Stop being so nasty!

I’m sick of politicians that do nothing but snipe at one another, attacking and criticizing the opposition.

Are you sick of them too?

I’m sick of the nastiness. Instead of offering constructive ideas to make a better community for us all, our leaders seem intent on hurting one another.

I’m sick of the greed. Instead of helping the people in our country who are most in need, all I see is handouts to the elite, and more tax cuts to huge corporations.

I’m sick of the lies. It used to be promises were something you kept. But now there’s “core election promises” that probably won’t be kept and “peripheral election promises” that certainly won’t be kept.

So here we are, coming up on another New Zealand election. There’s another US election next year, which I’ve been following. That’s already getting nasty, with Democrats and Republicans seemingly unable to cooperate or even debate in a respectful manner.

Since when did people hate each other so much, on so few differences? Because our differences really are that few. We all care about our kids, our elderly, our communities, our sick and dying. We all want people to live in freedom and to be happy. We all want lower crime rates and lower poverty. We none of us want war.

I think you could ask 100 people on the street about any of these things, and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who wanted anything different. So we’re not as different as we’re led to believe. We need to find a way to talk, negotiate, respect each other and make dialogue.

Make the best choice for everyone, not just yourself

It’ll soon be election time and yes, I will vote. Because, no matter how nasty the candidates get, at least making a choice is better than having no choice.

noam-chomsky

So I’ll choose the least nasty. The least hateful. The least greedy. The least untruthful.

It won’t be much of a field, I know, but maybe with lobbying and writing to my MPs, things will start to change for the better.

And if they don’t, I’ll still keep on caring for the people in my community, no matter who they are, what they believe, who they vote for, or where they come from. Because that’s what I believe good citizens do.

mandela

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