I approve this post…

They’ve already begun.

Those horrid campaign commercials, sponsored by some super PAC claiming it is “responsible for the content of this ad”. I’m being generous in assuming their “content” is at least equal to the content of my cat’s litter box.

Politics is fraught with tripwires: votes taken by our elected officials on complex matters, each with all sorts of amendments tacked on to them, are commonplace. As we enter the official election season, darkly disturbing images and overdramatic narrations drizzle relentlessly from our televisions. This candidate claims to be pro-family, but he voted for the wholesale slaughter of the endangered, white-spotted pygmy grouse, perhaps the cutest animal ever put on God’s green earth!

Politics is a nasty business indeed, made worse today since most of us have direct newsfeeds that gleefully buzz our phones with the latest horrors. How do we avoid inevitable political fatigue, which I believe is responsible for the burgeoning class of uninformed voters, those who tune out the mayhem and cast votes for parties out of habit?

First, avoid anger and disgust. Political commercials are designed to manipulate your emotions. That’s their intent. Recognize that fact and either chuckle at their absurdity or tune them out altogether. There are many reliable news sources on which to form your opinions (but certainly not Facebook reposts!).

Second, reexamine your affiliation in light of your current party platform. I hear friends say they are from the “party of Lincoln,” and yet, they remain ignorant of the “southern strategy” employed by the Republican Party to secure the votes of southerners who were angry with civil rights legislation. Once reliably blue, now the home of the “Lost Cause” runs deep red. Conversely, the Democratic Party at one time wholeheartedly embraced those same convictions. Parties change, and that’s a fact.

Third, consider whether or not you are a one-issue voter, driven to the polls because of a single perceived plight on the American soul. Ponder the impact other issues have on your neighbors. Someone close to me did this, and she discovered that beyond the one issue dear to her, the opposing political party ultimately reflected her overall concerns much better.

Finally, be sure to vote. I don’t care what your politics are, but I do care that our democracy is respected with the votes of informed, stable citizens governed by confident purpose, not inflamed into rage by ignorant half-truths. Otherwise, this guy wins:

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