American Politics are Making this Canadian Uncomfortable
The US Presidential election is just around the corner, and although I live in Canada, my Twitter stream is pretty heavy with Political tweets. I have to admit – I’m getting pretty uncomfortable watching it all go down.
What exactly is making me uncomfortable?
As far as I can tell, what is really getting me down is the clear division that is happening between those who identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans. The line has always been there, but inevitably as time progresses, it become thicker.
From acquaintances to family members, the tension is rising and there is a huge increase in the daily conversation about issues such as same sex marriage (Chik-Fil-A anyone?), the Pro-Choice/Pro-Life debate, Unemployment and the financial crisis, Immigration laws, and more. This, on top of the Obama/Romney bashing that is happening (take your pick). (For the record, I am 100% in support of same sex marriage, it’s been happening here in most Canadian Provinces since around 2003 – but I don’t know enough about the Chik-Fil-A situation to really comment.)
I completely appreciate the passion of every individual that is sharing their opinion and their voice in support of their chosen Political party – but I often wonder how much humanity is lost in Politics. Do political opponents become nameless and faceless? Do friends quickly become foes?
I know that I am laid back about Politics. I joke about being a typical Apolitical Canadian with my American friends. But – I also know that if lived in the US, and it was my family, my children, my friends that were ultimately going to live the outcome of this election, I would probably be right where many Americans are right now – spreading the word, sharing my opinions, etc.
But I am not American – and I am squirming in my seat wondering if we can all just get along – playing mediator whenever I can.