What’s this campaign season coming to?

Every time we turn on the television, something else has happened: a candidate has stuck his or her foot in said mouth, people are yelling at one another, engaging in name-calling, defending to the death their candidate whether right or not. Some police are shooting innocent people, and some people are shooting the police, who do their best every day to protect us, and terrorists are mowing people down in the streets.  There are stabbings and home invasions, and the world seems to have gone crazy.  Crazy.

Used to be the Presidential candidates would come to your town, shake hands, maybe host a meet and greet with locals, hand out some campaign buttons, and move peaceably on to the next town.  This week, the television reporters and political analysis are yelling and questioning one another and calling each other names and generally getting a lot more heated about the election than even the candidates themselves.  What have we come to…and why?

The Primaries were fraught with turmoil, disagreements, more name calling, protests, and violence.  People were injured, and people were killed.  People were afraid, even children, who worried their parents would be deported.  What has happened to America, the great melting pot?  What has happened to liberty and justice for all?  What has happened to truth and freedom for all men?

It seems to me that our political leaders or wanna-be leaders – and I mean all of them – have sunk to a new low.  They have let down the citizens and, more importantly, let down the children of our country by their lack of leadership and unsavory example of human beings.  It’s time to stand tall and do the right thing for one another and not merely for themselves.

Maybe none of what’s happening has nothing to do with the election year.  Maybe it’s a just full moon…a rather lengthy one.  Maybe some planet is in retrograde.  But we need to stop this dissention and come together.  We need to stand up for others, and for the very foundation and principles on which this country was built. We can’t allow petty differences to change who “we the people” truly are or what we fundamentally believe.

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence [sic], promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

It starts with us.  It starts with We…the people.

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