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I have always encouraged our children to read the newspaper, watch the news, and pay attention to current events. I want them to be informed citizens as they grow. We talk openly about how we make our choices in voting. How no one candidate can fully match all your wants in a candidate but that you have to look at what is most important to you – finances, healthcare, education, national security and vote with the candidate that best aligns with your beliefs on those topics. We have taught them how to research and what are places you can trust to get your information.
But, this election season has been ugly on all sides. Name calling, threatening people, stealing political signs, etc…. It is all over the news. Untrustworthy “news” sites popping up all over social media and spreading untruths or at best half-truths about both candidates.
The other night I picked my son up from his orchestra practice and the first thing he asked me was, “Realistically, what are the chances of a Civil War after the election?” My heart broke. He is 13 years-old. This should not be where his mind is. But, he hears kids talking at school, people at the table near us in the restaurants, news stories on the radio. I am thanking God he has no Social Media accounts or he would be a basket case reading all the comments from both sides.
I am not asking you to not state your opinions or squelch your rights but what I am asking is that you look around you before you speak. I believe that there are kids just like him all over the country. Scared and hiding what they are really thinking about what is happening in this country. Please be kind when you are talking politics, especially in public. There are many around you who may not be able to fully grasp the situations but understand the anger from both sides. They are scared.