The months of talk, television ads, Facebook Statuses, and the oh so clever memes have all come down to this one day. Did you post enough propaganda to sway voters?
What will happen tonight? Will it be Obama or will it be Romney? Later tonight we will know our fate, for good or ill. Some people will rejoice…others will no doubt pitch a fucking hissy fit. Either way, there is a long road ahead of us as a country. Make no mistake, the past 12 years (with both Republican and Democratic representation) has shown us proof of massive ineptitude by our elected officials. I’m not here to blame Bush nor Obama, my blame is directed at the citizens that elect our local and national representatives. Most people do not have a clue as to who their local representatives even are anyway. This baffles me. Local politics affect you directly, yet when you ask people who their state house representatives, school board candidates or local judges are, they draw a blank.
Anyways, I don’t feel like going down that rabbit hole any further, it just upsets me. Let’s instead stick to the big show, the Main Event…. OBAMA vs. ROMNEY. It’s going to be close folks, real close. People are shaking in their boots and claim that we are all doomed if their man doesn’t win. Polls have it a tight race and citizens are becoming frantic. Last ditch efforts are being made, the fat is in the frying pan. Both sides are tired and angry. Blood is in the water, the sharks are circling.
Make no mistake; politics is not for the faint of heart. However, social media has made it convenient and easy for people to spout their mouths off with no repercussions (maybe other than someone posting something snarky back). There is no longer the fear that you might be smashed in the mouth for calling someone a communist or fascist. You can sit in your little comfy chair and blast off on people, condemning their whole way of life and know that you are in no way in danger of having your face slapped completely off. The filters are gone and no one really thinks about what they are saying anymore. We write and post the first thought that pops in our head.
There is a lot of animosity and bitterness it seems this cycle. People are just plain pissed. I have seen relationships go to hell in a basket because one of them eats a Chic-Fil-A or thinks ObamaCare was a good idea. We’ve become so polarized in our views because we BADLY…oh so BADLY don’t want the other side to be right or win, even if what they are saying makes sense. Politics is not about representing the people anymore, it’s about money and we don’t vote on a person anymore…we vote on a brand and who can bottle themselves and sell themselves the best. We’ve also let the wingnuts on both sides run and pull this country for far too long. It’s time to bring it back to the middle. But hey, that’s just me talking.
Tonight will be very interesting indeed. I think Obama will win, but barely. It seems tight in crucial swing states and Ohio is up for grabs(which is always the big prize). Regardless of who wins, there is a lot of work to be done and regardless of who wins, let’s show a little respect and dignity for once. We’ve gotten away from that and I think that right there is a big part of our problem in this country. Go vote, but do so with your heart, your pride but not your anger.