It is fascinating (and terribly disheartening) for me to "view" this U.S. Presidential election from afar.
The comments I see are SO divisive.
Often, I wonder how some people are actually watching, reading, and listening to the same people because the responses are SO different sometimes. Examples of comments seen on my facebook feed in the last two days alone...everything from.....
- "I love this guy" (showing a picture of Bill Clinton speaking) to "This speech is a fucking joke!!!!!!!" (in reference to Bill Clinton's speech)
- A friend who wants to be BFF with Michelle Obama to a friend who calls her "the wife of the enemy within"
- A friend who claimed that on her friends' list, 56 people had "liked" Donald Trump's page and 5 people had liked Hilary Clinton's page, therefore it would be voter fraud if she won.
- From one friend saying "yes, I believe he has what it takes to make America great again" (referring to Donald Trump) to another stating "he makes me want to vomit every time he speaks."
The positivity and support for a candidate...I'm fine with that. No problem whatsoever. I may not agree with you, but support and promote all you want.
It's the hateful negativity that gets me....
Have an opinion. Please do. Have thoughtful and thought-provoking conversations. But, crossing the line into such hateful rhetoric has me shaking my head.
The disrespect shown towards people that are supposed to lead one of the greatest nations on Earth is so sad.
Words I've seen used today on my social media feeds in regards to one and/or both candidate(s): "racist", "thief", "liar", "crook", "bigot", "criminal", "hypocrite", "asswipe", "separatist", "Killory", "corrupt"...just to name a few.
I am not without guilt. Just a couple of months ago, I went on a rant right here on this blog about my dislike of Trump (before I actually believed that his candidacy was going to be taken seriously.) Many f-bombs were dropped.
I know that elections get heated. I know they are hard fought journeys to the end. I know there is mud-slinging and name-calling that happens.
But, doesn't this one seem uglier than previous years?
And, it's only July.........
I feel so conflicted. I love my home country of America. Love love love it. But, when you love someone (or something) that means that you love them no matter the good, the bad, and the ugly. But, you don't have to accept the bad and the ugly. You can want and expect better. I am saddened by the commentary that I've seen. I am disheartened that these are the candidates for President. I want better for my loved ones in the country that I love.
|From the last time I celebrated the 4th of July in the USA|
I was going to disable comments for this post. But, no. We should be able to have respectful, intelligent discussions about this wonderful (that is not sarcasm) democratic process.
So, share your thoughts..........