Monday, November 16, 2009
POLITICAL MUD SLINGING? AIRING EACH OTHER'S DIRTY LAUNDRY?
Why do political campaigns have to have a negative side to them? Why do candidates feel they have to fling mud at each other and air each other's dirty laundry? Didn't we have enough of this with Franken and Coleman? And with others at almost every election? Voters get sick of it to the point where they don't want to vote for anyone. Except, of course, for those who delight in being trolls.
I really hope that the 2010 election will be clean. No one needs to act like grammar school kids. For once, can we just have an election where everyone loves everyone else? One in which each side shows a compassion for the other? Or is that just not possible?
My Grandmother always said, "If you can't say something good about someone, then don't say anything at all." It's better to remain silent, because if you don't, you can bet that it will escalate until the entire campaign, no matter whose campaign it is, will fall. Even people who are generally kind and caring people can fall into the trap of lashing out. We all need to remember to turn the other cheek. Nonviolent people need to behave in ways that are becoming to their own integrity. When we turn the other cheek it gives us an inner strength and keeps the opposition silent.
We don't need to fling mud on others because generally they do a pretty good job of flinging it on themselves. Voters will notice. They'll also notice who engaged in mud and who kept quiet. He who keeps quiet about their opponents' shortfalls and stupidity is the one who is admired and looked up to for leadership.
Candidates can and should defend themselves from attack, but why go on the offensive? That smells too much like the war policy we've had for far too long. We should all remember that world peace begins within each of us and works its way outward into the macrocosm.
This from an Aries, the sign of war and fire. Must be from my Capricorn Ascendant and Venus in Pisces.
Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now.