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Doom and Gloom, Elections Loom, and How to Come Up Shining

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Some people have voted early, some are feeling resistant to voting at all, and some are waiting to vote, just in case some kind of last-minute miracle happens. I guess I fall into the third group.

Many are confused. No one who is basing her/his vote on the information gleaned from mainstream media can possibly make a well-informed voting decision. These days candidates and their cronies own the major news media, so the news you see is the news they want you to see. As a Managing Editor of OpEdNews, I have been privy to a great deal of under-distributed information, including an abundance of actual facts, which have lead me to my conclusions. Most of these facts could be discovered by the casual explorer, if they spent enough time at it--and here at OpEdNews, we certainly do our best to make that easier for our readers. But many people don't explore beyond the MSM. And I do understand, there are plenty of other more palatable pieces of life to focus on.

But I am very sure that most of those who vote for the eventual "winner" of this election, whoever it turns out to be, will be horribly disappointed and deeply regretful within a few months, because neither of the two most disliked candidates in American history is even as marginally benevolent as he/she seems.

I have been observing the majority of people--on both sides--making their choices based on fear, casting their precious vote against the thing they fear the most, rather than voting for something. And making a choice based on a foundation of fear does not engender actual safety, it only offers the illusion of safety.

And many of these voters, in the throes of their fears, have terrorized the rest of us, claiming that if we don't vote the way they want us to vote, we are responsible for the downfall of America. And that's on both sides. And it's terrorism.

This Election Cycle from Hell has made many Americans feel that they have been painted into a corner. And maybe that's not so bad, because the only way out of that corner is up.

So what are the beneficial things about this election cycle?

* It has caused people to consider what might be beyond the two-party system

* It has inspired a huge welling up of citizens who have found their voices

* It has shone a brighter light on candidates' and other politicians' integrity, or lack thereof

* It has spotlighted a number of remarkable politicians who are clearly on the road to ethical political success, including Tulsi Gabbard, Zephyr Teachout, and others

* It has inspired introspection about personal ethics in voting

Witnessing a moral candidate running in the primaries gave many people hope, because they saw something they hardly expected to see in American politics: an ethical and caring public servant. And just watching a visionary modeling compassionate political behavior can help us break through our "4-minute-mile" style political roadblocks.

Maybe it was not coincidence that this election cycle also enveloped the timing for the historic win for the Chicago Cubs. Perhaps they are the forerunners, and we are all about to break through a political drought as well.

Could this be the beginning of an ascension out of the two-party system, and an elevation of ethics and compassion in politics?

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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