A Word About the Election…

I do not usually say too much about politics here.

I firmly believe that everyone has the right to their own opinions. Politics or otherwise, as long as you're not hurting me or my family, then I am all for live and let live.  Even though I may not make the same decisions as you, it's your right, just as it is mine, to make up our own minds and believe in whatever we are passionate about.

That said, this election season has been nasty.  In my opinion, it has been much worse than usual.  Not only are there the nasty ads slamming each other's opponents, but there have been a lot of lies tossed around.  It's hard to tell what the real facts are.  And the parties have used the ever growing media to use and abuse all of these things to sway the busy voter's opinion.  Most of us do not have time to do our homework and find out the real story behind all the candidates.  I know I sure don't.  But this year, I think that can hurt us more than it ever could before because there's so much more at stake.  I think that in general, Americans are frustrated these days.  There are a lot of things wrong with our country and we're not seeing enough progress in those things being fixed.

We all want a change.
We all want something better.
We all are tired of waiting.

But we need to be careful that we don't vote with just those things in mind. Regardless of which candidate wins the presidential election, they will still have to contend with Congress and everything else.  Neither of them will be able to make any fast changes.  Which is why we really need to see who we want to stick with in the long run.

Who is going to look out for us and the things we believe in?  Who is going to ultimately make this country stronger?

I recently saw what I call a "frustrated vote" on a much smaller scale.  The people were frustrated with everything going on in their lives and jobs, and rightfully so. But they voted in a new administration without really knowing anything about what this administration's plan was.  It was merely just a change.  Change can be a good thing, but sometimes, you need to be careful what you wish for.  Change merely for change's sake can sometimes come back and bite you in the bum!  It is important to know the full story before you vote.  Sometimes the change you are looking for is only going to happen with someone new.  Sometimes, that change will come from what has already been put in place.

Either way, it is important to remember to not vote out of frustration.  Do not vote out of revenge. Do not vote based on the name you know the most from the media.  Do not vote for the ad you like the best.  Vote intelligently.  Make sure you have done your homework and have all the facts.  Don't let these media magicians sway you with their propaganda.  After you have done your research, vote for the candidate that stands for the most things you believe in. Unfortunately, the stereotype of America is that we're all a bunch of "dumb Americans."  We need to show the world that we are anything but!  This is the time to make your voice heard.  This is the time to show the world that we will come back, stronger than ever, regardless of the players in the politics game.

And then once you vote, please just let it go.

Regardless of who wins tonight, we're still all going to be living together.  We still need to pull together as a country to get us out of our recent "slump."  One of the great things about being an American is our freedom and our right to our own opinions.  Let's respect each other's opinions.  Agree to disagree, and move on.  Tearing each other apart and taking part in this nasty election game will only serve to make our country weaker.

We are better than that.  We are Americans.  Let's come together and show the world how great we really are!!

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