Friday, July 25, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Something to think about: Over and out

By
From page A6 | November 16, 2012 |

The elections are over, the elections are over! No more attack ads or Super Pacs. No more 4-year-old children driven to despair over endless “Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney” political ads.

The political analysts are going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, leaving us to do our own thinking. We can take down all the political signs on lawns and fence posts everywhere and put up Christmas lights. The person who illegally screwed a Stracener sign into the tree in my parents-in-law’s front yard can show up and remove it with the same zeal with which they put it up.

It’s the lull before the next storm of political controversy. I like this lull — when you can actually look outside and see the last few leaves on the trees instead of a statement of political preference; when you’re urged to contribute to the well-being of the community instead of to election coffers; when you gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays instead of congregating to discuss the merits or flaws of candidates.

The undecided decided; the independents were independent and the political parties got to strut their stuff. Nothing helpful actually got done in the last few months in Congress and despite urgent needs, I don’t hold out a lot of hope for their diligence during the holidays. Actions speak louder than words and I’m waiting for some shouting. But this is the lull, full of lame ducks, sore losers and swearing-ins.

Presidential elections have become like Super Bowl only without the tailgating and great commercials: the hype before; the play-by-play analysis with announcers in excited voices and the armchair quarterbacking the day after. Rockefeller Center morphed into Democracy Plaza as the ice rink became an interactive map of red and blue states and hourly results were projected on Jumbotrons and across the building facades. Instead of dissecting fumbles, news anchors talked of anomalies. And, as usual, the Electoral College intercepted the popular vote and scored its own touchdown.

So, now, either ebullient and victorious or dazed and indignant, we face the lull. Those who voted have the right to complain, except for the taxpayers in California who, despite being the most taxed people in the United States, opted for still more taxes with Prop. 30 — a blank check to our governor who did not say that the money raised by those taxes would go to schools, but that trigger cuts to schools would be avoided if we gave him that blank check. According to the text of the Proposition, the increase in taxes could go to schools, but it doesn’t have to, and we don’t have any control over where it will be going.

We’ve all heard that Nature abhors a vacuum, and it must be true, or why would we be filling this lovely lull with complaints and dire predictions about what will happen now that the people and propositions we voted for didn’t make it?

Let’s pretend, just during the lull, to believe the declarations of members of Congress as they swear to work together for the good of all; to right the wrongs they created during the campaign and to get down to business and get something done to make things better.

Let’s have a bonfire of political signs and make s’mores instead of roasting political candidates. During the lull, I believe that the people who are already talking about potential presidential candidates for 2016 should go outside with the smokers and that any discussion of “red” or “blue” should refer to the choice of sweaters for your dog’s Christmas gift.

Some people will have a little extra to be thankful for this holiday season. I’m just very thankful that the elections are over.

Wendy Schultz is a staff writer and columnist for the Mountain Democrat. Her column appears bi-weekly. 

Comments

comments

.

News

District 2: Candidates debate jobs versus lifestyle

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Accident: 1 bullet hits 2

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

 
 
Scaffolding issue makes for contentious meeting

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

Help available for breastfeeding mothers

By Health and Human Services Agency | From Page: A3

 
El Dorado County School Board vacancy

By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: A8

 
.

Opinion

The weekly Daley: A good time to be there…

By Chris Daley | From Page: A4

 
Something to think about: More than what you see

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A4

Popular science

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

Watch whom you’re calling ‘conservative’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
Fake ‘small farms’ steal from residential EID customers

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

People of Placerville

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Computer scam phone calls

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Support of Director Prada

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Uphold the Third Amendment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Bureaucracy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Imagination Theater’s play

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

.

Sports

Quarter century later, Rypien wins ACCG again

By Andrew Hazard | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Outside with Charlie: Paddle time

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

Midget Lites join tomorrow’s action

By Bill Sullivan | From Page: A6

 
El Dorado rallies for last-inning victory

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6

Sports Scene: July 24, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Rush sit a win from Series

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A7

Tasmanian Devils go undefeated

By Patty Pope | From Page: A7

 
.

Prospecting

El Dorado wines win in Amador

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B1

 
Suds entice the taste buds

By Krysten Kellum | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Things to do: July 25, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

 
Rhythm and Views goes bluesy

By | From Page: B3

Have an Hawaiian vacation at Carson Road wineries

By Carson Road Winery Asociation | From Page: B3Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
Summer fun is happening in Twain Harte

By Fire On | From Page: B4Comments are off for this post

Manzanita doubles the music

By Table Nectar And Manzanita | From Page: B5

 
Recording artist at Busby Cellars

By News Release | From Page: B6

Hands4Hope hosts school supply drive

By News Release | From Page: B6

 
Supergroup plays Harris Center

By Carrera Productions | From Page: B6

Artists invited to go western

By Art On The Divide | From Page: B7

 
Visit Tahoe artists during tour

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: B7

Reggae on the River celebrates 30 years

By Reggae On | From Page: B7Comments are off for this post

 
.

Essentials

Building permits 7/7-11/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Lake levels 7-24-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Crime Log: July 11-13

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

How to have a garden party, minus the whining

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS3

 
Most common mistakes homebuyers make

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

.

Comics

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A9

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A9

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A9

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Horoscope, Saturday, July 26, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Friday, July 25, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
.

Home Source

How to have a garden party, minus the whining

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS3

Most common mistakes homebuyers make

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4