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Alternatives To The Politics Of HATE

Some of us, have become so absorbed by the distractions and negativity of recent – day politics, politicians and elected officials, we have forgotten, or become too apathetic and/ or lazy, to seek a better way! However, despite what President Donald Trump, or his core followers, appear to believe, and certainly abide by, hatred, bigotry, racism, and the blame and complain mindset, are the poorer, less focused, less – inclusive approach! Doesn’t it make sense, since America was founded on, and consistently has claimed a higher moral and ethical standard, based on essential freedoms, there should be, no acceptance of biased, un – American concepts, which treat individuals differently, based on factors, such as race, creed, ethnicity, and/ or religion, etc. Jealous people might make themselves feel better, and superior, by discriminating against others, and blaming them, for anything less than ideal, we need elected officials, who resist the simpler, uglier approach, and take the far less – traveled path, using the superior alternatives to the politics of HATE. This article will briefly discuss why this is so important/ essential, using the mnemonic approach.

1. Healing; humane; hearing; head/ heart; honesty: Rather than hating atockiothers, and polarizing constituencies, by stoking the fires of hatred and bigotry, our elected officials should seek viable solutions, focused on healing wounds, and bringing people together, for the common good! Doesn’t it make sense, a humane leader will attract like – minded followers? One must transform his hearing to effectively listening, and learning/ discovering/ understanding, constituents goals, needs, concerns, priorities and perceptions, and proceed forward, to address them, satisfactorily! By balancing one’s dependence on logic and emotion, and proceeding using a head/ heart balance, while maintaining honesty, one attracts followers, who want change, for the better!

2. Attitude; astute; attention; acquire: Today, more than ever, we need elected officials with a genuine, can – do, positive attitude, and a desire to do something significant, to address challenges, with viable solutions! This takes both acute and astute attention, and an understanding, it doesn’t take going negative, to merely get elected (rather than improve conditions)! Quality leaders continuously seek to acquire followers, by being positive, and solutions – oriented, and avoiding playing the blame, and complain, game!

3. Talk; treatment; timely; treat: There’s an enormous difference between empty rhetoric and mere talk, and the superior approach, which is to address challenges and obstacles, constructively, and in the interests of those one serves, rather than personal self – interest! Examine how one treats others, not only when they are observed, but consistently, and prioritizing positive, motivating, inclusive treatment, rather than the politics of hate! Never procrastinate, but take a stand, and demonstrate leadership, by proceeding in a well – considered, timely manner! Perhaps the easiest explanation might be to take the Golden Rule, seriously, and follow it, by treating others as you would want to be treated. Wouldn’t it be nice if elected officials had to follow the edict, Do unto others, as you would have others, do unto you?

4. Empathy; endear; excellence; effort: A tremendous challenge to quality leadership, is an unwillingness to listen to all constituents, not merely those, with your focus, approach, and/ or biases! Officials who possess true empathy, based on effective listening, and learning, will endear themselves, not merely because of the agenda, but based on the example, they set, which many others will emulate! The easier path of accepting mediocre approaches, and/ or remaining within one’s comfort zone, should be replaced with a definitive, consistent search for relevance and excellence! Seek an elected official who constantly exerts the level of effort, constituents and the nation, deserve!

Whether one agrees with a particular politician (from a political/ policy perspective), should be less important, than considering the quality of the life, one leads! Elect people who are ready, willing and able, to use the alternatives, to the politics of HATE!

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