Can we Just Cancel This Election?

I’m sitting on my “magic” deck, the one Kat calls paradise, enjoying the quiet with only my big girls near me, the birds flitting about, twittering, stopping for a bite for two, taking a quick bath in the birdbath or the fountain. Yesterday was the day for the robins to bathe, one of them repeating the bath two or three times, and then for gathering the little ornamental strawberries that grow with abandon. I have given up on controlling those strawberries to one area.

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The Kat still sleeps and the Gep has not yet returned from his ventures in California. Husband is in his shop, his quiet place, the only place he can satisfy his smoking habit. We all need our quiet times, our respites.

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None of these words or pictures have anything to do with the title of this post, I know. I think I’m delaying expressing my weariness, my sadness, my frustration with our political scene. Yesterday as I read Newsweek and started the newest issue of The Week, there were several editorials regarding the presidential candidates, at least the two primary candidates. The editorials brought up the lack of solutions being offered to our problems by those candidates, indicating that the candidates’ statements seem to focus on who is the better of the two. Sadness. Does this mean they have no solutions?

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The truth is, however, that the president can do nothing without the cooperation of the congress. Considering the partisanship of our congress over the past few years, it seems to me that it matters not at all who is the president. Nothing will get done. We will sink deeper and deeper into the abyss we are creating, the do-nothing-status prevailing. I intensely dislike the “red state, blue state” talk – I am neither red nor blue, I am candidate driven. When the candidate can offer me something that I can cling to, that I can believe, I am candidate driven.

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This year? This year I’m considering sitting it out. I’m wondering if I should even bother to vote. For what? Is anyone listening? I think not. I think my voice is much like the tree that falls in the forest when no one is around. Or perhaps I’ll simply vote only for female candidates, based on the premise that women – usually – are more reasonable, more logical. At least once we get past those emotional years in our 20s and 30s. Based on the premise that women usually will try to resolve issues verbally with shooting being the last-ditch effort.

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In the meantime, I’ll avoid hearing the diatribes as much as possible, I will continue to read reasoned summaries of what’s going on, and I will bury my head in my quiet world, take pictures of pretty things, enjoy my loved ones (furry and otherwise) and be comforted that I am surrounded by love.

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Despite the political climate, there is much good in this world.

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I will ignore, as much as possible, the thorny – like this thistle that has made itself a home in my flower bed but will soon be dealt with in a just fashion – and I will focus on the Bailey girl, the one who is certain that no matter where she drops her ball I will find it and throw it for her when she is ready. I will focus on the Shasta, the “c’mon mom, let’s get up” way too early, bouncy girl. I will focus on the husband, the Kat, the Gep, the Twiggy and the Lily and the friends around me. I will focus on those that do not lie, that do not feel a need for power.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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12 Responses to Can we Just Cancel This Election?

  1. Robin says:

    I have voted in every Presidential election since I turned 18, until 4 years ago. As wonderful as our system is, I think I have become frustrated with politics in general. You are correct; we just sinker deeper and deeper into the abyss.

    I love that you countered your political dissatisfaction with such beautiful photos and warm thoughts of home.

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  2. Northern Narratives says:

    I always vote. My grandmother fought for the right to vote.

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  3. “Despite the political climate, there is much good in this world.”

    Amen siSTAR 🙂

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  4. Lisa says:

    I think most of the country shares in your frustration. Our “representative” are anything but representative of the people. I believe they are all out to line their own pockets any way they can…on both sides. But something drastic needs to change or this bus is going to go speeding off a cliff soon. I’m honestly terrified as to what kind of country my kids and grandkids will have if things continue this way. As for voting, I encourage you to continue to vote. Our fore-mothers suffered greatly for the right to have our voices heard.

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  5. Heather says:

    I’ll still vote, but I’ll join you in avoiding the diatribe. The other day we drove into our peaceful little city and were greeted – if that’s the right word – by folks shaking signs for their candidate of choice at passers-by. Only one candidate was represented, and people were acting as if they were up against a foe. Who does this convince?
    I’m appreciative of your flowers. What is the first one? It looks sticky and full of pollen and neat 🙂

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  6. Carol says:

    Robin NN, Laurie and Lisa – I’m sure I will vote. After all, our ballots will be mailed to us, making it so easy. But I will have no sense that anyone is listening.

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  7. Dawn says:

    No one is listening…they are past listening now and both just trying to save themselves. I’m more and more convinced I want a little house in a big woods to hide in.

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  8. Karma says:

    It is true, I believe the system has gotten way out of control from what our forefathers intended.
    I’m glad this blogging community has each other to listen to and vent to and show pretty pictures to! 🙂

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  9. I have never sat out an election in 36 years, ever since I was eligible to vote. My wise old grandmother taught me that voting was the highest of civic duties, and if I didn’t vote, then I had no right to complain.

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  10. Carol, please don’t sit out the election. I don’t usually talk politics in my blogging (well, not much), but since you brought it up…if think of all the opposition and obstruction Obama has faced, it is remarkable he was able to push through his healthcare plan, which is making a difference to millions of Americans. If you depend upon Medicare or Social Security, and Romney is elected, you would know the difference.

    Ralph Nader said there was no difference between Gore and Bush, but if Gore had been elected, we would not have gone to war, wasted billions of dollars and thousands of lives, throwing the economy into a tailspin, and giving away the rest of our reserves with unnecessary tax cuts in nickels and dimes to the middle class and by the bagful to the rich. Our air would be cleaner and our middle class would be stronger. (There was a balanced budget and the opportunity to buy down our national debt for the first time in my memory when Bush decided to give it away). I could go on, but don’t worry–I won’t. There IS a difference. A HUGE difference.

    You can be discouraged–I know I am–but please vote. If it doesn’t turn out the way you hoped you can’t say it was because you didn’t try to do your part. Think of all the oppressed people in the world who would die for the right to vote.

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    • Carol says:

      Naomi, I could noy agree with you more. I will be voting, but I still seriously wonder if it truly makes a difference, if anybody is listening.

      Sent from my iPad

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