Finally. Now I can get excited. Am I the only one who anticipates the end of the political ad bombardment with giddy delight? I am not a non-participant. I have voted for more presidents than I have for a choice of a new car. And most of the time, with the satisfactory results of having a new car. Most of the time my decisions in both areas have given me little technical trouble, ride smoothly for the first 1200 miles (or presidential days), smell particularly nice for a while, but occasionally give me pause when I think about how much they cost.
This time around, regardless of the depth of my convictions, regardless of my political leanings, I have been tested beyond capacity to endure. I HATE political ads. I HATE the constant robocalls. And if more pieces of slick, partisan queries, entreaties, or requests/demands for contributions land in my mailbox, the bonfire will be visible from both coasts.
I get the eloquent speeches about it all being a privilege; it is. There are young people dying daily in our military to ensure that privilege. My objections are tied to the obscene amounts spent on political advertising, all the blather about making that obscene amount, justifiable. I don't have to like it. And I don't have to take being a captive audience to all of this hype, gracefully.
With a new president comes hope for change, a better tomorrow, a more stable Wall Street, and an end, at least a small hiatus away from the barrage of campaign rhetoric of this campaign cycle. I'm hoping that the world after today will be more united on many fronts, focused on new and existing challenges, quieter. Now, if we could have just gotten a good look at what's REALLY under the hood of the candidates or had the chance to take them for a test drive before casting our votes....
Causes Linda Harper Supports
American Heart Association