JOHNSON: Take a Break for the Holidays


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The world of politics is notoriously toxic, and anyone who has spent time on social media will attest to that. Given the time of year and the toxicity of the current political world, now is a great time to take a break from both politics and news in general.

While the call of the holiday spirit is strong, perhaps the most convincing argument is that nothing is really happening right now. Congress is in recess, so it’s unlikely that any legislation will pass during these weeks. The news will instead focus on impeachment, which is likely going nowhere with a Republican-controlled Senate and a house that seems unlikely to even send the Senate the articles of impeachment.

What’s more, the political world in America is actually pretty stable. Whereas the 70s saw near-weekly bombings and other countries are stuck in a civil war, America is comparatively stable. Nothing will happen if you take a break except perhaps an easing of tension in your life. 

So let’s all take a break. The holiday season is a time for renewal. It’s one of the few times that nearly everyone puts their differences aside and celebrates regardless of political or religious affiliation. While not everyone celebrates the same holiday, it is a universal time to unwind and focus on the important things in life like family and friends. Those are apolitical. 

I’m not saying to ignore all news but rather a limitation. Instead of checking the news every couple of hours, check it once a day, or even every other day. A constant focus on politics is unhealthy, leading to physical and mental difficulties. In fact, focusing on anything for too long can become tiring.

It’s important to understand what is going on in our political system, but your health, family, and friends are infinitely more important. They are what influence your daily life and they are the people who will be there for you during the hard times. For the holidays, our focus should be on loving those around us instead of criticizing those in Washington D.C.

It can be easy to get caught up in our routine, and when politics is a part of the routine, it is easy to get caught up in the drama of the political world. I challenge you to take a break from it and relax with the people who are really important in your life.

Jeffery Johnson is currently a Senior in high school. He enjoys football, politics and most forms of media. He is working to become an opinion journalist.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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About Jeffery Johnson

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Jeffery Johnson is currently a Senior in high school. He enjoys football, politics and most forms of media. He is working to become an opinion journalist.

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