I never pretended to be a genius. I always asked when I did not know something. I have several experts in my home who are always willing to answer my geography or history questions without any hint of belittling me for my ignorance. I also have the wonderful Google connection.
However, this year the political landscape has me baffled. I am constantly questioning every written and spoken commentary on the candidates for president. I feel I don’t even understand what it means to be a Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Socialist, or even an American anymore. I used to have a firm handle on these things.
My advisers tell me the difference between all these things. They tell me about countries who have different forms of government. I just don’t understand how or why we would change ours. I always thought our government was pretty good, at least we were all free and safe.
When did we become so divided and so angry? I can’t even think of one thing I have seen or heard that has been uplifting and hopeful about our society and future. How can I vote for anyone when I feel there is no promise for my future with any of them leading me?
I am saddened by all the hate – hate of race, hate of police, hate of humanity, hate of our own country. So many people are saying they’ll leave the country if Sanders or Trump become President. Why? Do we really feel so powerless that we can’t stay and make sure our country is the best it can be? It’s shocking and disheartening.
I wish we could all just relax and communicate without throwing crap pies in each other’s faces. I wish we could focus on what matters and stop lashing out at each other as though the world is our enemy and each person a soldier pitted against us.
I wish we could give peace, love, and kindness a try. I think we really can. Call me ignorant.