Letters to the Editor

Why not ask direct questions about support for candidates?

Putting anyone on a pedestal is risky business. People are imperfect. This is true across the board, but it should hold special meaning in our constitutional republic (wherein we select individuals to represent us in government).

Thanks to social media, everyone has a platform and can express their support or opposition to issues and candidates. This is great. However, we have also entered a trend where expressing support for a candidate will be met immediately by an article or opinion trying to shame you and lump you into the worst flaws of a candidate. Nobody seems to ask the question anymore: “Why did my friend support a certain candidate?”

Instead the shaming begins — and your support is met with articles listing the “Top 5 worst things ‘Candidate A’ ever said.” Your reason for supporting the candidate means nothing. You are left there to denounce the bad or be saddled with the comments as if you said them. You will be told by friends that they are “disappointed” — which is odd, because the disappointing thing is when friends who know you assume you share every trait with a candidate though they know you better than that. The really disheartening thing is this: Candidate A and Candidate B both have flaws (undoubtedly) and we are assigning those flaws to our friends.

It doesn’t have to work this way. Do you want to know what led to support for a candidate? Here’s a crazy idea: Ask.

Jeremy England

Ocean Springs

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