10 thoughts on “Second Thoughts — Election Reflection

  1. I think a lot of people are waking up and realizing the hatred cast from both sides…we’re all exhausted from the media hype.

    • I am not sure if both sides cast the hatred or gives voice to what is already there. I honestly don’t know. I do know that “blame” is irresponsible and useless. I have never seen anything like this in all my voting life and it has made me very sad. I’m pretty idealistic…

      • People don’t feel purpose or belonging in their own country…also people feel that there vote doesn’t matter… the courts ruled that a corporation has the same rights as a citizen for campaign donations before 2012, when super pacs were formed.

      • I agree with you. SuperPACS make it so much worse.

        In my lifetime, people have always felt their vote didn’t matter — that’s par for the course, I think. Of course, it isn’t true, but… Where it DOES matter (and this is crucial) is in the election of representatives who are supposed to vote on legislation the way their constituency wants them to. A lot of people don’t take that seriously or inform themselves about their representatives; I think that’s one reason we get so many people in the house and senate for basically a LIFETIME. But there’s nothing sensation about those elections and the media doesn’t focus on them.

        As for belonging — if a person feels entitled to things then that person is easily alienated. If a person feels that they have to get in there and work to make something happen, they feel more part of the world they live in. Passivity is alienating, I think, though it is very difficult to accept that all the effort one puts in might yield nothing. I think that was hard for young Bernie supporters.

  2. Too bad you deleted it; I didn’t have time to comment, but I liked it.

    I’m idealistic too – and for the most part, I’ve been horrified by this electoral campaign, even though I don’t even live in the US.

    • It just made me tired writing and then reading it. Barb Alsop wrote beautifully on the misogyny theme. I also decided (after some conversations with the young of the day) that I’m going to remain idealistic. That’s my job as an older person. 🙂

  3. There was such a wonderful editorial in today’s newspaper that talked about ‘the profound damage he has done to our nation.’ That, I believe, is a very true statement but it is so hurtful to read and to realize that one man did all this damage. The article ended with “The vile spirit of this campaign cannot be allowed to contaminate the next four years.” I don’t know which I am more scared of: going to bed tonight before the election results are in, or waking in the morning to find out the election results. God bless us, everyone.

    • Trump didn’t do it by himself. He galvanized something that was already there. Ignorance, bitterness, racism, victim mentality. I have friends from other countries who thought — at the beginning of the campaign — Trump was a joke and would NEVER get the nomination. Turns out America is a joke. 😦

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