Everywhere I go, people are discussing the upcoming American elections. Rarely will I partake in the discussions. These are heated, even nasty, outpourings of words meant to bait and often anger others.
Each person has their own pointed opinion. They are ready to hook you and convert you to their way of thinking. They are convinced not only that they are correct, but that you are woefully, even sinfully wrong. They will show you articles and posts that your candidate of choice is a sinner, an unfit human being. They want to convince you that not only is he going to hell but that you will, too, if you vote for him.
To be sure, I know someone who lost a “friend” to the elections. When she could not be converted to the self-righteous way of thinking, she was “unfriended” not only in social media, also but in the real world. Granted, this was after years of effort to convert her, albeit unsuccessfully, by the other woman. Obviously, this woman was never truly her friend. I elect to not have "friends" like that.
Indeed, political parties have become another form of corrupt cults. I will vote my way, for the one that I believe is the right choice for me and my country. I won't be bullied or chastised. I know my heart and I know my conscience. I do not need someone else to tell me what is right. I will respect the rights of others to choose, but I expect others to respect mine. I will not debate. I will leave that unpleasant task to the candidates; then I will vote.
May God bless America.
“We have a presidential election coming up.
And I think the big problem, of course,
is someone will win.” ~Barry Crimmins