The polls open here in six hours. Twenty-four hours from now America will have a new President-Elect. Half of the population will be elated, the other half dejected, and the beat will go on.
Without regard to which candidate prevails we will be witness to the end of this country’s long slide into whatever a representative democracy morphs into when neglected and malnourished by its people.
Roughly half of our electorate is willing to accept openly corrupt leadership in the mistaken belief that endorsing a candidate’s long history of blatant criminal activity does not somehow impugn their own morals and ethics.
The other half will put their trust in an oligarch who claims he will work to overturn the very system that he has embraced for his entire adult life, the establishment that he has worked for his financial gain, all for the good of the people.
Daddy Warbucks without the lovable Little Orphan Annie or Caligula with technology. You choose.
What with low information voters claiming a majority at the polls, massive amounts of money buying politicians at every level, the constitution being shredded by those sworn to uphold and defend its sanctity, even by the Supreme Court, that supposed final arbiter of all things constitutional, our representational democracy has been on life support for many decades.
No matter which lever you pulled, today our democracy dies and America takes her well earned place among the corrupt, self-serving nations of the third world.
To quote Walt Kelly (Pogo Possum): We have met the enemy and he is us.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Your words in my mind while watching the election unfold…
Thanks. I am leaving now for the polls. I will pull the lever and then come home and shower. Hope your day is good.
Very well written Dad. Neither one of the candidates would have been my choice. It’s just very sad that this is what we had to choose from.
Whether we like the choices offered or not, we are fortunate to live in a country where we are still free to choose. In a greater sense it is up to the electorate to shape the candidates, a process that begins by supporting and molding them at local levels, long before they have a chance to move into the national political realm.
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You said it! “Half of the population will be elated, the other half dejected, and the beat will go on.” That is what people must remember! -OM
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Thanks for the boost.
No worries Rick!
Thanks Kaycee, I appreciate the comment.
I have written a more, um, positive post at https;//kindredspirit23.wordpress.com
I don’t know that I totally agree with all you said, but I will say that we were heading down into the deep abyss. Hopefully, brighter days are ahead.
Thanks for your comment. Your link was not clickable, that pesky semi-colon, I suspect. w don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to read your thoughts on the subject so here it is again.
I thank you much. Not too many go through that much trouble.
My pleasure. Your post is well worth the reading.
I love hearing that!
Actually only 54% of the electorate voted which is even worse Good luck America you going to need it,xx Speedy
I agree with you on that but since when do Americans feel they have to actually vote before expressing an opinion about an election? That’s not only a pet peeve but also a question I ask whenever someone starts a conversation about election results.
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Thanks for the vote of confidence. You are appreciated.
Wow.. we have met the enemy and he is us.. Wow.. thanks for sharing your thoughts..
My heart has felt as a stone pulling me into abysmal numbness this week. Think I’ll make something beautiful today. What else is there to do now?
By all means do make something beautiful. In my belief system we are all co-creators of the universe and have it within our power to add to its beauty or to its degradation. Sort of like that whole “light one candle” thing. Thanks for your comment.
I could not bring myself to pull either of the two levers. It was like drinking out of a water bubbler in an elementary school…you know you’re going to get sick. I opted for the third, less germy lever. I know, that third lever doesn’t even have the knowledge to graduate out of grade school, but at least my conscience was clear and I could sleep at night. Also, I was hoping at least 5% of the country would band with me on that third lever so his party could receive federal funding in the next election and we could draw viable candidates to his party. I’m tired of only having two levers.
You weren’t alone, just not 5% worth. Back in the beginning we voted for President and the guy with the second number of votes became Vice. I’ll bet that made for some lively debates in the oval office.
…and your words are playing out. Why America chose to thread this path is still beyond my comprehension. Are there no longer better candidates, that’s the question that I keep asking silently.
The simple truth is that we are slouching toward the abyss. This digital, instant gratification era that we are all “enjoying” has become a buffer between the individual and individual responsibility. No democracy can survive without an informed electorate yet here in the US of A we actually celebrate the inclusion of the clueless in that very process that determines how we will be governed. And then we sit around and wonder why we are offered only the inept and the corrupt as our leading candidates.
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