Not only have most of us voted, but now we are enxiously awaiting the results. Some of us are tired of the rhetoric and divisiveness of the last four years. Some of you are happy, though I sincerely doubt many of my readers vote red, or orange as the case may be. It could be days before the results are official, though I hope not. And there should be a peaceful transition, though I doubt it.
How did we get to this point? Well, quite easily, I might suggest, since the cycle of politics we are so engaged in is much different than what I recall as a youngster. How often did we see Ted Kennedy and Barry Goldwater argue opposite viewpoints, but then make a compromise for the good of the country. Or Joe Biden and John McCain doing the same, yet have the civility to have lunch together?
I am afraid those days are over. I don’t necessarily blame one party or the other. We keep electing these “users” and “abusers” to office year after year. Maybe we need term limits. Maybe we need honest, hard working people like you and me to represent us, instead of professional politicians.
I don’t pretend to have the answers. But I do know the current situation is beyond broken. Add to that rampant racism, nepotism, corruption, corrupt lobbyists writing bills for our representatives, and this is what we get. In fact, if just the gun lobby and Big Pharm lobby left DC, we would have a cleaner Congress.
We are stressed out from Covid and the divisive rhetoric. We are tired, we want to “reboot” and start anew. We want strong, peaceful leadership, that represents people of all colors and religions. We want normalcy. We need a vaccine, a safe vaccine. And regardless of party affiliation, why promise to fire Dr. Fauci after the election? OMG, the world is crazy!
What has happened to our country? We are killing our people, polluting the water and air, and allowing scandals, corruption, and conflict of interest by the White House to go unchecked.
Yet, this is what the country wanted in 2016. Do you want more of it?
When I go overseas, we are the laughing stock of the world. I may be out of the country when official results are announced. That, in itself will be interesting, and perhaps embarrassing. They wonder how we messed up the last election. They look up to us. Maybe not any more based on today’s election?