Saturday, October 25, 2008

Is it over yet?

I had high hopes that somehow, this election year would be different.

Everyone can pretty much agree that things need to change. Both parties are running on a platform of change. Early on in the campaigning, there were commitments from both candidates to run a 'clean', smear-free candidacy. And yet, here we are.

It seems like the atmosphere around the 2008 election is exactly the same as it was in 2000 and especially 2004. Both liberals and conservatives are demonizing each other. I've heard people from both sides of the fence argue that if the 'other' guy gets elected they're moving to (insert your favorite destination here: Canada, Australia, etc.). Let's face it. You live in a country that's pretty darned well off, especially when compared to the rest of the world. You don't have to worry about being shot for going to the polls and having your vote counted. Yes, the economy has seen better days. But I'd still be willing to bet that the majority of Americans having to make 'sacrifices' in this tight economy fare FAR FAR better off than the majority of the rest of the world. So stop tossing around empty promises to move elsewhere. You have it pretty darn good here...whether it's a Republican or a Democrat in the White House.

And it keeps me wondering...how did we find ourselves back HERE? Once again, we're back to counting red states and blue states or red counties and blue counties. We have friends that can't even talk about the election because they're incapable of having a civil debate about the ISSUES without getting heated and resorting to personal attacks.

Seriously? Can November 4th just come and go already so we can all move on with our lives?

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