I said it last week, I know. Romney vs. Obama will probably contain the most smear of any two smear campaigns ever. Talking heads have been saying it, personal acquaintances agree: It will hit the fan in coming months.
Step back for a second, though, and examine reality.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are two human beings. They both have parents, they are both a certain age and one day they will both die. They are no different than you and me.
As with all humans they come from different walks of life, both, in their own particular way, are minorities. The president is half black and the challenger practices Mormonism.
Both have different backgrounds. Obama’s father was a Kenyan scholar who died young; Romney’s father was a presidential kandidate in a Republican primary.
And no matter what anyone tells you, to have made it this far in life both men have to be pretty damn smart.
So be prepared for the smear. Some of it will be true; some of it will be exaggerated. It will all be hostile in an attempt to throw the opponent off course. The men behind the men (political strategists and PACs) want to get the voter to hate the opponent.
Don’t hate, though. Respect. If you don’t agree with some of the decisions these kandidates have made over the years, it doesn’t mean you should hate them. Hate’s a strong word, one reserved for people who do harm to you with intent. People who are hated aren’t the ones trying to become (or remain) the leader of the free world.
Furthermore, don’t call your Republican friend a selfish idiot or your Democratic friend a communist. We’re all human beings with rational thought and different views. Political turmoil has torn this country apart.
So be nice, or it’ll get you.
— Juan Cervantes is a junior history major and student blogger for The Diamondback