Stop demonizing ‘opponents’

By CHELO GRUBB

 

I am tired of people saying, “Don’t talk about politics or religion.”

I understand where that comes from. People’s beliefs about politics and religion are more important to them than, say, what they believe is the best television show of all time.

But, that’s just the problem: Shying away from these topics is basically the same thing as saying there’s no room for compromise. If the issues are important, then it’s important that we talk about them.

The general tone of ads we sit through during the campaign season is, “If this person tricks the American people into voting for him or her, they will come after your family and rights while also shooting the economy to hell.”

After it was announced that President Barack Obama had been re-elected, I saw my friends polarize online.

Many friends posted well wishes for the first family. However, I also saw many overdramatic posts, such as “I’ve never been so disappointed in my country” and “Our nation is going to shit.”

There were also lots of variations on, “I don’t understand why anyone would vote for Obama.”

I’m sure I would have seen similar posts if the election had gone the other way.

This astounds me.

Both candidates in this presidential election did lots of work to prepare for the job. They came from different backgrounds and proposed different solutions, but had the same goal: to see the country thrive.

We must stop portraying people who have different ideologies as evil idiots trying to trick voters.

I’m not saying that it doesn’t matter who we elect — it absolutely does. Who we elect says a lot about the priorities and interests of the nation.

At the same time, I’m tired of hearing the “lesser of two evils” argument.

People don’t run for office to carry out mastermind plots. They run for office because they want to be productive members of society and help figure out what is best for their city, state or nation.

It’s tough to lose, I know. Of the 10 national and local elections I was invested in, about half went my way.

But I find comfort in knowing that everyone who was elected ran because they wanted to help out.

Look at so-called “opponents” as well-intentioned individuals with different perspectives.

We all want the country to do well. Now it’s just a matter of being willing to work together and really, really listen.

Grubb, 20, assures readers that the next election will be less scary if they ignore the campaign ads and listen to the candidates’ ideas.

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