I'm reading through all of the comments from the past election – before, during, and after – and it reminds me why I rarely say anything about politics. It’s a breeding ground of chaos, especially online. Some of my colleagues had the guts to say what I would never, and I give them credit. It's not easy to voice concerns as leaders in an industry that advocates avoidance in order to protect a brand.
First, I want to share that I value our country. My Dad is a veteran. My husbands’ Dad is a veteran. Our grandparents were veterans. We believe in country. Our family would die for it, which gives us great honor.
But, patriotism and political activism are not the same.
What I’ve found, especially from this past election, is that the way we vote – and the honorable, but mostly deplorable announcements of our preferred candidate – is a personal choice.
Should anyone feel the need to claim misogyny or anarchy – or worse – well, that’s an entirely individual decision. Everything about this election was personal. And, as such, should probably stay that way.
I confess that I considered voicing my opinion on a myriad of different matters, but I remembered the age-old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
I would like to add to that, “If you don’t know shit [about politics], don’t say anything at all.”
Admittedly, I don’t follow politics consistently because I don’t fully understand it. And, well, I’ve never been able to make the connection between how political appointees affect our daily life, as individuals. I hear isolated stories, which gives me hope. But, the majority of us put so much weight in the presidential election that’s it’s easy to lose sight of what’s happening in our own backyard.
Most of us are uninformed. This is my PSA to remain mindful of what we say in relation to what we actually know – especially online.
As my client says at the end of his posts (which are now syndicated), take my advice for what it is… it’s just as I see it.