• Michael McGowan

5 Steps to get through Campaign Season

If you thought 2016 was bad you haven't seen what the next rough ride of 2020 will show you. In about six weeks the Iowa caucus kicks off the election season. By the end of February Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina will have had their say. By the end of March over half of the delegates for each party will have been pledged.

This is what we have to look forward to: endless television, radio, internet ads and billboards; quips, quotes and soundbites; Facebook friends lost, co-workers angered and vandalism to homes and cars telling us for whom to vote.

There's light at the end of the tunnel.

Step 1: Delete Facebook. I did it in 2016 and didn't get back on until early 2017. It helped beyond politics and losing friends. It increased my awareness of how much I was on my phone.

Step 2: Don't have the radio on in the car. Record your television shows and just keep your eyes on the road instead of reading billboards. I've been using DVR for most of my television habits and I listen to podcasts while in my car. Occasionally I just enjoy the drive without distraction.

Step 3: Don't answer people when they ask you what your opinion is on something. No matter how you answer it might end badly because when they go off to have the same conversation with someone else they'll name drop, "Well, John in Accounting agrees with me." You might look like a jerk, uninformed, or apathetic but it doesn't matter.

Step 4: Don't put bumper stickers on your car or be that one guy or gal with a blue lawn sign among the sea of red. Especially if it's a national or state wide election. By all means if Joe the Plumber is your pal and he's running for dog catcher have at it. Otherwise, you're not changing my mind. And who wants to be the person with a Ross Perot '92 bumper sticker on your car?

Step 5: Vote!

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