I am very careful about posting anything about the 2016 Election, Donald Trump, or Hillary Clinton on any of my social media. This is not because I don’t have deep committed feelings about it, because I do!
It’s my feeling that most of the dialogue around politics on social media is a circus for attacking; and bullying prevails. It is rare that I see opposing views engaging in conversation that EXCHANGE ideas, SHARE perspectives and LISTEN to hear, not to respond.
That being stated, I recently read an article about our current political climate. It is …….concerning. Deeply concerning. So, I’m going to say one thing. For me, most of the decisions I have made that were compelled by fear were the wrong ones. Fear is usually NOT the best motivator ~ it leaves you in a reactionary position instead of responding.
The article read as follows: “Partisanship and Political Animosity in 2016
Highly negative views of the opposing party – and its members
The 2016 campaign is unfolding against a backdrop of intense partisan division and animosity. Partisans’ views of the opposing party are now more negative than at any point in nearly a quarter of a century.
For the first time in surveys dating to 1992, majorities in both parties express not just unfavorable but very unfavorable views of the other party. And today, sizable shares of both Democrats and Republicans say the other party stirs feelings of not just frustration, but fear and anger.
More than half of Democrats (55%) say the Republican Party makes them “afraid,” while 49% of Republicans say the same about the Democratic Party. Among those highly engaged in politics – those who say they vote regularly and either volunteer for or donate to campaigns – fully 70% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans say they are afraid of the other party.”
You can access the rest of the article here: http://www.people-press.org/2016/06/22/partisanship-and-political-animosity-in-2016/
Just think about it, pause and let the above research study sink it.
Fear. It’s not good, and I don’t like it. Not one bit.