The Election, that is. And I’m relieved. Not because of the results, but because I was very tired of the campaigning. I’ve never been so glad NOT to live in a battleground state (although it might have been cool to attend a rally). Alabama’s electoral votes were a given on day one, so the national candidates pretty much left us alone, but we had a congressional race that turned nasty. I was so tired of the commercials, the mailings, the robocalls… The poor folks in Presidential battleground states must have felt like they were under siege from the candidates. I know they were glad to see the polls close and this election come to an end.
Regardless of how I feel about a political candidate, I have great admiration for anyone who runs for public office. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there and take the flack. Your entire life becomes fair game for anyone to criticize and question. Good dog, I can’t even imagine it. (Okay, so I can, and it’s not pretty. Especially when you were stupid until the age of 22.) What kills me though is the fact that so much of the scrutiny and “hard-hitting” questions are complete and utter crap. With all due respect to Joe Biden, past may be prologue, but what’s more important is what I’m doing today with the info from my prologue.
(I wrote a paper in college blasting Tipper Gore for her campaign to require labels on albums with explicit and/or violent lyrics. It was CENSORSHIP! A VIOLATION of the First Amendment! NAZIS! Stone her! Shall I forever be judged on my stand on that one issue? A stand I made at the age of 18? An issue on which I’ve since adjusted my thinking to at least not compare it to Nazism? Oh, and let’s not even talk about some of my friends and their stupidity. One was an avowed anarchist at 17 – and Goth before Goth was cool. He’s now a city councilman and respected community leader. I expect to see him do bigger and better things in the coming years—unless of course I release that great photo of him in the Anarchy Now! t-shirt and black nail polish.)
I wouldn’t make it through one primary… much less an entire campaign. I certainly wouldn’t make it through gracefully, either. Not with my temper. I'd snap at the first stupid question about my sixth-grade boyfriend. (See, anger issues. Something else for my opponent to use against me.)
So Candidates, regardless of which ticket you ran on – Republican, Democrat, Independent, Green Party, or Lunatic Fringe – you have my respect. I admire you because you care enough to put your entire life up for discussion in order to serve. Even if I vehemently disagree with every plank in your platform, I’m impressed with your passion.
You may not have gotten my vote, but you have my respect. Even if I think you are a complete whack job.
Have you ever run for an office? Even if it was just for secretary of the Junior Class? Did you win?
~Who ran unopposed in her recent Chapter election~
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