Election Reflections

So we’re two days past the election and I gotta say, I’m glad it’s over. Between the campaigns starting almost immediately after the 2014 midterms (remember all SIXTEEN Republican candidates?) and the general air of malcontent since June when the nominees were decided to almost nobody’s satisfaction, I’m personally glad for the break. We have at least six months before they start campaigning for 2020, right?

One thing that has yet to go away, however, is the extreme amount of emotionalism and overwhelming histrionics of the voting population. Three words: GET. OVER. IT.

Seriously, guys and gals, time to grow up and quit having a temper tantrum because you lost. Maybe that’s easy for me to say, since I didn’t have a horse in this race, but even if I did, I wouldn’t be rioting and crying because I lost. It’s bad sportsmanship if nothing else. I had to deal with 2008, 2012 (perhaps the greater loss) and my preferred candidate losing in this round of primaries. Sometimes that’s just how the cookie crumbles. Dust off the crumbs and move on.

I should not be getting emotional, touchy-feely emails from my corporate wigs who think it’s appropriate to emote on the company server. You can’t complain out of one side of your mouth about the tenor of the national dialogue and then go on to bitch, piss and moan about the election results from the other, all while trying to supposedly encourage inclusivity in the workplace. You know what will lead to an inclusive and peaceful workplace? Professionalism. Stone cold professionalism. Any recruiter, veteran worker, or manager worth their salt will tell you that two things cause the most drama in a team: politics and romance. They’re distractions, not conducive to productivity, thus inappropriate. Professionalism almost demands the avoidance of the inappropriate in the workplace.

Know what else does? Good manners. I know that’s hard because it requires getting out your self-absorbed bubble and thinking about others, the situation at hand and the environment you’re in, but good manners can solve a myriad of problems. If we get enough buy-in to this radical concept, it might even *le GASP* improve the tenor of the national political dialogue. What a concept!

So, to sum up, from the original American President himself, George Washington’s 58th Rule of Civility, “let your Conversation be without Malice or Envy, for tis a Sign of a Tractable and Commendable Nature: And in all Causes of Passion admit Reason to Govern.”

In modern English: speak politely, feel less and THINK MORE.


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