2016 Presidential Election is B-A-N-A-N-A-S

“Be careful about what you think. Your thoughts run your life.” Proverbs 4:23

“Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life.” – Anthony Robbins

We are facing the most important Presidential election in MY lifetime and I’m scared. I am scared that people will be voting not from a place of knowledge and conscientiousness but from a place of anger and bitterness.

“Nothing has to change in your life for you to feel better. You get to feel the way you want to feel all the time, no matter what’s going on. You are responsible for how you think, feel and act always!” – Brooke Castillo

We live in an amazing country. The fact that we can post the junk online that I see every day is proof that we live in a country that is greater than most. Being born a woman in the United States of America is a blessing beyond comprehension to me living in my bubble of a life. You are reading this on a smart phone or iPad or computer which means you are wealthier than 99% of the world’s population. You want to check for yourself? Go here: http://www.globalrichlist.com/

 “The only thing keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself about why you can’t have it.” – Anthony Robbins.

The hostility I see every day from people in my circle of influence is alarming. Facebook posts that are reposts of vile propaganda and lies about the candidates populate my “News Feed”.

False memes and thoughtless reposts… spreading lies, hate and division.

Where are the posts about the issues?

Where are the posts about the platforms of the parties? Have your read the parties official platforms?

Democratic 2016 Platform

Republican 2016 Platform

Why keep posting garbage that perpetuates drama? Really! There are facts and then there is drama.

It’s easy to read a Facebook post, chuckle to yourself and hit “share”.

 “As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred to the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.” Noam Chomsky

When are we as a society going to start taking responsibility for what WE can do? When are we doing to start taking responsibly for what WE say? When are we going to BE the change?  Do you really, seriously think that Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is going to do something to make your life better or worse? When you are going to take responsibility for where you are in life? You are the choices you make. Spend some of that energy you are wasting hating and DO something constructive. BE THE CHANGE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. Take Responsibility for your life.

I see and hear comments all the time about how much someone doesn’t “like” Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Since when is it important to “like” the President? You aren’t voting to have the President come to your book club or supper club. You are probably never going to meet a President. So does it really matter if you like them or not? No. It doesn’t.

You are voting for someone to serve as the commander-in chief of the military (Note: the president DOES NOT have the power to declare war, that is for Congress to do), to carry out legislation, to set foreign policy (Note: “by and with the consent of the Senate), to appoint key personnel (Note: subject to Senate confirmation) including justices of the Supreme Court and “all other Officers of the United States”, to present the State of the Union”, and to pardon felons (e.g., President Gerald Ford  pardoning President Richard Nixon). Those are the job duties of the President of the United States.

 “People keep looking to government for the answer and government is the problem.” – Ronald Reagan.

How do you think your boss would like you if they could read every email you ever wrote or saw all your Facebook posts or saw how you treat you family or your kids? Is your Facebook profile private? We are all unreliable narrators, not just in the way we tell our stories to others, but how we tell them to ourselves. When are we going to start making this election about the issues that matter to the future of our children? Not how much we “like” a presidential candidate. Likability has NOTHING to do with a person’s skills, aptitude, education or experience to do a job.

Then there is the argument that everything matters, because it comes down to the character of a candidate. You want to vote based on someone’s character. General personality traits of good leaders are: self-confidence, humility, trustworthiness, high tolerance for frustration, conscientiousness, warmth, sense of humor, enthusiasm, extroversion, assertiveness, and emotional stability.

 “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is a magnetic to the corruptible.”

For me integrity is the most important value for a leader to have. It encompasses trust, honesty, confidence and authenticity, all in one (thank you Emily Ley). But I don’t think that integrity is something  that a politician can  hold close and have success. So making your decision based on character is pointless.

Your beliefs don’t make you who you are, your actions do.

 “Don’t be led by feelings and emotions”– Galatians 5:25

 “Governments don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. That is against their interests. They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept it.” –George Carlin

 So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to other makes all the difference. –Thomas S. Manson

BEWARE OF FALSE KNOWLEDGE; IT IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN IGNORANCE…” George Bernard Shaw

I take responsibility for the energy I am bringing into the world and sharing with others.