.How to Behave this Election Cycle

As the primaries heat up and the nation goes through another election cycle, cast a vote for something unexpected that defies the lies of politicians, something that could save our nation—and most certainly our souls.

In past years, our election cycles have been marked with fear, distrust, polarization, heightened divisiveness and even violence. In 2024, if we do one thing as citizens, let’s end this toxic cycle.

Let’s “vote” for respect, safety and decency in countless ways through our actions and words until Nov. 5, 2024—and beyond. The choice is reflected in whether or not we:

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· Discuss the nominees and issues respectfully with family and friends.

· Post articles that are inflammatory or factual on social media.

· Be careful about spreading misinformation versus fact-based information.

· Choose yard signs that are respectful or derogatory.

· Show up at polling places calmly and without violence.

· Help neighbors, elders, youth and others get to the polls safely.

· Refrain from harassment or intimidation of those who don’t share our views.

· Hold back on insults and sneers at those with whom we disagree.

· Take the time to listen to our fellow citizens and hear their just grievances.

· Support poll workers and election officials in counting the vote fairly.

· Accept the results of a fair and just election.

With deep respect for our fellow citizens, we can stand for common decency and ask others to join us. We can offer each other a basic dignity transcending left and right political views.

It also helps us unravel the profitable hate-mongering that has brought us to our current predicament.

Why not reject the politics of hate in favor of the culture of mutual respect? It’s one powerful political choice that every American can make this year.

We expect our president and politicians to sort out many issues. But changing how we behave during an election year—that’s on us.

Rivera Sun is the author of ‘The Dandelion Insurrection’ and the ‘Ari Ara’ series.


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