Political exhaustion

People miss important news when politics is all-encompassing


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Political topics stoked by media coverage too often find their way into everyday discourse.

Gracie Shane, Staff Writer

The election is only a few days away and that is all anyone has been talking about. How much do you actually know about what’s going on in the world right now? All anyone has heard on the news has been Trump this and Biden that, but there are many more important things happening too. 

Most of the news in the past year has been political ads and rallies. It has especially ramped up in the past few months. If you turn on the news, most of what you are going to hear is something political whether it be the new Biden scandal or Trump making Nov. 1 a national holiday. But if we stop with the political ads and the rallies for five minutes, maybe we could see what else is happening in the world right now. According to the Associated Press, right now, a tropical storm that has almost reached hurricane strength is barreling towards South America. Tropical Storm Eta is the 28th named Atlantic Storm just this season… the 28th! 

In October, pro-democracy protests erupted in Thailand. Two men were arrested for allegedly attacking Queen Suthida’s motorcade. Info Please reported the motorcade went through the protests a few days later and many of the protesters held up the three finger Hunger Games rebel sign. When were the news stations going to report these things? Here is a list of important news that has been overshadowed by politics: 

In September, Disney layed-off 28,000 park workers. 

An obituary honored Charlie, a golden retriever who loves everything except stairs. Apparently he really hated stairs, CNN reported. 

Another staggering fact that most people, other than plant enthusiasts, have heard nothing about is that 40% of the Earth’s plants are being threatened with extinction. Prosecutors dropped the charges in the Flint, Michigan water scandal. Greenland’s ice sheet is melting faster than it ever has in 12,000 years. Rockets struck an Iraqi base where U.S. soldiers were stationed. The Pentagon released video footage of unidentified flying objects (UFO’s). Scott Peterson’s death sentence was overturned after 16 years. A man was charged with attempted murder after attacking two Los Angeles police officers. The wildfires in California are still raging on.

The most disturbing one for some people could be, “Chinese kindergarten teacher sentenced to death for poisoning 25 students with nitrate-laced porridge,” CNN reported.

When were news stations going to talk about any of these things? The election is not the only thing people care about right now. There are obviously so many extremely important events happening that could and should be talked about. These are only some of the crazy things that have been happening in the world that have been silenced by the upcoming election. This election is extremely important, probably one of the most important elections of our lives, but it shouldn’t be controlling our lives. Go out. Read, learn, educate yourself. Don’t be suffocated by the election.