Guest post by Jenny from Mommin' It Up!
I'm Jenny Rapson, and I approved this message!
We’ve just had an election, and there is a celebratory mood in the air. For some, it’s revelry of relief – no matter who they voted for, many Americans are simply celebrating the fact that it is over. I am one of those Americans. Because the truth is, the past few months in this country have been full of rancor, and it has depleted my spirit.
I have wept, more than once during this election, over the viciousness in the air. I drive down a street nearly every day where for the past four weeks or so there has been a hand-painted sign in the 2nd floor window of a house. It is a painting of John McCain's head, with a drill pointed at his temple. It says, “Drill Here, Drill Now.”
Lovely, America. We should be so proud.
I don't understand why politics causes humans to hate each other so much. I don't understand why people spit a candidate's name out of their mouths like it's a dirty word. I can’t wrap my head around why that has to be part of this democratic process.
I'm not blaming the campaigns for this; I'm blaming their "supporters." Supporters of McCain hell-bent on making Obama, a devoted father of two, out to be a terrorist, supporters of Obama wearing t-shirts at a rally that said “Sarah Palin is a C***”.
Here’s my brilliant post-election strategy for our country: Why don't we stop acting like jerkwads and start loving each other? Even if we could even love each other just a little bit, it would help so much. If you prefer, you can choose to follow the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you'd have done to you." I prefer the words of Jesus in Mark 12:31-32.
“Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Just give it a whirl. I challenge you to treat someone you disagree with like you'd want to be treated. Respect them, honor them, agree to disagree, but agree to work together to make this a better country for all of us.
I think it’s just that we’ve forgotten that it’s an option. Consider yourself reminded.
Jenny Rapson is a SAHM of two who
complains blogs about motherhood, her vanity, and her coupon addiction over at Mommin' It Up!