OPED: Five Tips For Staying Sane During The 2016 Presidential Blood Bath

This writer is fond of calling American politics a blood sport.  (Well, really, it can be more like mud wrestling with the nastiest pig coming out the winner.)  Of late, though, politics is beginning to resemble something more along the lines of religion.  True believers pick their messiah, even if he or she could very well be a wolf in shepherd’s clothing (you are one of the sheep), and defend that person to the death.  One fashions one’s ideology to match one’s chosen messiah.  Sunday morning, the Lord’s day, is TALK SHOW MANIA, also known as the way to hear the words of the people that are supposed to matter in politics.  EVERYTHING is fair game to discuss whether the preachers of the church of the state know anything about it or not.  All aspects of life are seen through the lens of politics, even things that are no one else’s business.

Does this sound familiar?  Good Catholic girl that I am, when politics started mirroring the tenets of Faith, multiple steps backward were warranted.  Honestly, voting is more or less confession: what happens inside the voting booth is pure and honest and its between no one but the individual and God…at least until the George Soros voting machines change one’s vote on the fly.

In the past couple of months, as the argument has raged on the political right of just exactly WHICH presidential candidate messiah is the right one, which one is Herod incarnate, and just which one really is more likely to deny the true savior of America three times on election day, living and breathing politics has become amazingly stressful.  To remove all the angst and stress of the process that drags on too long for anyone’s peace of mind, here are a few suggestions for surviving the ordeal:

WATCH AS LITTLE OF FOX NEWS AS POSSIBLE

Yes, you read that right, turn off the “fair and balanced” network that actually is profiting the most from this 2016 election fiasco.  If you, the voter, really MUST know what your favorite prognosticator has to say, there’s always YouTube.  Otherwise, to patronize the network is to further pimp out…yeah, not dignifying that person anymore.

TO FIND OUT THE CANDIDATES’ POSITIONS ON THE ISSUES, VISIT THEIR WEBSITES

Amazing thing, the internet.  It allows anyone with access to find out what the various candidates publicly proclaim about the challenges facing today’s world without the filter of the gatekeeper.  Pay no attention to the bells and whistles, just the words.

SCROLL PAST ALL YOUR FRIENDS’ POSTS ABOUT POLITICS

All of us have at least one Facebook friend who has declared, “I AM GOING TO DE-FRIEND ANYONE WHO IS FOR XXXXXX.”  Fine.  In this writer’s case, the worst offender is another political writer, and this individual has so drunk the kool-aid that diabetes is coming sooner or later.  Actually, there’s two of them, and neither can see the forest for the trees.  Just ignore it.

DETACH ALL EMOTION FROM THE PEOPLE RUNNING AND USE THE BRAIN TO DECIDE 

Yes, we are talking about the future of the country we all love, but this isn’t the time to vote for someone because they were betrayed or the media didn’t pay enough attention to them.  Go to the list above and find out what the candidates stand for, and pick the one that will help the nation get back on track in terms of economics and world wide standing.  The rest is really not properly in the realm of government according to our system even if it has been co-opted.

FIND A NEWS AGGRIGATOR AND SCROLL THE HEADLINES FOR BASIC NEWS

Most people do this anyway via Free Republic, Lucianne, and Drudge.  For the most part, these sites offer a little bit of everything when it comes to supporting one candidate over another.  Many of the other “conservative” sites have become rabid attack vehicles for one candidate or another.  Truth be told, though, Free Republic has many very informed commentors who do put links in the comments to more information that might not otherwise see the light of day.

FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, READ A BOOK

Given that this writer is also a novelist, that might just be me, but beginning the day with something else to do is helpful to keep the hives at bay.  Politics does NOT have to be a 24/7 part of life.  I also crochet, sing, and have two cute and charming tyrants, uh, toy breed pooches.

Naturally, the extent of this list and its action items are customizible.  Additional suggestions will be added.

2016 is turning out to be a brutal year, politically speaking.  The mask over who is pulling the strings behind the government marionettes has been pulled away so violently and completely that the reality that the big money sorts at the top of the food chain think of themselves more as benevolent overlords is beginning to sink in.  The silent majority may not be saying much, but they are awake, and they do know what the stakes are, and they are not about to let the establishment just get a pass anymore.

Just remember, though, when it comes to beliefs, politics and religion, governments come and go.  God remains the same.  Maybe it’s time for a realignment.

About the Author

Cultural Limits

A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism – committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests.

In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board).

In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants…make that toy dogs.

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