After my share of ranting and reading your share of ranting… I’ve decided to turn this thing around and Vote on November 6th armed with my best decision. This article from Michael Hidalgo in Relevant Magazine sums up things nicely for me:
Why does election season make us so angry?
My friend Drew said the only thing worse than watching the political debates is looking at Facebook after the debates. He’s right.
Facebook is a bad habit most of the time, but add in political sound bites and it is only gets worse. This election season has generated more hatred, anger, venom, threats, arguments and hostility than usual. Perhaps it has always been out there, and Facebook has just given us an easier way to spew our toxic thoughts to the masses.
Beyond Facebook, I’ve received emails asking me to watch or read certain nasty political commentary. Those who have sent these unsolicited emails have filled the page with all kinds of ugly words about one candidate or party. Some of these emails and comments have even attacked me personally for not saying enough publicly about a candidate or party.
All of this has caused me to feel troubled. I say this because many of these emails are from people who claim they follow Jesus, and say they have given themselves to the God who is love. But their words and the God they follow are not congruent.
While the anger with which many speak is, at first glance, almost unbelievable—just a little consideration can begin to make sense of it. The anger, hatred and hostility of those who have sent emails and said hateful things on their Facebook wall boils down to the same thing.
It has been said that anger is fear coming out. If we look past the toxic commentary many are willing to post we will see a person who is afraid. This should come as no surprise. As Americans, we are fed a steady dose of fear.
Politicians, pundits, Facebook users and the media place others in the crosshairs of fear as a means of political intimidation in the hopes of getting what they want. One might think we would have nothing of it, but nothing could be further from the truth.