Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Something to think about: Over and out

From page A6 | November 16, 2012 | 31 Comments

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. 


Discussion | 31 comments

  • Chuck HollandNovember 15, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Wendy, Did you check to see if the Stracener sign in your parents-in-law's tree is within a "free zone"?

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  • Willy WonkaNovember 16, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Chuck, it's over. You get nothing! You lose ! Good day, sir!

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  • Jesus H ChristNovember 16, 2012 - 9:59 am

    HILLARY 2016!!!

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  • DB SmithNovember 16, 2012 - 10:07 am

    Hey Woosie. She already said she will not run in 2016. Should we believe her? Maybe you should ask her husband who was impeached for lying straight into the faces of the American people.

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  • Jesus H ChristNovember 16, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    What's a woosie? I have a whosie, but that is a private matter.

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  • DeeNovember 16, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    JHC from Merriam Webster Dictionary--- wuss noun \ˈwu̇s\ pluralwuss·esalsowus·sies Definition of WUSS : wimp — wussyadjective wuss also wus·sy Examples of WUSS Don't be such a wuss. Origin of WUSS origin unknown First Known Use: 1976

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  • DB SmithNovember 16, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    Jesus and Longhopper: Sorry I just got back. There are a number of spellings and definitions but Google "The 10 Traits of a Woosie". Come on out of the closet Mr. Jesus and quit being a coward and woosie by hiding in the closet and behind someone else's good name. Did I spell something wrong Longhopper?

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  • Ken SteersNovember 16, 2012 - 4:08 pm

    DB, what are the two most used lies by Bill Clinton? Hint, the first is "the check is in the mail". The second one he used numerous times to Monica Lewinski in the Oval Office. Obviously he must have told the truth once as by his evidence on her blue dress. Greatest President Ever.

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  • DB SmithNovember 16, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    Yeah Ken ~ Slick Willy and Hillary. What a lovely duo they are. Very presidential don't you think? It should be very interesting during the next few years w/a background of lying, impeachment, lack of moral character, contempt, $90,000 fine, law license suspension, obstruction, dishonesty, $850,000 pay off to Jones, Libya, etc... I forget if Lewinsky got to keep the blue dress and cigar but she did get a book deal.

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  • James E.November 16, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    General Smith, yes, you again misspelled wussie (See Dee's comment). You should have your adjutant check your work before submission.

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  • James E.November 16, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    Given your comments, you guys were close to a stroke when President Obama was reelected. What are you going to do when Hillary becomes your president in 2016? We (royal we) worry about your health.

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  • James E.November 16, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Back in awhile to give General Smith's adjutant time to located a dictionary.

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  • DB SmithNovember 16, 2012 - 4:51 pm

    I done located that there dictionary a long time ago Longhopper. My particular use and spelling of "woosie" stands. Uh ~ what's up with "adjutant time to located a dictionary"? Mutt your britches.

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  • Chuck HollandNovember 16, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    @Willy Wanka, You say I lose? I reached my objective, Stracener spent over $200k to buy his job. (thats about $7 plus dollars per vote) He spent all his Ill-gotten taxpayer money stored in his savings account. For that I am having a good day.

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  • Ken SteersNovember 16, 2012 - 5:52 pm

    DB, do you know why Bill and Hillary only had Chelsie? Janet Reno came up impudent. Slick Willie had Lewinsky all set up with that posh $500,000 a year job with Revlon to keep her quiet. Then the stuff on her dress hit the fan. Do you know anyone with brain damage? To me it would take someone mentally ill to hope that sick old worn out transvestite looking windbag ever inhabited the White House ever again, or his wife Hillary.

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  • DB SmithNovember 16, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    There truly is a disease going around Ken and I predict that the disease is not sustainable. You just may have changed and healed some diseased mines with you description of "sick old worn out transvestite looking windbag". Gotta love it. :)

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  • James E.November 16, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    General Smith, that would be minds, not mines. Is the dictionary on the way?

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  • James E.November 16, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Mr. Steers, fifth graders evaluate others on their appearance. Should we evaluate you on yours?

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  • Ken SteersNovember 16, 2012 - 6:58 pm

    I guess the Gestapo socialist democrats are having a hard time leading. They won. Conservatives have no say or responsibility as the direction of this country. Maybe this time around they can do away with the first amendment. Until then they are held accountable by society.

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  • Ken SteersNovember 17, 2012 - 8:45 am

    Reagan, Nixon and Clinton are on the Titanic. The ship hits the iceberg and sinks slowly. Everybody starts screaming, panicking, etc. Reagan shouts: "Women and children first." Nixon goes: "Screw the women." Clinton replies: "Do you think we have time?" OH-BAH-MAH!!! 2016 Michelle

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  • arnold langeNovember 17, 2012 - 12:07 pm

    the election is over, Obama won-Romney lost. Lungrens out, Beri is in. dems picked up seats in the house and senate. in the run up to the election all the right wing pundits presented their sheep with false data based on fantasies spun to make themselves feel good. It did not translate into reality and now the teabaggers on this website are up in arms, unable to control their outrage that President Obama won decisively. steers emits potty humor one would expect from a middle schooler, smith is just plain off the deep end, schuman just keeps regurgitating the same misquotes and other rwtp's. if papa john wants to shut down, good for them, there are others waiting to take up the slack. hostess shutting down? not because of Obama but because they were operating a 19th century business model in the 21st century. think that companies are going to reduce hours to 29 a week? read the text of Obamacare and you will see the fallacy of that line of reasoning. the gop is going nowhere until the members are willing to experience reality instead of living in a fantasy world. the election is over and Romney, the sore looser he is, is blaming everyone but himself. He was a weak candidate, not well organized and flip flopped daily.

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  • DB SmithNovember 17, 2012 - 6:42 pm

    Mr. Lange, lighten up a little. The only ones I see up in arms are you Dem/Libs. You girls should be happy and spouting off about all the good things Bama has done and will do for you ~ unless of course you can't think of anything. You got what you wanted so why don't you start friggin enjoying it. What's the difference between a Democrat and a bucket of crap? The bucket.

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  • arnold langeNovember 17, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    smith- thank you for demonstrating my point that you indeed are off the deep end (as in mentally damaged).

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  • DB SmithNovember 17, 2012 - 7:21 pm

    Now come on Lange, I'm trying to cheer you up but you've gotta try a little too. Here's one more just for you. What's the difference between a Liberal and a puppy? A puppy stops whining when it grows up. Over and out...

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  • arnold langeNovember 17, 2012 - 7:36 pm

    mr smith: What would it take for a Republican to understand macroeconomics? Five fewer syllables

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  • James E.November 17, 2012 - 7:39 pm

    General Smith, I'm surprised you have forgotten your radio/telephone procedures. It's not "over and out," it's simply "Out."

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  • DB SmithJanuary 27, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    I was just out working in the yard while thinking about the next 2016 presidential election. I thought by golly the good guys and gals who really care about this country had better start planning well ahead of time and not wait until the last minute to come up with a presidential candidate that will bring America back from the nasty arm pit that it is in. The progressive liberal democrats were able to get a 1/2 black, Muslim, inexperienced, pot head, nobody elected and re-elected so why should it be so difficult for us to get a qualified candidate to take out the Hildabeast in 2016? My gosh, the beast and her hubby have so much garbage that I don't see how they would even consider her. It shouldn't be a hard task at all if we get organized. Just a little note that we need to start thinking about candidates that have NO GARBAGE.

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  • James E.January 27, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    DB, the governor of NJ your best bet as of January 2013. Stay away from Paul Ryan, too rigid. Oh, cannot thing of his name but the guy who was the Ambassador to China -- he would be good except not acceptable Tea/Republicans. Well, anyway, good luck. Just don't come up with a Mitt Romney again.

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  • James E.January 27, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    *** think

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  • DB SmithJanuary 27, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    Colonel, I'm not too thrilled with somebody Christie. What do you think about somebody like a Susana Martinez or a Marco Rubio?

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  • James E.January 27, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    DB, well, both are Latinos and that would appeal to that base. Hard to tell about her versus Hillary. She has limited experience and think (only my opinion) that Hillary would overwhelm her. As for Rubio he also would be young guy going against experience and would have to battle the first woman president wave. Think that in debates, only Christie (sp?) would give Hillary a run for the money. There may be a Republican dark horse out there -- who knows who that might be?

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