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My matched set of grandchildren - Oliver and Cosette

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

progress or pessimism?

AAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH! I am sick of the political process. IN the past I have faced election day with great excitement and enthusiasm. It's our Patriotic Duty to vote... a hundred years ago (or so) as a woman, I couldn't vote. I greatly value the right to vote and the right to have a president elected by the will of the people.

What drives me NUTS is that regardless of who is elected, there will be those on both sides who complain. The news this morning is nothing but Chicken Little stories, "The sky is falling".... giving people phone numbers to call if they're not allowed to vote... talking about which counties are feared to not have enough equipment in place... talking about people who voted twice... voter fraud... showing the long lines already in place at the polling places.

I defy anyone in the State of Georgia to complain about it taking too long to vote. IN this state you can do early voting or absentee voting... there were 45 days prior to today when people could cast their ballot.

Since CNN has already declared a victory... not officially, of course, but with their little computer map where they keep showing why it's mathematically impossible for anyone else but Obama to win. "Dewey Defeats Truman" is all I have to say about that... Polls are polls. Polls are skewed to get the result they want. Polls are not willing to take into account the people living in "white, bitter, rural America where they stick to their guns and religion".

If McCain should happen to win the mainstream media is going to run nonstop coverage of "why the polls were wrong" and how "voting irregularity" lead to a decision that was not the will of the people.

I'm really not a cynic... I'm just sick of the process being perverted.
I'm also sick of the words, "In this economy...." "because of the economy...."
Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed gas prices dropping by about $2 a gallon in the past month? Since the cost of fuel was what caused (or was blamed) in large part for the failing economy, why isn't the economy improving now that gas prices have fallen? I just can't help but think that it's the perceived reality caused by the barrage of negativity by the media.

Yes, I hate the media. Hate is too strong a word. I am frustrated by the intentional deception of the public by people who have apparent agendas that are nowhere near impartial.

That's my soapbox for the day... I really need to make some coffee and get ready for work... see what happens when I blog before coffee?

Hope you all have a beautiful day and take advantage of your priviledge to vote!


Gwendolyn said...

I'm in Georgia too, and we took advantage of early voting. Now I can just sit back and pray! Great post!

Anonymous said...

I'm not pessimistic in the least . . . I think the entire country is in for a surprise tonight ~ I hope so, anyway! My 69-year old dad, who has never voted (but who is a veteran, by the way) registered to vote for the first-time ever this year. Stood in a five-hour line in Clayton County where he was by far in the minority ~ just to vote. Even with it looking like his one little vote won't matter ~ it just might. =)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Hope your day is a great one too !
'On Ya'-ma

Myra said...

I'll be glad when today is over too! I voted via way was I going to brave the expected long lines! Whoever wins, we all stand behind the flag because we are Americans!

Linda said... was that coffee?? Linda

Tina of Moon Shine said...

I can't explain the issue with gas prices falling, but banks are still failing everywhere. and that is a bigger deal that the gas.
and there will always be fussing. Voting gives you the right to complain. and how can there NOT be cynics when we have a process in which the person that wins the popular may not win the election?

Big Mark 243 said...

Glad you said something about the gas ... I thought it was just my imagination ...

Ericanbiloxi said...

lol, lawd give her some java!
The gas prices have dropped so much here that I can actually fill up my tank in the van.(that has been the highlight of my week*)
I have so mcuh that I could say about the media and election, but I will not. It really can bring out the ugly in ya.

Emmi said...

I'm so with ya ... my family is all from MO, most still there & they news is saying BHO has won but my family & friends say they don't know of one person who is actually voting for BHO. On the other side of my family ... OHIO, same thing there. The media sux, I watch Fox news cause there the only ones that seem to give both sides anymore.

Kelly Dawn said...

I too will be so glad when it is over tonight! I took advantage of early voting too and did it just last week!


Lainey Laine said...

It confused me too about the oil and yes I hate media too. Laine xx

sober white women said...

Amber and I went and voted today. today was Ambers first time voting. Back in a former life I use to help people register to vote. I also found that the people who complain the most are the ones who don't vote!
I that if she does not go vote then she could never bitch about anything.
I am just such a good mom.