Only Nine More Months!
is history. By the time you read this,
so will New Hampshire. We will be just
nine months from the actual election.
Not sure there will be much sanity left in the nation by then, but hey,
it’s the American Way! I believe that
this election process has positives and negatives. By stretching it out over so many months, the
voters (you and me) get to assess the positions of each of the candidates in
both parties. We get to see how they
handle themselves under the scrutiny of the media and their opponents. We get to see how they hold up under the
stress of high pressure politics and its relentless scheduling. These are good things that will help us as we
try to make sensible decisions about who to vote for come November.
will also get to watch innumerable commercials and infomercials about the
candidates (tired yet?) We will be
exposed to misinformation, innuendo, and exaggerations. We will hear way too many pundits tell us why
they know who we should vote for without telling us how they are connected to
the candidates or their supporters. We
will be told lies, fed rumors, and be expected to drink it all up without
question. Such is politics in America in
the 21st Century.
analysts will become weapons for both parties, each one trying to convince us
voters that they are telling us what we need to know about the “other”
candidate. We will hear mostly negative
information and the candidates themselves will not tell us what they will do
once elected, only what they are against keeping from the previous
administration (even if it worked.) When
apologists for various candidates of both parties become the “throwers” of mud,
so to speak, it relieves the candidates themselves from accepting
responsibility for what it is said on their behalf. This sort of behavior is part of life, but it
can become quite dangerous and destructive if it is the primary form of
communication in communities of all types, nations as well as churches. The sign I used to have behind my desk said
it best, “The tongue is the deadliest of all blunt instruments.” Be careful as you listen to the rhetoric for
the next nine months and try to recognize the unfactual, the misinformation and
the rumor-mongering that accompanies our political process. Oh, and try not to be the one spreading the
gossip, or repeating rumors, or slinging the mud in your own life!
Posted on Tue, February 9, 2016
by Doug Meister