Election Thoughts

(NaNoWriMo Day 8. November 8, 2022)

Please don’t scroll past this; it’s not an ad, it’s not a plea to vote one way or another, it’s just some thoughts I’ve had about elections in general. And our freedom.

We all have our opinions and our own ideas of who we’re going to vote for. That’s not what this is about. It’s about other things to consider as we prepare to exercise one of our most important freedoms. The right to vote.

I’ve never understood why people don’t vote. The example we had growing up was people voted. We didn’t discuss politics at home, we just knew they voted. We didn’t have campaign signs in our yards, we just were aware. In 1960, when I was 8 years old, the nuns got involved in politics and practically swooned over John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He was young, progressive, and Catholic. No other Catholic man ever was elected to the office of President of the United States.

Joe Biden is only the second Catholic to be elected. There had always been such a bias against Catholics. Nearly all presidents have professed to be Christian. It kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it? I do recall hearing conversations about Catholics taking the country over. There has never been a Jewish president of the United States. The closest we ever came was Barry Goldwater ran for President in 1964, but was beaten by Lyndon Johnson. I found that interesting.

In doing research, I had to ask if there’s ever been an atheist president of the USA? No, it appears the people wouldn’t support one. I’m not sure where we’re headed with that, it wouldn’t surprise me if we elected one in the future. Believing in God doesn’t guarantee you have morals or ethics. There are countless examples of presidents who were snakes in the grass, including Kennedy and Clinton. That disappoints me.

The meme in the header caught my eye and made me heartily agree with it. I don’t know who created it, but trust me, I’m about ready to give up at all the ads, the text messages (a new way to harass the voters), useless various sized postcards telling me to vote a particular way. There are numerous negative ads, and I’ve noticed, I think most of them are paid by the national parties. Several local candidates don’t do negative, and I may be more inclined to listen to their pitch because they don’t do negative. It’s hard to be a voter, and I’m sure it’s hard to be a candidate as well.

Do they not give us enough credit to have our own minds and choose who we feel is better? Probably not. I wish we weren’t at the mudslinging part, with just a couple days left. I’ve grown weary of previous presidents, candidates, and losers campaigning for everyone. And I’m just not sure a former pro football player can be a viable candidate. Perhaps he was convinced by the powers that be to be a distraction, not a real politician. There was a Robert Redford movie called “The Candidate,” and I remember seeing it, but don’t recall much of what it was about.

That aside, there are people selected and groomed to run. Think Sarah Palin/John McCain. Think Geraldine Ferraro/Walter Mondale. And then, of course, we have Hillary/Kaine. It’s amazing how our minds forget who came before. I could not remember Kaine’s name, and I mistakenly thought Geraldine Ferraro ran with Michael Dukaikas. Silly me! How quickly we forget who we made important choices for or against in prior years.

I truly don’t care which way you vote this election. I’m not encouraging one over another. My encouragement is to go the Polls and cast your ballot. You decide in your heart of hearts who is best. We will all have to live with our choice. I’m asking you also be respectful of the outcome.

We need to get back to that acceptance when things don’t go the way we want. I’m sad at all the ugliness we’ve seen in the past ten years or so. It’s not how the people behaved in the country my father, his brothers, my husband, and many friends defended. They defended your freedom to choose, let’s let them all know their sacrifices were worth it. Please. Don’t let them lose hope. Have a good rest of the day, and God Bless America. See you tomorrow.

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