There’s no escape from Election 2012




Gary Gould — Managing Editor

Gary Gould — Managing Editor

No matter what you do, no matter how you try to avoid it — Election 2012 is not going to go away until Nov. 6 is over.

I’ve tried to keep it from dogging me this past year, but there’s ultimately no way to avoid the subject of politics. In my job it’s even harder to avoid political discussion because people always seem to want to know what I think because I work for a newspaper.

I don’t think it’s because they genuinely want to know what I think. It’s because they either want to start a debate or because they want to say my views are the reason I may write an article one way or another.

Honestly, I don’t like politics. There was a time when I would argue my views until I was blue in the face. But politics have become so incendiary in more recent years, I just try to avoid talking about it.

I’ve said here before I don’t necessarily prescribe to one side of the aisle or the other. I think we are given bad choices on both sides and it’s come down to figuring out who’s the lesser of two evils — at least as far as national politics go.

That’s not how the system should work. But it does.

For me it’s not just about the candidates themselves, but it’s about the media (yes, I’m talking about my peers) who has just rammed this election down our throats. Even today as the nation’s attention is turned to Hurricane Sandy churning its way along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, a natural disaster is being brought into play for how it will play a part in next week’s election. The media is already speculating what outcome the hurricane may have on the presidential election. Will people view Barack Obama in a different way? Will Mitt Romney be able to campaign in key states?

Really folks, thousands of lives are at stake here. I don’t care what the outcome of the election is, or who does what regarding the hurricane. Obama and Romney can go bag up sand and tour the devastation all they want, it means nothing to what is most important — the lives and welfare of

U.S. citizens (Democrat or

Republican).

The hurricane is just one example of how the election has seized control of everything in its path — a natural disaster on its own.

The social media is flooded with jokes about both candidates. Facebook friends are finding it necessary to overburden our news feeds with their personal opinions about who’s the better candidate or the attempts at humor when trying to make the candidate they don’t like look bad.

Here at the paper it’s the daily bulk emails from supporters of one candidate or the other either praising their guy, or berating the other guy. I must delete dozens of political e-mails daily — all of them from people in places like Texas, California and even from as far away as Vietnam.

Please just make it all go away! I rejoice only in the fact the election is five days away and then once everything is counted it will all die down for awhile — until of course we get to do it all over again four years from now. I, for one, can’t wait!

ggould@mihomepaper.com


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