Thursday, November 06, 2008

finally

Finally it’s finished. Finally we can get back to normal. Finally we don’t have to put up with any more political ads. But in the two days since the election I find myself in a kind of withdrawal that is hard to define.

For the past two years we have been subjected to a nearly constant barrage of political advertising that sought to garner our support for one of the various candidates. Those ads in turn amused and then sometimes enraged us. We could only shake our heads at the hyperbole and misrepresentations, the twisting of words taken out of context, the accusations of wrong-headedness and even malfeasance, and the wrongful claims of consorting with undesirables (like other senators and terrorists). We chose sides and believed what our side had to say about the other side’s inadequacies and deficiencies. But through it all we never wavered from the belief that the process, flawed as it may be, worked.

While the campaigning was going on you would have thought that the two candidates were the worst of enemies. They said and inferred some vile things about each other. But once the contest was over, shaking hands and promising support and cooperation to help make the promises of the campaigns a reality was the gracious end to the sometimes bitter fight. Where else in the world does such an orderly transfer of power in the government occur without actual bloodshed. Where else in the world do the citizens of the country actually have the privilege to select their leader. As a voting citizen I get a tingle of excitement and satisfaction whenever I exercise that right to vote. Tiny though it may be, I know my voice is heard, and that gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

So now that all the excitement has died down, what will replace it in our daily lives? What will fill all that advertising time on TV now that there is no more mudslinging to be done? The chance to catch our breath now that the election is over is a welcome respite before the next onslaught of punditry and analysis of the job being done by the new administration takes place. This has been merely round one of the ongoing fight to bring about all the change that was promised. There are still many more rounds to go in the fight to get us back on track.

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