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Election Etiquette: Play Nice!
In case you hadn’t heard there’s a big election right around the corner; one that will decide who our next president will be. To be quite honest, I will be so happy when the election is over and all of this mudslinging can subside. My prediction, however, is that this is just the beginning.
When I was asked to write about the upcoming election I wondered what it was that I could say that would provide any sort of insight on the subject. I am more conservative than liberal and have on occasion voted for a Democratic candidate; which also means that I have voted Republican. I guess I am what some would call a “fence sitter” or “middle of the road-er”, but nonetheless, I do practice my civic duty and vote in each election. I believe that if you choose not to vote, then you really do not have a right to complain about it afterward.
I ultimately decided to write about something that I know a lot about. Playing fairly; you know agree to disagree. As a preschool teacher, I find myself playing the role of referee daily. Once in a while unkind or ugly words are uttered and I must intervene to solve the problem. Calling someone a name is never allowed and results in a time out if it happens. Being nice and respectful is just the way it has to be in Ms. Karla’s world.
So what does all of this have to do with politics and the pending election? Simple. Candidates and voters alike need to stop spewing venom and just stick to the facts. Rumors of voter fraud, threats made to voters at polling places or voter registration booths have intimidated folks. And let’s not forget the negative social media campaigns and mean spirited ads being circulated. Maybe I am being too naive but I believe that we (and the candidates) could get a whole lot more accomplished if campaigns were run in an open, honest, factual manner instead of resorting to unfair, unkind, mean spirited political warfare.
I live in a house divided. My daughter is a registered Democrat and my husband and I are not. As I said before I have voted for both parties in the past but I do tend to be more conservative. When the president came to our town in August for a campaign rally, my daughter skipped class to attend. I support her right to make her own choices (political or otherwise). Will I always agree with her? No. I am sure that we will have the opportunity to debate many issues throughout our lives, but the key to debating with our children, friends and co-workers is to agree to debate civilly and respectfully. There’s no need to yell, roll our eyes, grunt, smirk or disrespect the opposing side; that’s just bad political sportsmanship.
Research each candidate thoroughly and then make your own conscious decision about who you feel would do the best job for you and your family; then vote. As children, we are taught about good sportsmanship and as adults, we need to apply it to politics.
So as Election Day approaches and you find yourself in the midst of a debate or discussion about your choice for president, stay focused and for the love of all things good and sacred PLAY NICE!
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