Exhibit A: What happened to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley this past week.
The mother turned to go back inside the governor’s mansion after sending her son off to school and found herself locked out and in her bathrobe.
Luckily her daughter was inside to let her in. But when Haley self-deprecatingly posted a humorous reference to the episode on her Facebook page, she actually got criticism – particularly from the Democratic Party, which tried to make political hay out of a mom’s minor miscue. Others followed suit, taking swipes at the governor.
Can we just chill for five minutes? Good grief. The woman was sharing an amusing anecdote like anyone else on Facebook. Can’t we allow our elected leaders to be human anymore? Must they be criticized at every turn? Does the election cycle never take a breath?
Partly because of persistent politicization, and partly because everybody has to weigh in on everything these days, we leave each other no room to be real or human. Give it a rest once in awhile!
We happen to know Ms. Haley and know her to be utterly charming, whip-smart, articulate and down to earth, as she has proven. Today, that’s never good enough.
In this day and age of Facebook pages and Twitter and smart phones and anonymous snap-judgments, it’s important to remember there’s a human being on the other end of your two-cents’ worth.