Hey there – Apolitical Jaynee here. With yet another political post (can you believe it?) Actually, this is more of a lament.
I’m scared about next Tuesday. Scared and excited all at the same time. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this much excitement about voting, or this much trepidation. Excitement that my vote may COUNT (I live in NJ which is still considered a potential swing state at this point). And trepidation that if Bush wins – and wins solidly – that the nation will still remain divided and won’t ever come back together again. And also trepidation that if Kerry wins – and wins solidly – that the nation will still remain divided and won’t ever come back together again.
See what I’m saying here? All these poliblogs (and what, are there 100000s of them out there right now?) will continue on their way, accusing the other side of lying/hiding/exaggerating/being too liberal/conservative etc. Will this nation EVER band together again? I mean sure, we banded together after 9/11, but I believe that has been completely forgotten about at this point. On 9/12/01 we all had a common enemy, and today half this country doesn’t seem to care anymore that we’ve caught 75% of Osama’s men since then and still have troops actively looking for Osama himself.
But I don’t want this post to get into yet ANOTHER pointless discussion on the war in Iraq where no one is going to dissuade anyone else from their particular position on whether we should be there or not (do that on someone else’s blog please). My only point is that come Wednesday, November 3, this country will be just as divided as it has been the past three years, even if one of the candidates wins by a landslide (because you know if one wins by a landslide then the other one will file a lawsuit saying that obviously a fix was in). But too much smack has been said and can’t be taken back. Words live forever, and this nation is wilting under the weight of the constant insults being tossed back and forth between it’s caretakers and their followers.
I just wish it was over. I wish the campaigning, the vote, the decision and the fighting would stop. Just….stop.