Wild Thoughts on Election Day #MyVote2016

keep-calm-and-go-americaThis election has been a crazy reality TV show where the most unpredictable moments have blown our minds. Admit it. Jaw-dropping shock value is addictive. The lack of decorum and respect, name-calling, accusations and bullying has been like watching a high school kid troll on Facebook, only the actions came from a seventy-year-old man. On the other side, gnarly old scars hiding secrets and liesΒ of deceit were reopened in the hope the truth would finally come out. Many waited with held breath, but no earth-shattering revelations have surfaced. Even if our candidate wins, many of us will continue to worry long after the election.

Unlike reality TV, the hatred and lack of respect spewed every day, seeped through the screen into some of its viewers. Anger and frustration boiled over into real life. They became trolls on the internet. Some became vicious.

60 Minutes aired a story where a control group, led by Frank Luntz, spiraled out of control. People interrupted. Name calling ensued. They exhibited rude behavior even though they were being recorded and millions would see them. Luntz said his mother would have disowned him for the horrible language they used. What’s up with that?Β 

Luntz concluded that no one is interested in learning anything. They only want to be heard. He blames the internet.

I think he’s wrong.

I blame the program. We’ve been watching this show for so long and from the beginning, it has broken all the rules. Moderators didn’t take control during the debates. Commercials include bleeped out words little kids can figure out. Our voting system and democracy itself has come into question. Many of my online friends who live in other countries wonder how we ended up with these candidates. So do I. World leaders who hate us are asking their citizens, desperate for freedom, “Is this what you want?”

Many voters defend their choice of candidate by pointing a finger at the other. Instead of voting for a candidate they have chosen the lesser of two evils. Our country stands divided.

I believe we’ve outgrown the two party system. Most of us want the same things; quality of life for ourselves, our children and for others. We love our country and its freedoms.

It’s time to stop pointing fingers and reach out to those less fortunate as we approach the season of giving. Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, people!

I would expect this reality show to continue waaay after election day, even after the inauguration. Eventually, acceptance of our new president will quiet the noise of frustration. Most will change the channel to focus on something else.

In the coming months, show others you are above those characters on crazy reality TV.

End the hatred.

Be kind.

Be respectful.

Be grateful to live in the United States of America.

I am.

 

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  1. One more thought. I don’t believe the rest of the world considers America a laughing stock. They are rightfully concerned that the leader of the free world will be a hateful, mean, straight razor toten’, person no matter who is elected..

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      1. “There will be two levels of punishment for disobedience of the King’s laws. Corporal punishment for minor crimes will be death. Capital punishment for serious crimes will be a life sentence of listening to every campaign speech of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump!”

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  2. I found it interesting that Starbucks debuted a cup design with a theme of unity, and people were seeing it as a political statement. Since when did unity become party-specific? Good post. We need reassurance right about now.

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  3. I feel the same way you do, Susie. I can’t believe the negativity and the personal attacks of the candidates on each other. Instead of saying what good they will do for the country they sling mud at their opponents. It’s disgraceful. I feel sorry for Americans, having to make a choice between these two. Of the millions of people in the US, it’s shocking to think that these are the best they could come up with. But I can’t criticize, because we didn’t do any better in Canada. The whole continent seems to be going down the toilet. I hope things calm down and we (the people) start to work together in each of our countries, to try to make the best of a bad situation.

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    1. I think you’re right. Coming together is the only way to move forward. No one wants to be president these days. The party lines make it tough for candidates. I see third party candidates on the rise over time. You know that 80’s song, We need a hero? Yeah. We need one of those. πŸ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by, Anneli!

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  4. Susie – this has been coming for a while. The acrimony and bitterness has been building. I remember the Clarence Thomas hearings in ’91, then the election campaign of ’92. Then the Clinton, Bush, and Obama years. Except for a month or so after 9/11 there has been a lack of civility in our nation’s public discourse. It’s on both sides of the aisle and in a small part, I am guilty, too. Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost the ability to listen to each other and compromise. The ability to give up in order to gain is rock upon which our nation was built. I’ve done my part, I voted. Whomever is elected, may we pray that our nation can come together and move forward. Peace.

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    1. Your words gave me shivers, Clay. I agree that it has been building. Given the histrionics of this election season, it was bound to blow up to horrific proportions.
      Peace to you, my friend!

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  5. I dislike reality TV so this election cycle has been especially difficult for me. The negativity and the complete lack of facts + logic is baffling to the extreme. Both parties need to get a grip and revise how, and who, they give us as candidates. We deserve better.

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    1. We do! It’s still hard for me not to react to the lies on the commercials. I find myself talking back to them. Ha! Roxy tilts her head…
      I was telling Anneli, we need a hero. πŸ™‚

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  6. This is the saddest, scariest election ever. I cannot believe what our great country has come to. It’s the media, social media, PC taken to the extreme, failure to raise respectful kids, failure to teach wholesome values, it’s so much stuff gone sideways.

    I’m not even going to pay attention to the polls at all today. I cast my vote. I’m prepared to live with whoever wins. I’ve accepted that America will never be the same again.

    Here’s to a bright tomorrow.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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  7. Wow! You nailed the failures. If there’s one sliver of a silver lining it may be that America won’t be the same. Colorado is trying to do away with caucuses, which burned Bernie in our state. There may be changes to make voting less challenging. (There are humongous lines today..) I wouldn’t be surprised if a third party makes a rise before the next election. The Wild Rider Party? Ha!
    I may be dreaming. We’ll see. Like you, whomever wins will be my president and I’ll support them. *clinks glass*

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  8. Well said Susie. I don’t know how or why, but somewhere along the way people have forgotten the lost art of disagreeing agreeably.
    I think you have a good point about your two-party system too. I know our parliamentary system is far from perfect but I couldn’t imagine having only two viable options to choose from. I’m thinking that even just adding a third would tend to force the other two to moderate some of their most extreme positions and tone down the rhetoric.
    The other thing that could help a lot is shortening the election cycle. It makes absolute no sense to spend almost two years of time, effort, energy, and campaign money to run for office for a four year term. The only ones who benefit from these eternally drawn out campaigns are the media, it gives them something to talk about, and corporations, because of the influence they buy; their donations are the only way anyone can finance a campaign that long.
    First order of business for the next President: election reform?

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  9. I’ve been avoiding “Reality” TV for a long time. Now, with this election (which I don’t follow on TV.) I feel as if it is being rammed down my throat. I long for that feature of Civilization called civility.

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  10. So you think that all of us should relax and take a Valium?
    Uh-oh, Susie Lindau is in the pocket of the Big Pharma…. πŸ™‚
    P.S. I think the moderator of the last debate was pretty good. But if a candidate is set on lying, not even waterboarding will make them tell the truth.

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    1. Hahaha! I don’t even like to take Ibuprofen.
      Politicians can be a slippery bunch. I would love it if they limited how long they could campaign. Don’t you? It feels like two years of bantering. I just looked it up. It was two years!! πŸ™‚

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  11. Well written Susie. We Canucks also feel the pain because whatever happens in the USA has a spill over effect here in Canada. My American friends seem to be suffering the death of a thousand cuts and as you point out, it will continue well past today. All the best to you all and please go out and vote. I have a simple philosophy. If you don’t vote, you don’t get to bitch about the outcome!!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      It has been painful, Old Sage. I mailed in my vote last week and I agree about the bitching. πŸ™‚ I predict a lot of unplugging over the next few months. Just think of all the writing I’ll finish!

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  12. Susie, the political system has been broken for generations. The truth is just now finally coming to the surface…, and it’s an ugly truth !!! How have we consistently chosen candidates that exemplify the worst of politics over reasonable people who could actually do some good ??? I’m waiting for a strong, logical, reasonable third party. I haven’t anything more to say. πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m waiting for a strong third party too. I’ve always been an independent voter. No surprise there. πŸ™‚ I think the length of campaigning (almost two years) is too long. It exhausts everyone. I’m ready for birthday fun and Thanksgiving!

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  13. I haven’t listened to any media today. I voted early, I was hoping I could shut out all the noise after that…but of course, I couldn’t. It has scared me to see that in the blink of an eye, mocking the disabled, demeaning women, insulting anyone who is different than we are, and calling our POW’s and military people “losers” has not caused an outcry so loud that the entire world could hear it. I can only pray that the votes cast today will do that.Understand, I’m not against the party that is being destroyed by this…I’m against ANYONE who feels no shame in this behavior.

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            1. There’s a lot of information about how much Trump can do. The Supreme Court won’t overturn Roe v Wade since it was just reviewed last year. The same with gay marriage. Coal doesn’t make sense since he wants to invest in more natural gas drilling and they can’t compete. Gas is cheaper. There’s no money for a wall although he said yesterday, immigration is one of his top priorities. I think he said a lot of these things for votes. What scares me is the denial of global warming. Listen to NPR. They have really calmed me down.
              If you really want to make a difference, get involved in the next election in two years. I might!
              πŸ™‚

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              1. I will definitely get involved! My husband is a big history buff and studies the constitution, also a big NPR listener. He calmed be a bit. The denial of global warming, protection for wildlife, energy…sigh. Thank you for this message…I needed it today, you’ve lifted me a bit xxxxx

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