On Election Day

November 2, 2010

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There was a different post scheduled to be here right now.  It sits in my draft pile, silent.

It’s a good post.  Thoughtful, compelling and concise.  It would have sparked an interesting and possibly heated discussion. It may have caused some “unfollowing” on Twitter.

The problem with unleashing this post is that I’m not sure it’s possible to have a logical, measured discussion on the internet right now.  I’m not sure any sort of logical, measured discussion is going on in any media outlet right now.

The conversation around politics is surrounded and covered in extreme.  The core values of both parties have been lost or buried or graffitied over and it seems that no one either understands or cares to listen to the arguments any longer.  Arguments.  Not fights.  Once upon a time you could argue in politics.  Now I’m not so sure.

Heather posed this same question the other day on Twitter.  Will we ever be able to just sit down and discuss things?

I hope so.

But the media likes fireworks and cameras love a soundbite and all of that only really serves the extremists in both parties.  And as long as the extremists are talking and getting the coverage and the media is throwing gasoline on the fire with the ridiculous the real conversation can never get enough traction and really reach out to resonate with people.

I may not agree with your position, but I can make room for it.  All I ask is that you do the same.  I am not always wrong – and neither are you.  But that doesn’t make you always right, either.

Once upon a time this country had the ability to work together.  The people whom we elected worked for our agenda.  We worked hard to create something from nothing with no expectation other than we were accountable to ourselves, our families and our communities.  Once upon a time we made things happen – we didn’t look to Washington to do it for us.  Washington is there to represent the majority, not an extreme, keep us safe and punish the bad guys.  Everything else is for us to do – and do well.

A lot of that was left behind generations ago.  I wish we had it now.

I voted. I hope you did, too.

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8 Responses to “On Election Day”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    Wonderful post – saying anything in reply would seem like making a judgement call, which of course I’m not qualified to do – being on the other side of the planet…

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  2. elz Says:

    Very thoughtful post and much nicer than what I want to scream at people right now.

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  3. Knighton Says:

    We voted 2 weeks ago, and announced at the polling place that we were “angry voters.” of course, we were smiling like idiots, so the effect was lost.

    I have to admit that I’ve never quite gotten over my freedom to vote. I love it. But I believe that the elections that matter the most are those closest to home and farthest from Washington. But what do I know?

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    • Pammer Says:

      There are many that would agree with you and say the races for school board are way more important in many ways.

      I hope you wore your sticker proudly. :)

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  4. Norma Says:

    It’s interesting because so many people I know are of the same opinion. The negativity just makes me sad for the country at a time when I should feel most hopeful.

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    • Pammer Says:

      I know. It’s hard, isn’t it? I’m hoping the next two years remind people of what can be. I’m hoping the “reasonable” folks (from both parties) get some more air time.

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