An Interesting Thought

We label ourselves on a daily basis. Have you thought about the labels that you give yourself? You can label yourself a Republican or a Democrat. You can label yourself pro-life or pro-choice. A dozen labels are put on us during our lifetime. A thought I had was: when it comes to voting, we see ourselves as only a certain label, a Republican, Democrat, independent, and so on. My grandmothers are both Democrats and will vote for whichever Democrat gets the most votes in February. That really worries me. We vote simply because of the label that is put upon a person. My grandmother would never vote for Donald Trump because he is labeled Republican. Even if he is more qualified than the Democrat, the Democrat will be voted for, and a red flag should be raised.

Yet the Democrats have two huge disappointments getting a majority of the liberal votes. Why? Hillary Clinton is far from being qualified as a leader when she has failed at every political appointment she has ever held. Bernie Sanders hates capitalism, even though he benefited from capitalism. I do not see a single Democratic candidate who loves our country and our political system. Neither of these individuals is qualified to have any control of our military. I believe that our military will get weaker if either one of these candidates get into the White House.

If your favorite candidate does not make the cut this February, will you still vote for the one who did not reel you in with their stance, simply because they are labeled the same as you? I know that many people will. Think about that and what problems that can bring. What if you really dislike Bernie Sanders and want Hillary voted in, but Bernie wins in the end — would you vote for Bernie? All to keep you labeled? I hope we will not have a repeat from the last two terms. Vote appropriately by placing a real leader in the White House. Vote for who best aligns with your views.

Another topic to address is demeaning our candidates by using inappropriate terms or labels. I would love to see one political election occur without people demeaning and breaking down other individuals. Can we be nice about our disapproval on certain candidates? Yes, we can. Can we educate others on why a certain candidate is not qualified to lead our country? Yes, we can. Do we have to label others with nasty names because they do not agree with us? No, we do not. Many of us have children who will be watching our actions during the political season in 2016. These children must not see hatred, bullying, or anger in the political arena. I understand that individuals are very passionate about some of their opinions. We all have our reasons to be passionate about why we are voting. Can we have one session where we are civil? I hope so, but I am not holding my breath.

Watch those candidates who completely slander others and after elections are complete, bring those slandered onto the new team, with open arms and nothing but words of praise for that person. How quickly we forget the slander that comes out of their mouths! Candidates need to appear in front of the people showing nothing but class when it comes to dealing with their competition. Play fairly and more people will respect your run for office. I cannot respect an individual who has proven that the office is merely for social standing. Our president is not to be treated like the Queen of England but as an individual that represents the people.

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