Viewpoint: Politics and pigtails
By Charlotte Wilson
I am sure that just like me; you are all beyond sick of the political messages being shouted at us on a daily basis this time of year. Signs, commercials, social media, you can’t go anywhere without the negativity jumping out at you like a 2-year-old hopped up on Sunny Delight.
I am all for supporting whatever cause is close to your heart. Really. It is a huge part about what makes our country such a beautiful place to live. Our First Amendment right is unparalleled in any other country in the world and again, it is glorious. The fact that if you wanted to, you could grab some Sharpies and poster board and sit outside of Subway boycotting their meatball subs because you had a bad meatball experience when you were 5 and think that they should all be banned in America is a pretty staggeringly amazing thought.
However, I keep going back to the same thought. Mother Theresa said “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” I don’t know about you, but if this school of thought is good enough for that lady, I will agree everyday of the week and twice on Sunday. So instead of boycotting meatballs, why doesn’t she make a sign about how awesome a turkey foot long is?
This leads me to a question that has been running around in my head for some time now.
Since when did our moral compasses become so misguided that now we focus on tearing down our “opponents” in life instead of focusing on the positivity and beauty of our own thoughts and beliefs? This is something I try to instill into my 5-year-old on a daily basis.
“So-and-so has an iPad,” she’ll say. “That makes me sad.” And then I wrack my brain on how to get her to focus on what she has instead of sending out negative vibes on her kindergarten brethren. It’s not easy. But this is a slippery slope that we as a society have all started to fall down and we are now spiraling into a very dark place.
Sometimes, after watching a negative political ad on TV I wish I could call whoever took their hard-earned money and poured it into ruining a part of my morning and tell them to take five, sip on some chocolate milk, watch some cartoons and think about what their mom taught them.
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Wilson is a 1994 Poway High School graduate who now lives in Arizona.
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