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Take a break from politics this Christmas season

By State Senator Cam Ward

Our nation has just finished one of the most contentious presidential elections I can remember. In many ways, the American people seem dangerously divided: hate-filled posts fill up social media, while the loudest voices dominate cable television. Active, informed debate about political issues is healthy, but it often seems our political and cultural discourse has more heat than light. However our community and nation will continue to move forward.

This Christmas season, I encourage you to take a break from politics. Put down the newspaper, turn off the cable news network, and go for a week without reading your favorite political blog. Instead, read A Christmas Carol, help out at the local food pantry, send a hand-written letter to a relative or teacher who has had a profound effect on your life, or invite someone over for dinner. Most importantly take the time to enjoy the precious time you have with those that you love. I have learned many lessons in life but one of the most important was the need to take the time to appreciate the blessings we have in life. It was a good lesson that I always try to remember through good times and bad.

As a state senator, I firmly believe in the importance of politics and political discussion, and I am deeply grateful for legacy of liberty we have under the Constitution. But as a conservative, I also know that politics should never occupy the center of our lives. The thrill or pain we get when “our team” wins or loses at the polls is fleeting. The joy we receive when we serve others in our family and our community will last a lifetime.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you this season.

Republican Senator Cam Ward represents District 14 in the Alabama State Senate, which includes all or parts of Shelby, Bibb, Chilton, Hale, and Jefferson counties. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Follow him on Twitter: @SenCamWard

 

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