I've had a heavy heart lately as I watch and listen to some of the politicians via for the spot of President of the United States. I am troubled by the way in which the adults who want to be the leaders of our nation belittle others. We work so hard within our homes and schools to teach our children not to act in this manner, but when we turn on the television and listen to the radio, what do we see and hear?
Imagine if the people who wanted to run our schools acted this way. Would we tolerate it? What about the people we entrust with our health? If they insulted other patients would we accept it and even laugh along with them? Would we place them on a pedestal and talk about how great they are? I think not. So why has it become ok for our nation to accept and even cheer on such disrespect when it comes to those who want the highest position in the land?
I recently read an article in which high school students started insulting students from a rival school because of their nationality. It is my opinion that this is a direct effect of what is going on in the political arena, not only with the candidates, but with those who cheer them on when disgusting, bigoted remarks are made. Are we stepping back in time, or are people's true colors showing? I don't know. All I know is that I am sick and tired of the hatred that is being spread.
Regardless of one’s political views, let us remember and think about our children. They are always watching. And learning. Our words and actions affect them.