Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Its Over... Finally.

I am so glad this election is over.

Not because who I voted for won, but because I am so over the campaigns. All the ads that point out the flaws of the other candidate make stem come out of my ears. I hate that there is probably a large group of people that make their decision based on these ads. For example, in the Elizabeth Dole and Kay Hagan Senate race, Dole put out an ad about Hagan’s lack of being a Godly person. First, what the heck does that have to do with her platform? Second, how low can you go? I think I heard some kid finger point like that when I was in 5th grade.

Elections reduce grown, educated, intelligent people to petty children. And, I am not just talking about the candidates. I am also talking about their supporters.

In a perfect world, arguments about the better candidate would revolve around platforms and experience. And people would be more educated in general about the candidates’ platforms. I just to work with a guy that told me that he was voting for Obama because “if he won, that would mean that affirmative action worked.” Really? When I asked him about what parts of Obama’s campaign he particularly agreed with, he didn’t know. He didn’t have a clue.

You’ve been given the privilege of a vote. Become educated, know the candidates, and make a well-informed decision based on your own research (not the words of others). It’s inevitable that people are going to have different views, but reducing to pointing and name calling does is not a healthy debate. And to the future candidates, talk about your platform and stop finger-pointing your opponent. Its childish… and I would prefer a grown up run this country.

Something else that really gets me going is the mindset of "the candidate that I voted for didn't win so I don't have to support our new president" or "the candidate that I chose didn't win, so I am moving to another country" a la Tina Fey had Obama not won. I firmly believe that who ever was elected deserves support from every American. Even if they were not your vote. They are our President and if we are supposed to stand united that starts with the unified support of our country's President. You don't have to agree with everything the President does, but a general support is crutial.

It all starts over in 2 years… I hope it's different, but I'm not holding my breath.

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