When my son was just a young lad, we gave him some Tonka trucks which allowed him to spend hours digging up dirt and moving it from one place to another. Not only did it fill the time, but he nearly excavated a small portion of our backyard. I also enjoy digging in the dirt and attacking the weeds – pulling and tugging as the long roots are lifted from the earth. There’s something about digging in the dirt that gives great satisfaction.
We’re in prime time dirt digging right now and the mud being slung is probably going to hit record numbers before it’s all over. With the year we’ve been having so far, I don’t know if I’m ready for all the back and forth. 2020 will go down in the history books (if we ever see them again,) as a year everyone would rather forget.
We’ve seen it already in the investigations occurring on a regular basis in Washington, DC. Anger, hatred and malice fuels this activity and turns a simple dig into a huge excavation with holes everywhere.
Debates can be good, but who knows what will happen in this election? We have an incumbent president, who has achieved success by telling everything like it is – whether it hurts another person doesn’t seem important. On the other hand, we have a candidate who has difficulty communicating in full sentences and often drifts off to other topics. To top it off, we have social media, which is filled with personal opinions without fact checking. We have a news media that seems to be hell bent on creating turmoil, so they have something to write about. We have the entertainment industry, spewing their opinions and using their popularity to change people’s minds.
Digging up dirt is usually intended to make room for something new and different. When we’re talking about slander and character assassination, it takes on a whole different meaning. Instead of building up, it is designed to tear down.
With the coming election, we can count on being bombarded by negative advertising, news stories that bring up things from a long time ago and a public that is being led into making a decision based on these dirty stories.
The truth is hard to take some times, yet when that truth is bent on someone’s downfall, it’s downright nasty. We need to do our homework as voters. We can’t sit idly by and listen to the lies and twisting of the truth and base our decision on those things. It’s our obligation to make our own wise decisions, based on facts.