Well the primary campaign season has finally wrapped up in our state and that means that, at least for the moment, I will no longer be tortured by vicious campaign commercials. For weeks now my mute button has been my best friend. In those times when my finger wasn’t fast enough I had to listen to distortions, half-truths, and outright lies. I heard “liberal” shouted out like it was a curse word. I felt soaked in a sea of anger and hatred. I even saw racism rear its ugly head. Sadly, I think that the coming general election will be even worse.
I do have a hope, however that one day the politics of hate will be replaced with the politics of civility and perhaps even the politics of love. I have a hope that one day we will all realize that what divides us is nothing compared to what connects us. I have a hope that one day people of all faiths, colors, and beliefs will come together, take each other’s hands, look in each other’s eyes and talk peacefully about how we can make this world a better place for all of us.
It is good to remember during these political campaigns that we are all one family in this world. We need to work together to make this planet a wonderful and peaceful place to live not just of ourselves but for our children and grandchildren as well.
Joseph J. Mazzella