Today, I couldn’t get to the polls fast enough. I dropped my 6th grade daughter off at school and roared to the voting precinct with my morning hair and coffee breath lingering.
Normally, I wouldn’t want anyone to see me in such a state, but the past two years of profound frustration can strip anyone of personal vanity.
The lines were short (Thank God) and I was standing in front of a fancy, new, electronic ballot machine in less than 5 minutes. I ripped down the ballot with lightening speed….Republican, Republican, Republican, Republican. Some of the names I did not know. But, I didn’t care. I wanted every blasted liberal Democrat out on their ear and then some.
I have no illusions, however. I do not believe Republicans are any better. In fact, it is for me, simply a lesser of two evils. If more Libertarians were on the ballot and I could hear more of what they have to say regarding issues, I would likely rip down the ballot in their favor. No questions asked.
The bottom line: I’m not a fan of the government ever telling me what to do or how to run my life. Period.
But, at 53, nearly 54 years of age, you can bet I’ve heard every argument under the sun for and against government. I’ve been through Kennedy, Johnston, Nixon, Nixon and 1/3, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush and now, Obama. Suffice it to say, I’ve had lots of time to think about what I think and get through menopause. I’m not budging.
But, age will do that you. Age and having something to lose. It’s easy to be loose with your politics when you don’t have anything at stake. Much like the Dems were loose with other people’s money – mine and yours – the past couple of years.
With the rise of the Tea Party movement coupled with what is likely going to happen to the Democrats today, I can’t help but think back to the moral majority days. Though I never considered myself part of the moral majority and to date, haven’t attended one Tea Party rally, both are indicative of the average American, who really doesn’t have time for much nonsense.
If anything, maybe Jon Stewart spoke for me when he said that the average American is not extreme left or right, they are simply working and getting stuff done. I think that’s an accurate statement.
But, if politicians think we aren’t paying attention, they are sorely mistaken. Not only are we paying attention, but we’re not stupid either (Bill Maher). We read, we think, we watch and we definitely vote.
President Obama is going to know this at the end of the day, in the worst way. I just hope he doesn’t take all of this personal, though. Yet, somehow, I think he will. He does tend to make his politics personal.
I also hope he’s not going to turn into another Jimmy Carter and spend the next 30 or 40 years sucking the lemons of bitterness over his presidential frustrations and sow the seed of discord everywhere he goes. It won’t speak well of him as it certainly doesn’t speak well of former President Carter.
Just keep it simple, Mr. Obama, we don’t hate you. We’re just smarter than you think we are – guns, religion, tea bags and all.