When the Circus Leaves Town
by Amy Deace
Steve likes to use the analogy of “taking a tour of the sausage factory” for seeing the inner workings of things. Well, to expand on that analogy, during this caucus season I have not only gotten to take a tour of the factory, I had to move in and watch the workers and keep my mouth shut about all of it. So, as the caucus season mercifully comes to an end, these are my observations from someone that is not on the “inside track” but has been privy to it.
1) None of these candidates are perfect. They all have baggage, some personal, some professional, some a lot, some a little. If you think “your” candidate is perfect, well, you are putting them on a pedestal that God only meant for one man.
2) This time next week, the circus will leave town and you all are going to have to live with the things that you’ve said to others and done to others. These candidates and the national media are not going to give a darn about who you endorsed, who you blogged for, who you traveled with. However, you have to still live next door to your neighbor, still go to your churches, and still drop your kids off at school.
I have seen relationships be torn apart because of these candidates. I myself have lost relationships because people didn’t understand why I wouldn’t just jump in behind a candidate and trust that they were the only one that would save the country. (By the way, God is the only one that will save us.)
I’ve seen friends tear apart friends in the media just to get their fifteen minutes.
I’ve seen people taking all of this personally. If your neighbor isn’t supporting the same candidate as you are, they are obviously a horrible person and need to be publicly flogged.
You all need to remember that on January fourth –tomorrow– you all will be left to live with each other. You need to stop the personal attacks, stop the blogging, stop the lying and start working together again.
Oh, and if you got defensive reading this, it’s probably directed at you.
Amy Deace is married to Steve Deace.