I understand gaffes. As a public speaker, I’ve had plenty of my own. The recent comment (gaffe) by President Obama is personally disturbing to me. In an effort to quiet the booing crowd (because of the mention of Mitt Romney’s name) during a rally in Ohio, he challenged the attenders by saying, “Voting is the best revenge.” Where did this gaffe originate? Is our president actually seeking some sort of revenge or calling upon others to carry it out? If so, revenge on whom or what? Sounds like a scene from 2016: Obama’s America and the anti-colonialism argument. To seek revenge is to inflict hurt or harm on someone for an injury incurred or wrong done. It’s the act of getting back, paying back, or retribution. Is that what our nation is doing November 6th?
Voting is a citizen’s right in a democracy. It’s an exercise of conscious. We each cast a vote based upon our biases, preference, and ideologies. When I stepped into the voting booth last week, I didn’t cast a vote for revenge, but voted my conviction and worldview. Words like revenge promote division in an already divided nation. If we’re telling a county of divided people that voting is an act of revenge are we not furthering the divide? This schism is already great and doesn’t require any unsolicited promotion. Whoever wins next week must work diligently to bridge the great American divide. We must remember that a house divided falls.