Only Nine More Months!

Only Nine More Months!

Iowa 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.

We 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.

Political 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!

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