Two Minute Tirade

The average reader consumes approximately 200 words per minute.
That means I’m on my soapbox for about 400 words.

I’d think everyone would be by now, even the candidates.
And yet, every available media outlet is bombarding me with political negativity.
Maybe if a candidate ran on his own merits, as opposed to running on the faults of his opponent, we might have something better to vote for than “the lesser of two evils.”

Candidates (and their various made-up supporter groups) have taken to bullying voters into voting for them, or not voting for the other person, with wild and wacky claims.
No one is going to kill your grandma.
No one is going to give your money to rich people.
No one is going take away your right to remove an unwanted fetus.
Can we please stop being victims and use our heads?!

Social media is rampant with images, quotes and memes that are absolutely hilarious unless it’s targeting your candidate, then it’s just mean and people need to chill.
There seems to be a whole lotta folks who are disher-outers but can’t-takers.
This is not a partisan comment.
From the swing set to the merry-go-round, “You’re candidate sucks!” “No, you’re candidate sucks!” The playground mentality is completely bi-partisan.
They all suck. Neener neener.

(Wow, is this a great visual metaphor for politics or what?! Spin and mud!)

Is it too much to ask that you cast your vote based on logic that might (gees, please and hopefully!) improve our nation? I have to believe that regardless (but never irregardless, HAHA) of your political bend, we’re all working towards the same goals.

I want the people in power to make a list. (Yes, I’m a list-maker and therefore believe in the benefits of list-making.) I want them to write down their top ten goals for America, list the priorities that would strengthen our nation as a whole. Then I want them to cross-reference these lists and focus on the overlaps TOGETHER.
I wish it was that easy.
I know it isn’t.
But wouldn’t it be nice if they simplified things instead of compounding them?
I also want them to hire the accountant from the movie Dave.

I don’t know who will win. I believe it’s a close race and I believe that despite playground bully antics, that’s a good thing. Luckily for me, I don’t have to choose. I live in Illinois and Chicago voters carry my state. Ha.

I do know the political media overkill will not end on Tuesday.
I may be opinionated, but I ain’t stupid.

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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2 Responses to Two Minute Tirade

  1. Kristin says:

    Great comments Mary. Love it! Thanks for being a voice of reason.

  2. Pingback: How aren’t you? | Mary Lamphere

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