I know I haven't ever posted about politically-related topics (actually, let's be real here--everything is related to politics), but as the presidential debates are raging on and Election Day draws nearer, I have developed a few opinions and beliefs concerning this election.
I will try not to talk directly about the candidates themselves, but if I do suddenly get super passive-aggressive or obvious about my views, I'm sorry.
Now, some of you may be thinking, "How can you talk about the presidential election without talking about the actual candidates?" Well, for this post, I will be discussing what I believe to be the social effects of this election.
Please keep in mind that no, I am not always right (I am just a sheltered teenager with social media and TV, after all), and I will write things that are factually incorrect. If you would like to support, dispute, or just express your opinions on anything that I say or concerning the election in general, please comment! But remember to keep it positive!
Based off of what I have seen and heard, I would say that America is current in great unrest. I haven't gone onto my Facebook in a while, but when I had last checked it, my feed was filled with posts about horrid events such as shootings and violent outbursts. I suppose that tensions between groups of people that are different have always been present, but I feel like this presidential election has allowed for the release of pent-up anger.
For instance, like a torrential river, racism and religious discrimination are and always have, quite sadly, threatened to break through the dam of tolerance to destroy creations of kindness and peace. Every so often, a video of hate surfaces. With these videos, people are reminded of the bigotry that exists in this world. Some are encouraged to continue these hateful, horrible belief systems. Others are rightfully disgusted, and work to prevent such intolerance. There is also a group, steadily growing, where people see these videos, develop opinions, and do nothing about the issues at hand. But I digress.
These videos have begun popping up at a faster rate than ever, or so I observe.
About five years ago, I didn't realize that racism and racial discrimination were such rampant issues. Now, news articles, videos, events, and various other things prove otherwise.
Not only have racism and religious discrimination expanded within this country, but mudslinging has been encouraged as well. Throughout this whole election process, pointing fingers and accusations, both true and false, have been flying between the two remaining candidates.
Of course, with every election, there are always bouts of bickering that take place to ridicule other opponents, but this election has just been malicious. Insults for no purpose other than for denigration have been thrown around. Facts have been stretched out so thin that lies have broken the seal of truth and started pouring through. Recently, signs of deliberate and utter disrespect have been noticed.
The president is supposed to represent the best of America, to be models for young children.
How will easily-influenced minds such as my own be made to think? That it's okay to be so mean to others? That in order to climb to the top, you have to trip and push your opponents off their ascent? That, without destroying others, it is impossible to succeed in life?
These are terrible suggestions to the impressionable minds in America.
I believe that this election, on top of previously existing circumstances, is threatening to tear America apart. I fear for the future, but I am curious as to how everything plays out.
To anyone that reads this, let's not allow this election tear America in half. Let's be kind, caring, and sympathetic towards one another instead.
Note: I apologize for not posting this yesterday. I wanted to revise and edit this post so my words meant exactly what I wanted to say. Words are powerful, and this situation is delicate. I may have let a few things slip through the cracks, but at this point, perhaps they were purposeful, and perhaps they were accidental. Remember, if you do comment, keep it positive!