So this happened today.
I work as an intern for the Obama Campaign office. I closed the office last night, and this morning the first thing I woke up to was a phone call from my supervisor asking if I saw anything out of the ordinary last night. The reason for his call?
Someone threw rocks through our office window.
Living in Utah, I come from a very conservative community. Our office is the only office for the Obama campaign in the state. We know we aren’t going to win the campaign in Utah, and our efforts are focused in Colorado, but still someone in the area found the need to vandalize our efforts, because of the hatred that they feel for us.
However, I don’t feel the need to get angry about it. I’ve decided instead to take a different approach. Rather than devoting energy to being upset, I am instead strengthening my resolution to support President Obama. There is no need to be angry. Anger and bitterness never got anyone anywhere. As Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest activists of the last century, said,
"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
So I will simply accept that it happened, strengthen my resolution, and move on. I believe positive efforts bring forward positive results, and I believe that what Obama stands for is positivity and a desire to move forward. So I will do my best to represent that in the way I promote his campaign and in this situation.
Obama 2012, everyone. Obama 2012. :)