Michael D. Davis

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Coming To You From the Sexually Political Religious Middle



This post is in response to an original article written for The Huffington Post ON October 23rd, 2016, by Matt Sweetwood. This article was then posted to beBee on October 24th, 2016 and can be found here:


Oh my. I’m feeling a bit like a bee that just ran into a windstorm. Headway is impossible, but I feel compelled to weigh in here, so I am begrudged to flap on. Somehow I don’t feel like I’m alone in my feelings and this current vitriolic discourse here puts a fine point on the situation.

For most of my adult life I’ve accepted the tenant that there are three things best left out of polite and civil conversation if a person wishes to continue an amicable and respectful relationship;

- Politics

- Sex

- Religion

It seems this approach has, as often is the case, fallen by the wayside. In our current search for a president, here in the United States, it appears that much of the mainstream media’s insatiable thirst for salacious sound bites has once again collided with wisdom and polite reason and caused things to drop to a level of divisive discourse that can only be described as sophomoric and sensationalist.

I do believe that the fitness of those running for the highest office in our country deserves serious scrutiny. I also believe that this scrutiny comes with a responsibility to stay on topic in as much as mental, physical and lawful conduct by the candidates are concerned and the reporting of such. We’ve all said things we regret, both in public and in private. We’ve all done things that are hurtful and unthinking when we look back on them. No one is perfect. And like any job, some are fit for certain roles and others are not.

That said, there are three things I do know about this election for a fact:

1) At least half the people in this country are concerned about where we are potentially headed, regardless of who becomes the next POTUS.

2) It is increasingly difficult to separate the media’s determination to outdo one another in reporting whatever they decide for us is “newsworthy” from the actual facts. It truly is a “He said – She said” situation we now face in this country.

3) The road to recovery in this country, economically, socially, educationally and physically, is going to take more than a one person-one vote, “I did my part so it’s not my problem”, strategy.

EACH of us who counts our self as citizen of this country owes a debt to our family and our community to become more involved in decision making processes on all levels. We need to raise leaders who lead not only from the front, but the middle and the back of the room as well. We need to begin setting a better example to those future leaders who will be responsible for whatever we create after we are gone if people are going to begin trusting and not continue in an ever increasing cycle of cynicism and fear.

I believe that fear is a natural reaction to the unknown. Well, maybe each of us needs to shoulder the responsibility to get in the know a bit more by doing our homework, not relying on someone to do it for us, and becoming intimately involved in the solution and not be perceived or actually part of the problem.

Just know this. We live in a country that still gives us the precious freedom to choose. If we don’t exercise that freedom, some day we may look around and find that it is gone. And that should be something we truly fear and remind ourselves of every single day.


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Phil Friedman

5 years ago #10

I'll repeat here the comment I originally posted on Mat Sweetwood's post (not necessarily verbatim): I have personally several times in the past abstained from voting for a presidential candidate, in protest over not being offered a genuine choice in terms of domestic and foreign policies. And because I have long believed that Washington is a private club, which is composed of both Democrats and Republicans, but of which neither you nor I are a member, notwithstanding our political affiliations. The problem we face in this election is that, however we got to this place, Trump has over and over again demonstrated that he holds in contempt the principle of peaceful transition of power and has little understanding or regard for the institutions of government, both of which have been essential to the endurance of the Republic. Consequently, I submit that we do not this time have the luxury of voting strictly our consciences, because such arrogant disregard for what has enabled this nation to survive politically presents a clear and present danger to its future. And the only course of action is to vote to keep Trump out of office, while both parties attempt to regroup and fashion a new two-party system that starts working again. Not voting is like refusing to take a vaccine against a fatal disease because you're pissed that the people who are offering you the vaccine had something to do with your getting infected in the first place. You will win the battle and lose the war. And I think a lot of Republicans are realizing this.

Michael D. Davis

5 years ago #9

Oh I'm certainly not advocating not voting. That is an individual right,privilege and personal choice. My concern is how this year's whole process has been usurped by forces that have made it less than what it should be, which, in my opinion, is a respectful and informative process with emphasis on the issues, not the sensationalist mud bath it has become.

Michael D. Davis

5 years ago #8

I take the position that our current political selection process has sadly taken on a very ugly demeanor. This is partly due to media sensationalism as well as a lack of civil decorum among the political participants. We need true leaders in this country. The responsibility falls on we, the American public, to exercise responsible leadership in spite of what career politicians & well heeled bullies exhibit. I'm very weary of what has sadly become politics as usual.

Matt Sweetwood

5 years ago #7

What is my position Jim?

Matt Sweetwood

5 years ago #6

Michael, I don't understand your point. I am not taking a neutral position at all. I am trying to rally a protest against the 2 terrible candidates presented to us to vote for. So please explain...

Michael D. Davis

5 years ago #5

I concur David. If you've read any of my Life Squared Challenge posts you know where I stand my friend

Jim Murray

5 years ago #4

There are a lot of people upset with Mr Sweetwood's post, and his rabid defense of his position. Nothing wrong with that, but you really have to ask yourself where these kinds of posts actually belong The fact that a number of people are upset that the CEO of beBee USA would choose to make that pointed a political; statement on a very touchy subject is disconcerting to say the least. You post rightly points out that a lot of things in the USA have gone to hell lately and the media is the most obvious instigator. I'm vehemently anti-Trump and anti-media myself, but I'm also a Canadian, so I'm just writing about the stuff I see. I guess it's different if you really have a dog in the fight. Maybe.

David B. Grinberg

5 years ago #3

Regarding #3, don't forget "spiritually" too -- at least IMHO. Nice buzz, Mike!
Thank you for making sense. IMHO, Michael.

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