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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Guns, Politics, and Love

I wrote this piece in the wake of the UCC shootings and with only a few tweaks it could easily apply to the current state of politics, particularly regarding those running for the office of president. I will suggest those tweaks at the conclusion of the UCC piece below.

The UCC shooting is a place on the map which happens to be called home by me as well as thousands of others. But really it's not about me or anyone there or about those in whose small towns an event like this also takes place. It's about love or its absence. 

The absence of love somewhere along the line ended up placing the shooter at UCC with a burden too great for him to carry productively. Further, those who wished ill of our president during his visit let their cause weigh more heavily than their potential to love.

We may all differ on what we consider an apt solution to school shootings but we each get to decide whether love or hatred fuels our position. Hate is easy and presumes a position of "me first". Love is more difficult and presumes a position of "you first".

Tweaks begin here. 
The United States is a place on the globe which happens to be called home by me as well as millions of others. But really it's not about just me or about just any one city or state. It's not even about this issue or that issue. It's about love or its absence. 

The absence of love somewhere along the line ended up placing vitriol at center stage when discussing politics and particularly when criticizing political leaders. We have placed a burden too great for any one man or woman to bear productively without the wings of love from ALL Americans. Those who wish ill of any presidential candidate or political party are letting 
let their cause weigh more heavily than their potential to love. 

We may all differ on what we consider an apt solution to America's woes but we each get to decide whether love or hatred fuels our position. Hate is easy and presumes a position of "me first". Love is more difficult and presumes a position of "you first". 

So how can we choose love over hate? How do we choose the "you first" over the "me first" for the 2016 elections? 

Perhaps we can look to the candidate who expresses the most love in his or her (h/h) rhetoric and in h/h record. When viewed through this lens you may find yourself even more drawn to your current candidate of choice.  Or you may find yourself drawn to one you had not seriously considered before. To be sure, there are many aspects to consider when choosing a leader for our country, but isn't "love thy neighbor" a good place to start?