Why can’t we all just get along?
Seriously. Why can’t people even pretend to get along, or at least be civil?
We are not going to agree on everything. There is nothing wrong with that. The fact that I have different views and opinions from you is great. We are individuals with our own thoughts and opinions. If we all had the same views and opinions we would not be human. Diversity is a good thing.
That even extends into the political arena. I am free to vote for whoever and whatever I like. What I hold to be good and true. Your view may be totally different. We can agree to disagree.
Where has this bitter divisiveness come from? Everyone is attacking each other and then calling foul on the other. Well, you can’t have it both ways. Some of the comments I have been reading around the internet are just hateful – from BOTH parties.
People have been jumping onto the bandwagon to defend their beliefs at the expense of the others. In doing that, when you attack back with hate and bitterness – you are doing exactly what you are complaining about. Talk about defeating your own purpose. I know this happens on both sides. There are things I hear that make me cringe. I hope that no one supports those who seem to be extremist in their reaction.
We all know there are extremists in every group. They exist throughout society in all groups. What has happened to letting the few overshadow the rest? It would appear that the media is helping to perpetuate this stereotypical image through frequent, consistent reminder.
Here is what I don’t get.
People stealing each others signs, replacing them with the opposing view. Why do that? It is their yard, their car, their right to have that in their yard. If you don’t like it – look away. Don’t taunt them or try to engage in a battle of words or will. Simple human decency seems to have flown out the window.
Yes, we all have the right to free speech as guaranteed by the First Ammendment. That is why it is okay for me to even write about what I think without fear. Everyone is guaranteed that.
- Freedom of speech
- Freedom of Religion
- Freedom of the Press
- Right to gather/assemble (peacefully)
- Right to petition
It seems that in the name of “freedom of speech” people have been carrying things a bit too far. You don’t have the right to slander or libel, attack someone, etc.
My tips for how to behave during an election season:
* Don’t park your car beside someones home, write something inflammatory about them on it, and then leave it there for all to see for days.
* Don’t attack at a campaign motorcade.
* Don’t list someones baby on ebay.
* Don’t threaten people physicially for having views other than yours.
Two supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama found handwritten death threats in their mailboxes Thursday and reported them to Villa Park police. A 74-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man with Obama signs in their front yards near the 600 block of South Villa Avenue received similar letters that had a Villa Park Village Hall return address. “Get the Obama signs off your property–now,” the letter reads. “Failure to obey this order will result in the immediate death of all family members.” Both residents said they will not remove their signs, though the man, who had voted Republican for 25 years before switching parties this year, said his wife is worried about letting their 7-year-old son play alone outside.
* Don’t steal people’s yard signs and replace them with your own. -I am pretty sure theft is not covered by free speech.
As a conservative and Republican I am not out to get you. I do not slander you, I do not call you names for your views and I would appreciate the respect that I show to you.
Even if you don’t like my views, you don’t get to insult or call me names. I am not doing that to you. You have the chance to be the bigger person.