With the election weeks away, 52% of all American voters are "very stressed" about the election---55% of Democrats and 59% of Republicans say they are experiencing "significant stress."
So many Americans are stressed out, the American Psychological Association is offering advice as to how to cope with the stress of this election.
This weekend's most recent Clinton email revelations---the most revealing yet, reveal Team Hillary's private emails are not helping anyone from either Party deal with their anxiety.
The APA study comes while the far Left news media, for the most part, report the email release but fail to report the content in them.
Christian Pollster George Barna is offering Christians excellent counsel.
Based on the new survey from the American Psychological Association, it seems like everyone at some moment in recent weeks wants to bail out on the upcoming election---it may be a newly discovered mental disorder---I suppose it could be called IAKTM (I Already Know Too Much).
In fact, after Trump suggested this weekend that Hillary should take a drug test before tomorrow night's 3rd debate to determine her actual health condition, David Axlerod, Obama's former #1 adviser, suggested Hillary should skip tomorrow night's debate.
The APA says we're facing the most adversarial contests in recent history.
They say daily coverage that dominates every form of mass media is causing the amount and level of stress we are experiencing:
There's more in the survey, however, APA offers the following counsel:
- 52% of all American Adults very stressed.
- 55% of Democrats very stressed.
- 59% of Republicans very stressed.
- 51% of women are very stressed.
- 52% of men are very stressed.
- If the 24 hour news cycle of claims and counter claims is causing stress, limit your media consumption. Read just enough to stay informed.
- Avoid getting into discussions about the election if you think they have the potential to escalate to conflict.
- Stress and anxiety about what might happen is not productive. Channel your concerns to make a positive difference on issues you care about.
- Whatever happens on Nov. 8, life will go on. Our political system and the three branches of government mean that we can expect a significant degree of stability immediately after a major transition of government.
- Vote. In a democracy, a citizens voice does matter. By voting you will hopefully feel you are taking a proactive step...learn about all the candidates, not just the presidential race...make informed decisions...and wear your "I Voted" sticker with pride.
While a number of psychologists agree, and a good amount disagree with parts of this study, I personally believe biblical Christians must be informed.
People of Christian faith and conservatives must be informed. In fact, Scripture teaches that being uninformed is a path to destruction.
If you can handle this emotionally, there was more "stressful" information released over the weekend in the form of Team Hillary private emails. Apparently, the mainstream media is following the advice of the APA---they seem to be avoiding talking about the "actual content" of the emails by simply reporting that "more alleged Clinton emails were made public this weekend" directing attention to the bad guy who hacked the Clinton campaign web site.
However, the New York Post has written an in-depth article covering the personal, back stage conversations all Americans should be aware of---this would fall under the APA's "just enough to stay informed."
Here is a summary of the Post's article. I strongly encourage you to read it in it's entirety.
- Hillary speaking to the National Housing Counsel, a speech she was paid $225,000 to make, says, "Politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everyone's watching...then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So you need both a public and a private position."
Two minds and two positions. One for her gullible supporters, and another more deceptive to voters and ruthless to adversaries,
When confronted with this statement at the last debate, Hillary said she came to this truth by watching Steven Spielberg's 2012 film about Abraham Lincoln. She tried to blame "Honest Abe."
I'm not sure who was more stressed about this---Democratic voters, Republicans who would never vote for her, or the Hillary staff who tried to keep this from public eyes.
- Hillary decries the charges of "rigging elections," telling Wall Street's Goldman Sachs and Black Rock, Inc., "I do think there is a growing sense of anxiety and even anger in the country over feeling the game is rigged" while pointing out her middle class upbringing.
No mention of how she and husband Bill acquired hundreds of millions of dollars in personal worth, while spending their lives in "public service" working for the people and their government.
- Hillary also clarifies her real, as opposed to her "I love America" public belief, regarding American sovereignty and national borders. Her words: "My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere."
There's more on "having two personas", "on favors to those who support her", "on her dream of open borders", revealing comments including John Podesta (campaign chair) and the "disdain for Catholics and evangelicals" and their "basterdization of the faith," conversation about her warm comfortable relationship with CNBC, MSNBC, CNN and other far Left news organizations, and email evidence that Donna Braziile, now Chair of the Democratic Party, gave questions to Hillary in advance of interviews while still working on air at CNN.
And then there was the matter of the former chair of the Democratic Party working with Hillary behind the scenes to dispose of Bernie Sanders, while the Party was claiming to support both candidates.
All of this is depressing to anyone who loves this country.
Highly respected, Christian and long time pollster George Barna has also noticed that Americans are stressed over this election---and had this to say last week:
"Given historical patterns, we can expect more 'dirty tactics' to be on display during the remaining four weeks of the campaign. Voters are already emotionally exhausted and morally disgusted by what has taken place during the last year of campaigning by more than two dozen candidates."
Increasingly we are finding that people just want the election to be over with. If there was ever a sense of optimism that our president would bring healing and hope to the nation, that dream has largely vanished as a result of the nature of the campaign. People's frustration with the political process and disappointment in our political actors is reaching new heights. For Sage Cons [born again spiritually and politically active evangelicals] this election has reinforced their belief that we can never put our full faith or trust in political officials or the government, but only in Jesus Christ."
God has called His people to be informed and to take responsibility for the blessings we have received---like being engaged, and certainly voting.
Jesus has also called his people to "Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" ( Matthew 11:28).
Be Encouraged. Be Not Afraid. Be Prayerful. Be At Rest.