Political nerds unite.
We’re all riled up, those of us following the pre-primary presidential race have been stunned, inspired, curious, and, most likely, concerned as we learn more about the candidates looking to sit behind the Resolute desk as the leader of the free world.
This is the first time in my life that I have a strong desire to learn more about the political process and the people who hold public office. Maybe it’s all of the West Wing I’ve been watching. I’ve turned my Twitter feed into a pundit parade, I’ve literally bought the book on U.S. politics (Politics for Dummies, in case you’re interested), I watch Morning Joe while getting ready for work and I research the topics that are of importance to me. I am fascinated by this entire process on how we elect individuals to lead our nation, it’s better than reality T.V.
My genuine curiosity and interest has been peaked, not because of something a candidate has said or because Donald
Trump is looking to get some attention, but because it seems that very few people are interested in actually understanding the viewpoints of those that they don’t automatically agree with. The preference to throw punches over listening to understand is baffling. It reminds me of how young children throw temper tantrums because they don’t understand that other children have feelings, wants, and needs too.
Typically, I fundamentally disagree with the stance that Republican candidates take on the issues most important to me however, I don’t consider myself a Democrat either. I am a person that believes anyone, regardless of their party affiliation, could lead our country in a positive way. I don’t feel that I need to agree with your opinions in order to trust you to move us forward, that doesn’t mean I’m not interested, it just means that I want to hear about WHAT you will do, not so much about WHY you’re right and someone else is wrong. I’ve noticed lately that I seem to be with the minority, which is what has peaked my interest. Why are we so insistent on proving someone else wrong instead of having intelligent conversations to understand a differing viewpoint? Listening to opposing ideologies in a constructive environment is how we learn as human beings. Instead of listening to respond, listen to understand. If maybe we spend more time looking for a candidate that will listen to understand and lead with bi-partisan ambitions, there would be more time to actually get things done for those of us sitting at home waiting for what’s happening in Washington to actually make a difference in our daily lives.
But what do I know? I’ve got Politics for Dummies sitting on my coffee table.