George Washington is the only president who didn’t blame the previous administration for his troubles. – Unknown
Yes, I know the election is almost here. We all know! I don’t know about every one else but our country is in election overload. TV, internet, cell phones, social media, magazines, newspapers, water coolers…All we hear is the usual prepared stuff from Hillary and the wild rants from Trump. Nothing with the charm and grace of earlier Presidents. I am not trying to sway voters. I am just writing because I am sick of hearing about politics. Ever since the rise of the Internet and social media, you can’t get away from it here in America. I know because I have to research daily the social media activities around the web. During a town hall or a debate, one of the candidates will make a statement and the “fact checkers online” will race to correct or confirm. Then we the people rush to the Internet to see who is right. When you hear News Story A or News Story B, the truth is valid for a day or so and then the Internet dissects the truth. But the next news cycle is too late. The opinion is formed based on the first news story to hit about either candidate. We can find all the “facts” we want to support our opinions but the candidates are always backpedaling to cover their own behinds. Who is right? No one knows. Even when the facts are out there it depends on who presents them and who debunks them.
This election is a perfect example of one of my favorite quotes:
The problem with political jokes is they get elected. —Henry Cate, VII
Trump is a joke. Hillary is a joke. The joke is on us, the American people. Never have two more undeserving people in recent memory been afforded the opportunity to run this great nation. Who doesn’t get tired of seeing their Facebook feed with a friend posting hateful stuff about a candidate you like. Or vice versa. I miss seeing food selfies or cat memes. Right now ambivalent voters face a grim choice. Whoever we choose to be the next President will come with 4 more years of hateful baggage. We will argue with our friends and loved ones that supported our choice. We will hate their choice. In the old days that would be fine. You wouldn’t hear much of it until you had a meeting or dinner with them, or whatever. These days, unless you delete your Facebook account or Twitter Feed you will never hear the end of it. Love them or hate them, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the most talked about people on the planet.