Elections are always a touchy subject… even more so when the elections are as close as they were this year. I find it interesting that US elections can be a touchy subject not just among Americans, but among many individuals from other countries as well. Sometimes I just want to run and hide so that I can avoid all the conversations, as I learned early on that political and religious opinions are sometimes best kept private.
That said, after a long day, when I was finally in a place to turn on the television and see the election results I cried (no I did not cry because I was unhappy, I was happy), yet it was more than my being happy about the election results. I was also happy that the election was over. It has been so sad watching my friends and family slam each other on Facebook as they argued about political beliefs in conversations that were sometimes pathetic at best. Why were they pathetic? Because they were not conversations, each person had their opinions that were not to be swayed and there was little to no willingness to learn more and understand facts. I read sad statements by family members who clearly needed to “do their homework” but, sadly, did not have enough knowledge to know that they lacked so much knowledge and understanding.
I am proud to be an American. I am thrilled to be able to participate in the democratic process, I shed a tear not only when I heard the results, but also as I cast my own ballot. Our votes DO count and it was an honor to participate, and to help my girls understand the democratic process in the USA.
Most people I know vote on issues that are close to their heart – I did the same. It is my sincere hope that during the next four years there will be significant strides in areas that concern me and my family. Time will tell.
In the meantime, whether or not we voted for Obama, he is our president for the next four years and the representative of our country. I was highly impressed with Romney’s concession speech – so dignified, so honorable, so complimentary. He set a great example for the rest of the country.
Today, 105 days ’til 40, in the aftermath of the 2012 elections, I am so thankful that I have the right to vote – I do not take that for granted.