It’s Presidential election season and everyone is in an uproar. Just look at your social media feeds. People are divisive and obnoxious. I saw a post on Facebook today that pointed out this mistake well. He said, disparaging comments about a political leader “only serves to stoke the ire of those who already agree, and alienate and provoke those who don’t. “
We tend to give a pass to those who agree with us politically, and hate the people who don’t. Why is that? If you lean left politically, you probably think the Hillary Clinton email situation is not a big deal. If you lean right, you probably think it’s a huge deal. If you lean left you probably think the Trump University is disqualifying for a presidential candidate, if you lean right you probably overlook it. Why can’t we call a spade a spade and let the chips fall where they may?
The reason things seem to be getting worse is we tend to listen to those we agree with and tune out those we don’t. Liberals probably watch MSNBC and CNN, and conservatives probably watch Fox News and listen to talk radio. How is this helpful? It’s not. It makes us more divided and we tend to make up our own rules for those we agree with.
Why can’t we just call it straight? Hillary’s email issue is serious, and Donald Trump’s university was a sham.
George W. Bush said it best in a recent speech in Dallas.
“Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions.”
I couldn’t agree more. We all need to cut others some slack, and we all just need to calm down.