A Short Message Before Election Day

A Short Message Before Election Day

Neither side is going away.
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I want to ask you to recount the last few months on Election Day. Remember this Election Day all the people you've wanted to remove from facebook. You are constantly infighting with friends on facebook, because clearly you are correct and everyone must know it. It's one of the many results of an election year - inevitably, you learn someone's political views that you weren't wanting to know, and now you can never look at them the same way again. Well I just wanted to inform you of something - something everyone constantly arguing on my Facebook feed is conveniently forgetting. Stop arguing for one minute, stop gathering quotes from Wikipedia for one minute, and stop constantly commenting on posts for the sake of arguing, because I want to drop a bombshell on you.

Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton are friends.

Now, you might not be sure why this is relevant to you and your Facebook tendencies. It's relevant because the two children of the people hurling daggers at each other in a very public, almost entertaining style of an arena are friends. They always have been friends. They will be remaining friends after this election. Ivanka and Chelsea should be the model for every American citizen come Election Day. All that time you spent arguing, getting heated, and subsequently burning bridges because of politics, has led me to show you the peaceful coexistence of the children of this election. Apparently, the two friends are opting to not be seen in public currently, but the two have always gotten along and refuse to let their views or their parents views get in the way. This is their parents lives and careers on the line. Everyone's dirty laundry has been dug out and left to dry. It's fairly high stakes.

On Election Day, and leading up to it, maybe we should use this friendship as the poster child for what is coming next. Maybe we need to learn to coexist and not argue. Maybe we need to learn to talk.

Remember, America, no matter how much you hate the other side, they're still going to be there after Election Day. They're still going to be your neighbors and your fellow citizens as a whole, regardless of how much you disagree with or hate their views. No matter how much Democrats and Republicans hate each other, you're still stuck with each other.

Maybe, just maybe, you should take a page out of the Clinton-Trump book. By that, I don't mean recite scandals or controversial comments. By that, I don't mean utterly lambast the views of the other side, interrupt each other, or hurl insults on a public stage. By that, I mean take a page out of the Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton friendship. Listen to each other, respect each other, and worst case scenario - put it aside.

If they can do it, why can't you?


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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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