During lunch today (Tue., 11/6), we were talking about how glad we are that election season is almost over. I’m delighted I don’t have to watch the mud-slinging between candidates for several of offices. On many recent evenings, we've found that a negative ad for one candidate was followed by one for his/her opponent, over and over.
To me, the least attractive aspect of these ads is the message they send to our children. I believe it’s the parents' job to teach values to their children.
One of these values is respect. Those of us who believe human beings are worthwhile are appalled. I believe we need to teach children to be kind and caring. These “He’s used his office to better only himself” and “She’s a cheater” ads are the opposite of how I want my children to speak of others.
Another value is integrity. With the contradictory statements made by opponents, it’s hard to believe both sides could be telling the truth. We’ve heard a lot about fact checking in this election year. I want my children to do their research and be accurate as well as honest.
Along with freedom, these are the kind of values upon which the US was founded. I believe in freedom of speech, but wish we could speak the truth. I wish we could use politeness and be cordial with one another. I wish we would listen before we strike out at the speaker.
One of my lunch mates noted that she wished each candidate would simply draft a statement of where s/he stands on issues and ignore where the opponent stands. It sure would make it easier for people like me to choose a candidate, and to choose one I could be proud to support!
I read the following quote this morning. It's from William Ewart Gladstone, a British Statesman in the 19th Century. Appropriately encouraging on a day like today, his statement is this:
“We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”
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