111.3 million people took the time to watch the Superbowl. It’s a matter of historical fact now. Like many people, my ‘favorite’ team was not playing in the game, but I was in favor of the Giants winning. Why? I just like them better than the Patriots. They are not my favorite team, and I don’t regularly follow their games – I have often cheered AGAINST them when they are playing my favorite team. On Superbowl Sunday 2012 though, I was watching the game, and rooting for the Giants, because it is participation in an event that is tremendous and distinctly American. It brings us together as a country.
Politics has that same potential, but an increasing number of Americans don’t view it that way. In politics, if our favorite team is not playing in the championship game, we don’t watch, we don’t vote, we don’t participate, and in doing so we miss out on an event and a process that is amazing – it is distinctly American! Politics and Elections can bring us together as a country.
For football, many Americans get the stats of our favorite teams, we do competitive research on opposing teams, we call out bias in commentators, and we boo when a ref makes a bad call. Can you IMAGINE how dynamic our political landscape would be if we did that same kind of research on the candidates? It would be amazing!
This election season, get involved like it’s a football game – we are still in the very ‘early minutes’ of this political football game. Invite your friends to be a part of it, do the research on the opponents, find out the stats on your candidate/team and don’t be afraid to like a team/candidate that may not be your favorite!
Bottom line, go out and get involved ! Watch the plays that are made, do the research, find out the best plays to lead to our victory. You can participate and get involved – you’ve GOT to – because this isn’t just two hours, a trophy and a ring we’re talking about… This is the future of our great nation! The playclock is counting down. Treat this election season with the same passion you would the Superbowl, and get involved!