Politically Polite

Just days before our election, I watched “The Lady”, the story of Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for democracy in Burma.  No!  Struggle is a pusilanimous word for this situation.  It’s the heartbreaking, misery-filled, incredibly intense tale of a nation longing for the kind of freedom I experience in America.

While people are being gunned down for daring to attend a political rally… gunned down, I tell you – massacred in the streets of Burma, I am surrounded by countrymen who find it impolite to talk politics and religion.  “Oh”, say they, “We should just talk about sports and the weather and the newest finalist on the latest and greatest TV talent show.”

My friends, I beg of you… before the next presidential election rolls around, let’s all practice speaking politely about our political views and aspirations to one another.  Let’s rise above the ridiculous chatter of bogus attack ads, e-mails filled with half-truths and bold-faced lies, and rude Facebook postcards.

We are an educated nation with information at our fingertips.  The privilege of choosing our leaders is such an amazing honor, handed down to us from our brave forefathers.  I believe we should give them the courtesy of being very concerned about politics.  We owe it to our veterans who have fought to keep our liberties, and who have sacrificed so much to bring political freedom to nations all over this world.
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6 Responses to “Politically Polite”

  1. Kim Mann says:

    Amen! I find it hard to understand people who don’t make any attempt to inform themselves.

  2. Betty Williamson says:

    Bravo! Civility has been in short, short supply. I completely agree with your words!

  3. June Taylor says:

    I agree wholeheartedly though I could never have come up with such a civil non-threatening statement. Bravo!

  4. Jim Standifer says:

    Will Rogers said, “we learn in two ways, one by reading and the other by association with smarter people.”– the trick is to know when you know someone with “common horse sense.” Lots of them in this area, and I like them all –even when they are smarter than me.

  5. Jim Standifer says:

    and Sandy, by the way, great job!! Thanks

  6. Cheryl says:

    As always, well said, Sandy.

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