Archive | November, 2016

Election Disappointment

14 Nov

The election is over. (Thank God)

I was the tenth voter in my precinct.  This is the first time I’ve ever had to stand in line to vote, and I’ve voted every year since I was eligible to vote … a good many years.  Sometimes I got my vote back; sometimes I didn’t.  Sometimes I voted for the lesser of two evils.  Once I voted for a candidate who had died, but I believed he was the best candidate for the office.  Regardless of who won that individual was my elected official. I could call on them if I needed something from local, state, or the federal government.  To my knowledge, they don’t check to see if I voted for them or whether I share party affiliation or anything.  I’ve always received a response.  (There have been a couple of times that I received a responsive phone call which truly amazed me.)

As I looked over the ballot for the November 8, 2016, election, I was disappointed.  Twenty-one offices and two tax levies appeared on the ballot; five computer screens in contemporary parlance.  Only one-third of the offices had more than one candidate.

 

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Is it apathy that only one person sought that elected office?  Perhaps we ought to encourage more people to throw their hat in the ring.

Perhaps if only two candidates express an interest in a position, even if from the same political party, the decision ought to be made at the general election instead of during a closed primary.

Perhaps term limits ought to apply to all elected offices.  An elected office isn’t an entitlement.

Just Think About It!

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12 Nov

The election is over.  (Thank God.)

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(Official White House Photographer, 2016)

President Obama’s comparison of an election to “an intramural scrimmage” is accurate (2016).  We were parties: Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, etc.  Some may vote a strict party line while others pick and choose among the candidates.  However, “[w]e are Americans first.  We’re all patriots first.  We all want what’s best for this country” (Obama, 2016).

Let us move forward with that thought in mind.

Labels are rapidly applied.  Whenever there is a photograph or statement by a politician the caption includes

  • Name,
  • Title, and
  • Party affiliation.

It’s that way in the press.  It’s that way in news entertainment.  It’s that way in magazines.

I am ashamed to admit that sometimes knowing the speaker’s party affiliation affects my understanding of his or her message.  It’s like my Uncle Clint.  He had a reputation for telling tall tales.  Whenever he began, people would smile and nod approvingly, but each one expected another unbelievable story. Consequently, whatever he said was always subject to independent verification.

Perhaps, we should take the President’s words to heart – “We are all Americans first” (Obama, 2016).

Perhaps if we disposed of emphasizing party affiliation there might be more dialogue among those that govern and those that are governed.

Perhaps there might be seeds of unity instead of hatred and division.

Perhaps there will be less thinking that it is “us” versus “them.”

Let’s put aside those who want to sow hate and division.

Just Think About It!

References

Obama, B. (2016, November 9). Washington, D.C.

Official White House Photographer. (2016). The President and Vice-President of the United States. White House, Washington, D.C. Retrieved November 9, 2016