Let’s pass on the Politicians on Parade
Have we caught our breath yet? Summit County does it again – survives a star-spangled Fourth of July. Hosting parades, concerts, barbecues, art fairs and many a party, citizens should be proud of what the county has to offer.
We’ve become a magnet for out-of-town friends this time of year. Although exhausting, we never lack for things to do. There’s something for everyone.
With three small children, the parades remain the highlight in our household. Who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up in red, white, and blue and go dive for candy while waving at silly clowns? However, in the midst of all the revelry, there remains one disappointing factor: politicians on parade. Do we really need to wave to a float for the coroner?
Our most recent guests from Connecticut were amazed at the length of the parade made in large part by candidates. I do not think they think alone. Do we really need to see high school-style posters with hand-written jingles cheerleading a favorite candidate? It’s juvenile. It’s tedious. It’s downright inappropriate for a parade on the Fourth of July. Independence Day is the one day we should all come together, celebrating our country’s unity, not be reminded of battles between the liberals and the conservatives and everything in between.
Not only do the politicians lack imagination where their cars and floats are concerned, but they take up time. I talked with many a person about the parades. Everyone made one comment in common – too long. The marching band was terrific, the clowns gave us a smile, funny floats fashioned out of tissue paper made us chuckle, but politicians? The endless string of Vipers is long enough to endure, but cars with posters pleading votes are over the top. Let’s draw the line.
Parades are a wonderful way to celebrate together. We feel unified as a nation, as a people. It’s a great chance to say hurrah and wave a flag. We can yell and cheer and feel good about ourselves. Do we really need to include the politicians in this equation? The coroner can vie for votes on another day. Let’s save the Fourth to celebrate our country and our county as a whole.
Carrie Brown is a Summit County resident and regular
contributor to Summit Voices.
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