The campaign was very emotional for a lot of people. At stake was our fundamental stances. Ideals we felt were personal and should not be campaign issues. It created a divide over what was most important to all the people ... the economy, jobs, education, social security, medicare, health reforms, wars, redefining immigration. Instead we were forced to endure hate, accusations, hot issues that though they were important to us were not an issue to be added to our already full coffer. We witnessed events that none of us ever expected to see or hear. Pastors of churches politicking their personal opinions on the pulpit...candidates fueling hate and fear with their remarks and stances. Rhetoric that overflowed the campaigns with supposed wrongs and emotional hot spots. Many real issues were obscured and did not get due attention.
Many people lost their perspective of what was a governmental issue and what were personal matters. The campaigns began to interfere with the real issues, creating mass confusion concerning what were genuine issues and what was an alternate universe. No body concentrated on what had been accomplished already, even with Republicans in destruction mode. The voters began to select only what they wanted to hear, not judging if it was true or not. Blatant lies were being told and no one pointed them out. Often the lies were just ignored. Conflicts of interest were being ignored by those who only cared that their candidate be elected.
We were losing control of our own beliefs and logic. People were becoming so disillusioned by what was being thrown at them that they forgot to check if it was true or not. We were once more involved in a civil war with no bloodshed, only brothers, sisters, parents, children at each others' throats because they believed what they were hearing as the truth and were not willing to let go of the lies .... He had said ... She had said ...'They" had said...but where was the truth? We were once more at each others' throats.
The election is now over ... this should be a time for healing and a time to once more regain our equilibrium Time for people to re-think our actions and words and realize that as a nation we need and depend on each other. We all need to begin rebuilding trust and heal the hurt of this election year and "move forward". We have to let the past remain in the past but use its lessons for us to grow as a nation in the 21st century. We have changed from what we were in the 60s and 70s. Our children have created a new era. With our knowledge of the past we can combine what we saw and learned with their dreams and visions of the future ... but we all have to realize we have to grow up to deal with this new era .... we have to build our future with the realizations that times are not stagnated but free flowing and ever changing.