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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Just do it

The last poll has been taken, the final ad aired. The absurdly long, horrifically expensive campaign in American history is all over except for the counting.

It would be nice to think that when the victor emerges the United States will get down to the business of healing -- our economy, our bitterly divided psyche.

Nice but unlikely given all the bile that was purged without ever addressing the reality facing us all: a nation that takes in less than it needs to care for anyone who doesn't have the clout to buy it -- from legislators to the election itself.

When the last bill is paid we will, as a nation, have squandered billions of dollars in singing the praises and shouting the curses about the men and women who seek office. I would say represent us, but in too many cases, they will represent the special interests who put the most cash in their coffers.

Perhaps prophetically, Wednesday will not dawn with sunshine and blue skies, especially not along the East Coast where another powerful storm is poised to wreak more havoc on communities battered by Hurricane Sandy.

Climate change of the type that may have been responsible for superstorm Sandy was not addressed during the endless months of campaigning -- although we did talk about whether the government had a role in helping those who lost everything in the storm.

And there was also no discussion of the Elephant in the Room, the train wreck that that looms unless Congress and Barack Obama can come to some sort of agreement on how to deal with the "fiscal cliff" that threatens to send us back into recession unless we find a way to spend within our means while addressing the inequality that finds many billionaires not paying their fair share.

Elections are supposed to be a timer of renewal, when we voice our opinions and bury the hatchets and work together. But the likelihood that Congress, the most unpopular institution in the nation, will change its ways and work together is not promising.

Is it any wonder that more and more people are throwing up their hands and walking away, the biggest waste of all.

Depressing? Yes. But Election Day should still inspire people to remember that for all its myriad faults, this system of government is still the best around. And while I may be disheartened I won't stop caring.

And neither should you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum from you but I hope some good may come from this election. I think Barack will eke out a narrow win, but in winning and becoming a lame duck I hope he learns to become a statesman and not the politician we have seen so often. I reread the Constitution every now and then, especially near election time and the wisdom that was put into such a relatively short document is amazing. Sadly I think the founding fathers would be disappointed in the current members of Congress on both sides.

November 06, 2012 8:46 AM  

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