I’ve had a few opportunities to visit the world outside the United States and a whole slew within our borders. Let me tell you about this world. It’s a wonderful place.
It’s filled with amazing landscapes, majestic skies, enchanting bodies of water and so much more. There is nothing dangerous about the world.
Humanity, on the other hand…
Let’s face it, the only thing that truly is dangerous on this planet is us.
You know where the greatest threat is? Nope, not in the Middle East; not in Russia or North Korea.
It’s right here and it has no better illustration than our current election year engagements.
Somehow, the greatest country on Earth now bases its process to elect the most powerful leader on Earth through a series of insults, insinuations and accusations. In other words, the lowest common denominator of the American citizen.
How decency, respect and dignity have fled in all aspects of life is reflected in true “ugly American” status through our current political process. When we sink to the lowest levels, what does that mean for the rest of the world?
You know why so many of us bemoan that we only get to choose the lesser of two evils when we vote? It’s because campaigns are run pointing out how terrible and scary the “other guy” would be. No one tries to win your vote telling you how great they would be.
It’s not like this is new. Granted, this year seems a bit cruder than the past, but the negativity is something I seem to recall as long as I’ve been old enough to vote.
Of course, we know who is to blame…you and me.
Political managers, just like movie producers, know the best way to get win over Americans is to give them what they want. Based on poll results and campaign rhetoric, this is what we want.
Apparently, we like when candidates make unsubstantiated claims, use rough language and make outlandish proposals. We think it’s okay to insult the sitting President with name-calling. We enjoy making the “other side” squirm with unverifiable statements that they help our enemies.
Why must it be about left versus right? Liberal versus conservative? Religion versus religion. Why must it be about demonizing the other person? Especially when that “other person” is half the country?
I still believe that many people take public office because they want to help America be a better place to live. That the pursuit of happiness is not an outdated or unrealistic dream.
You should believe it to. But more, we should demand it. We should demand people run, not to be the President of 51% of the country, but to be the President of the United States.
It does not have to be a dangerous world, even with mankind in it.