Really??

I’m a little confused about something.  I could have sworn that we just went through an election – ie, one where people who chose to exercise their right to vote did exactly that.  When your candidate loses it is not the apocalypse nor is it the beginning of the end of the world as we know it.  Neither of the two major party’s candidates were the complete savior or demon (forgive the religious overtones) that they were or are made out to be.  They are simply flawed human beings like the rest of us, with all the associated issues that come with that title.

My confusion stems from the fact that I’m seeing postings and comments all suggesting in various ways that no, this isn’t a democracy where all votes count.  This is a democracy where if I don’t vote like you do and my candidate wins, somehow that invalidates my vote and the name-calling begins. 

I’m embarrassed to see this.  I’m saddened that people I consider friends are behaving this way. 

I’m not totally surprised and why not?  It’s mirrored in the so-called “religious freedom” in this country, too.  Oh yes!  We’re all about religious freedom – just so long as you believe like a certain group of people.  If you don’t?  Well, then you apparently have less right to your freedom to believe as you do.

It has been a long, long few days since the election and while I’m happy to have exercised my right to vote, I’m massively let down.  “My” candidate was successful in his re-election and I hope to hell that he and congress work their butts off to make up for the deficiencies we’ve seen in our governing bodies (and I’m not talking just the last 4-12 years), however, I don’t think my opinion of us as a people will recover for a very long time.

Until the people being governed learn how to act like civilized, rational beings, those governing will have no good reason to be any better than they are.

moonfire stepping down off her soapbox

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