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Politics: Two Sides of the Same Coin

It's not about who is best, but what is best.

Raise your hands towards tomorrow.

In today's world of political scandal and smear campaigns, it's hard to know the truth. It seems that each politician instead of building a better platform and a clearer vision for their country instead reverts to their basest of impulses and tries to tear down the others. They attack the other candidates to weaken their position or character instead of strengthening their own position.

In my opinion, it's not about who is right or wrong but what is right for all the people involved no matter the side. 

Too often I see ad campaigns used as weapons instead of information, rallies turn into cliques instead of open forums and speeches that do not inform but divide. This is all used to distract the people from seeing the problems in the candidate's platform and instead focusing on the lives of their opponents. They state that the candidate's views are lessened because of something in their life or what they might have once believed. What we need to remember is that politics is about the people and you cannot disregard a group of people’s views based on unrelated facts or misinformation. People can change, their views, ideas, and beliefs evolve as they do through open and clear discussion; the beauty that’s found in the passionate exchange of ideas. We need to see past the propaganda and lies to what is best for all not squabble over what is right for a few.

This is not what the Greeks envisioned, I'm sure, when they founded democracy so many years ago. Democracy should be about open fair discussion not to find out who is right but instead what is right for all concerned.

We should be able to have open and fair discussions together without resorting to anger or fist fights on some occasions. Without open and clear dialogue between people, we can never truly have a democratic system. I understand that what people believe is very personal and they will stand passionately for it and I applaud that spirit. Belief is about evolution and the reason we come together from all walks of life is to hear other views to either strengthen our own views or spark an evolution of all our beliefs. Most times in today’s democracy we listen to respond and not understand. Like a war we want our words to be the winning side not caring whose ears may bleed from the force of our voices.

Democracy is not about what is right for a select group of people but instead, it needs to be about what is right for all people.

We need to stop letting these divisions separate us from the whole for we are all diminished for it. Our political system needs to be the pinnacle of modern society where people unify to evolve together by choosing in unity where we should go as a society while learning from the steps of our forebearers.

No one is perfect, for perfection is not a destination but a journey: This journey is difficult and filled with many missteps. To find our path we need to walk the road together. Eachother being a light in the darkness to ignite the spark of hope within our fellow being.

We need to start focusing on the future and come together to find out what is right and not whom. Each day we create the future out of our choices. Every choice we make is like adding another brick to this journey called life. It is up to each of us to ensure that the path we build towards tomorrow doesn’t end in darkness.

“You either create a world for everyone or else you end up in a world fit for no one.” —John Ames Birch 
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