I belong to an online chat forum. There are a couple hundred members, but only a handful of active voices. Still, new ones pop up from time to time depending on the discussion thread. We all go back a long way (same high school graduating class) so we have lots in common, and after a recent reunion, a lot of catching up to do!
Recently the discussion turned to politics. Not nasty in-your-face diatribes, mind you, but some well developed satire as well as some thoughtful analysis (I graduated with a bunch of brainiacs!). But something happened.
“I was wondering if I was the only one bothered by the recent trend to politics. For some reason, politics have always ‘bored me terifically’ to borrow a line from It Happened One Night,” wrote one poster.
“It is my opinion the political discussions is not drawing in people but chasing them off,” said another.
“Agree. I brought this up when the first political post appeared,” was one response.
On the contrary, I was enjoying the political banter and found it sad that we felt we had to refrain from expressing views on something as important as these elections. Shouldn’t we be seeking out information and alternative opinions in order to more fully shape our own? Why does politics have to be off-limits in polite conversation?
Parents as Teachers National Center is a Voter Education Partner of the Commission on Presidential Debates. The VP debates, as you may know, will be held at Washington University in St. Louis on October 2. Whether or not you voice your opinions publicly, we certainly hope you plan to voice them at the polls in November…and that you keep early childhood issues top of mind!