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Monday, October 24, 2016

Thank God, it's almost over...

This political season is not for sissies. though the word sissy reminds me of that other word we rather nobody used. So, no, this political season is not for the shy, polite, well-mannered, respectful, gentlemanly, or lady-like folks we engage with on a regular basis, folks we might or might not know well, yet, expect they would think less of us if we just jumped in and said anything that comes to mind...

This season reminds me of the dilemma we all face in front of a wall of menu choices. Ah, what I really want is a meal I can't easily prepare at home, a juicy piece halibut, not fried or battered, but fresh from the ocean, filleted and grilled with a simple lemon sauce accompanied by some locally sourced fresh vegetables transformed in a new way, and served on the side...

But not at that price!

The dilemma of great expectations meeting available reality.
The realization that available choices are limited to what the organization can provide, under the local circumstances, and catered to the taste and pocketbook of people who frequent this place often!

In 2016, in America, we have two choices on our presidential menu, and a good number of people are still undecided, listing and shouting that what they want is not on the menu, and it is too late in the season to do anything about it. Will they leave and go home hungry? Will they make the forced choice? Will they pull a side option and make that their main choice?

We have had a year or more to vet these candidates; a year or more to be informed on all sides; a year or more to school ourselves on the consequences of not making such choices.

In a couple of days, we all have the opportunity to cast our ballot-early voting for many of us is available in our progressive states, by mail, with no lines and no other interference. And yes, we'll draw a big, deep sigh of relief, and hope for the best.

And if choosing a candidate is this difficult, imagine what it would be like if we lived in a place where we had no choice at all.

11 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Sigh.
Very familiar over here too.
And a timely reminder. Yes, we do have choices.
And, as an aside, isn't pre-polling WONDERFUL. Since I discovered it I have never voted any other way.

dianefaith said...

I never had a bit of a problem with this choice. One was something I could stomach, the other I definitely could not.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosaria ... it's been terrible and we get bombarded this side of the pond. I just hope the right decision is made for you, for America and more importantly for the rest of the world.

Choice ... if people concentrated and really thought - and weren't emotionally whacked out with ineffectual words ... we would have other choices ... Brexit wasn't thought through by so many - they wanted something different ...

Good luck to us all .. the little people - cheers and let's hope -Hilary

Rian said...

I can definitely agree that I'm glad it's all coming to an end. I think the campaigning goes on a little too long. And I really hope that somehow we all find a way to deal with it - no matter the outcome.

ellen abbott said...

I voted yesterday. I am so ready for this to be over.

the walking man said...

I know for whom I shall vote but I am way more concerned with the down ballot. Time to change the congress again, that diaper is well soiled.

Sally Wessely said...

Great post. I can't add a thing to what you have stated so well. I am ready for this to be over. I hope those fickle voters don't give mean that we end up with a POTUS they will regret.

Amanda Summer said...

I can't wait for it to be over, but Saturday Night Live and the late night TV hosts will no longer have the comedy gold fodder to tap into :))

A Cuban In London said...

The last paragraph of your well-written post is perfect. At least you have a choice, even if it's not the choice you would like to have.

Greetings from London.

Barbara Torris said...

You are so absolutely right. Having to make a choice is very hard but thinking about never being given a choice is even harder.

We live in Arizona in the winter. I am appalled and even shocked at the ads and billboards in this state. I wouldn't mind if any of it were true but it isn't. One more week and we can do it campers...we really can.

Thank you.

b+

troutbirder said...

Something must be wrong with me. I made up my mind for her months ago and nothing has budged me from it....