Today is Thursday, August 17, 2017

The donkey and the elephant...

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I like to think of myself as apolitical; someone that looks objectively at both sides of an issue and appreciate each perspective and be careful not to allow my personal beliefs to muddy the waters of political idealism. I also think chasing a cheeseburger with a shot of cayenne-laced wheat grass is more effective than eating right and exercising. The truth? I am a moron when it comes to politics.

This year, I've had a hard time caring. Everyone is arguing: candidates with each other, my aunt with my sisters, Fox News with every other news outlet. It's exhausting. I've only watched two debates in their entirety. Here's what I've learned thus far.

All the candidates use religion to appeal to constituents. It doesn't matter if a candidate wants to take away any mention of the "G" word in (or on the walls of) state/government buildings while the opposition wants to use their platform to bring back prayer in schools. If a candidate "preaches" either of those sides, that's using religion to appeal to constituents! Protesting prayer doesn't make a candidate a deviant any more than endorsing prayer makes him or her noble.

I get it that people want to know how a candidate stands on faith, but using a candidate's religious preferences to gauge qualifications to hold a local or government office is like saying a person with a gym membership is in better physical shape than someone without one.

Larry David just might beat Hillary Clinton in the primary. (Still not sure why he's calling himself Bernie Sanders?)

No matter how much experience candidates have, how many puppies they saved from a building fire or how many years they've taught Sunday School, they are human, and by default, humans make mistakes. Moreover, they aren't magicians. In four or eight years, they can't correct errors that took decades and decades to create. If they say they can, beware. Not so long ago, one president announced, "NO NEW TAXES." That didn't work out.

It's never a good idea to mock anyone's political views. It's not your job (unless it is your job) to educate folks on why they should vote for your candidate. Unless you're directly asked to share, keep it to yourself.

National election season makes me appreciate our local government officials even more. City council, county commission, school board, and other elected positions can be thankless. Some elected officials have full-time jobs in addition to their public service duties. Most would make more money working privately.

They aren't perfect. They've made mistakes. They have to be nice to people that aren't nice to them, but they still show up. They care about the school district my kids attend. They want to make your community a better place, not just because they want your vote but because it's their community, too.

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