Politics: from Poly (meaning many) + Ticks (Blood-sucking insects)

‘Tis the season.  Political signs are popping up faster than the leaves are turning and half my mail is propaganda.  Vote for this guy! Vote for her!  Don’t vote for them, for heaven’s sake!!  Freedom of speech, check.

But all the same, I am cautious about political signs on businesses, especially those where someone has taken the time to rearrange their advertising to promote a candidate.  On the one hand, passions are useful in driving someone to work for what they believe in.  Expressing support for a cause, helping to forward that cause, can be a force for good in the world, and for personal growth as well.

But certain kinds of passions are divisive–leading others to believe they know and understand us based upon that single opinion:  vote for _____   All it takes are those three words, some knowledge of the local (or national) campaign, and the proponent has already alienated a large number of potential customers, who now think they know what that business owner–and, by extension, the business are all about.  Do I want to support a business that supports ________?  It’s a useful question to ask when you understand what the considerations are. Do you support “green” businesses?  Business that are allied with certain charities?  That may be an important part of your decision-making process.

Both political parties would have the public believe that waving the flag of their candidate reveals some Deep Truth about you as a person and what you think the town/state/country needs.  However, the declaration of voting behavior is probably not a strong indicator of the individual at all.  He may be a single-issue voter who is so driven by some other passion that a candidate supporting that passion will always win the vote.  She might have concerns specific to this election cycle that she feels need to take precedence.  Our individual beliefs are much more complicated than a single name on a placard might imply.

Readers of this blog may think they know my politics because I have written about firearms. Or because I have discussed my concerns about torture.  It is one thing to develop a sense of someone based on the things they care about–quite another to judge based on support of someone else entirely, a political creature likely to change his stand the minute the voters seem to be turning against him.

Name-brand politics depress and often disturb me. I’d rather reveal myself through my choices than to mislead my public by claiming a candidate.

About E. C. Ambrose

I spend as much time in my office as I possibly can--thinking up terrible things to do to people who don't exist.
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2 Responses to Politics: from Poly (meaning many) + Ticks (Blood-sucking insects)

  1. Lindsey says:

    I personally would prefer businesses to remain neutral, especially local businesses when it comes to supporting whole parties or candidates (specific issues I’m more on the fence about). I went to a local butcher’s facebook page recently for information and instead found it to be a memorial to strong anti-Obama posts (of the he wasn’t born here sort). It was annoying, not even because of the vehement politics, but because the owner chose to make their store page a political soap box instead of displaying useful information about prices or potential sales or anything regarding the business at all.

    I love the title of the post, btw.

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