By Harriette J. Schwartz
As a woman now in my 60s, I have had the privilege of voting in 11 Presidential elections. I long ago learned that there is no such thing as an honest or a good politician – just men and women who are working at Government jobs we elect them to. All the while they earnestly advise us they speak only the truth and ask for our votes again when the time rolls around. But those of us who have been at this voting process for some time realize that along the way, each of them has taken a path to their positions and it is likely that all of them have had to make deals with a devil or two along the way. The phrase “Honest Politician” is really just another oxymoron, so why bother to cast a vote? Well, as citizens of the United States none of us should standby and allow that privileged choice to be made for us by virtue of not going to the polls and pulling a lever or blackening in a bubble, because every vote DOES indeed count.
This last Presidential race was an incredibly close affair and was truly fought tooth and nail. It was also frought with some major issues of American life important to us all. At the forefront were things like the National debt, women’s rights, gay marriage, healthcare and Medicare, and immigration. All these hotspots fanned some major temper flare-ups and fires. Interestingly, much of it played out in the social-media arena, more so than I can ever remember previously being the case. Venues like Facebook and Twitter lit up like old-time phone switchboards. Truths and innuendos with pros and cons; ugly accusations and even uglier cartoons and pictures were created and posted with mad abandon. All of us got and many of us took the opportunity to blatantly voice our choices and opinions in a way we’ve never been able to before and everyone either ate it up and participated or moaned and groaned awaiting the election so it all would let up. Friends as well as enemies were made or blocked in the virtual world over this election.
Tempers truly flared and even after Obama was reelected there were outcries of bad blood spattering everywhere! Witness Donald Trump who tweeted on Twitter: "This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!" It is interesting to note this “cry foul for Romney” comes from a man born with a silver spoon as they say and one who wants for nothing. Could this be a case of la cage aux folles? Even the winning side pundits had some nasty post-election rhetoric, with things like, ‘Ann Romney is happy she doesn’t have to move into a smaller house’ with a photo of the White House behind the words. Suffice to say it is more likely just the steam being released from a very closely and a rather hotly contested Presidential race. The aftermath fuming of millions who voiced it all in the social media realm. Everyone thought their guy just could NOT lose, but somebody had to.
Though there is still a firestorm of pros and cons, the Presidential Election is now history and the online Sunami it created is headed back out to sea for another four years. Things will calm back down to a business as usual mode once more. In January Barak Obama will begin a new term and have his second chance at bat. As a Nation we must have his back. Our President still has a very full-plated agenda and I for one do hold a prayer that Mr. Obama and Congress will have the best interests and needs of America and all her citizens at heart. I know there are many who will read this and disagree. Well, I agree to disagree with them – and so it goes.