It’s basically undeniable that politics can sometimes be dirty and crude. We often blame politicians for this, contributing their empty promises and cutthroat actions to the current state of American politics. But perhaps the sad state of politics does not stem solely from these politicians; perhaps we, as citizens of the United States, are responsible as well.
Google George Bush. Out of the first twenty images shown, only about four of them feature our current president in a respectful manner. The others feature him in awkward face shots or various vulgar ways. Even if the man has an extremely low approval rating, he is still the leader of our country. Personal feelings aside, this man is our president, the highest ranking government official in our entire country. And yet we have the audacity to portray him like that? It’s certainly okay to disagree with his policies or his actions. It’s certainly not okay to disrespect so much to the point that goggling his name turns up more inappropriate links than useful ones.
Anyone that knows me knows that I openly advocate Barack Obama; Hillary is far from the top of my favorite people list. But, disagreeing with someone is no reason to publicly disrespect them. I’ve seen many political t-shirts this year (I even own a few), but seeing one today that featured both Barack and Hillary and the tagline “Bros before Hoes” is just inappropriate. These are the negative actions that cause such a negative American political system.
Maybe it’s our negative comments to a fellow government classmates or those crude things that we post on a political blog that have resulted in this “dirty politics” mentality. It’s only natural to place blame on anyone but ourselves. But, perhaps we need to turn that blame around and take responsibility for ourselves. And for those millions of people who proclaim “Change we can believe in”–remember that change only begins with yourself.