I rarely make political comments on my blog or the blogs of others. It’s not that I don’t have political views—I do—but I find politics to be too often divisive and my focus is on being as inclusive as I can. I’d simply rather build bridges than burn them, and dismissing nearly half the people in my country because they are in a different political party seems to me like a wasted opportunity.
Politics and political rhetoric in the U.S. have heated up as a major and important election nears. In my judgment, both major parties have important things to say and both have said and done some amazingly silly things too.
I have loved ones and clients who are of all political persuasions. I myself have strong beliefs that would fit into key aspects of most of the major political platforms, and some aspects of each platform concern me.
I believe labeling, stereotyping, and then demonizing whole groups of people for their party affiliations is inaccurate and unkind.
Some of my cherished loved ones engage in the practice, and it saddens me for them and for the people they love who they are insulting.
For example, a dear loved one uses Facebook to forward one-sided insults about the other party. One of her most recent insults went something like, “If you are a _____________, you are either a ________ or a __________ (both very derogative things).
When I read that, I’d had enough. I was the first to comment, and I wrote:
“Which am I, my friend?”
Days later, I’ve not heard from her, but unlike most other such postings, no one has added to the comments of that post, and I’ve not seen any more such posts from her.