I am seriously so ready for campaign season to be over. Is anyone else with me? As I commented recently on a friend’s status update about unfriending someone who had become too hostile about those who disagreed with him,
“It’s one thing to be supportive of your candidate; it’s another to be hostile or disrespectful to anyone who disagrees with you…What frustrates me so much about the campaign season is people tend to forget that at the end of the day, we are all not only Americans, but HUMAN. As such, that’s how we should treat each other.”
Suffice it to say I have low-to-zero tolerance for people who are mean, rude, or violent to others just because they have an opposing viewpoint. It’s not necessary, and quite frankly, in many cases it can be defined as hatred, prejudice, bigotry, or all of the above.
There is a point to the above soapbox, and I promise I’m getting to it.
I think the most poignant part of this campaign season for me was listening to one especially interesting part of the vice presidential debate. For some reason I never picked up the fact that both Joe Biden & Paul Ryan are both practicing Catholics. It doesn’t really matter the religion they are. For all I care, they could both be practicing Jews. The great thing I took away from this (other than the fact that both were infinitely more respectful both towards each other and the moderator than the presidential candidates were…ugh…migraine medicine was considered after those) was that our country is so great in our diversity that two people in the same religion could have such differing viewpoints that one is considered Republican and the other Democrat. Yet they are united in a Catholic faith, and as I mentioned above, in being Americans, and in being HUMAN. There is something beautiful about that.
When you all in the U.S. (and even the world, for that matter) check out the election results tomorrow, I urge you to remember to be kind to one another, no matter the outcome. Hostility and violence towards each other shows weakness, and that is the last thing we want to portray. We are the UNITED States of America, and I hope that we continue to act that way as a country.