Years ago, during the Reagan administration, I was sitting in my mother in law's living room watching one of the Sunday morning political gasbag shows. Back then I was hooked on these shows, and I was also hooked on reading all the OP-ED pages of each newspaper that I read. I had been doing this for quite a while, thinking that I would gain some nuanced aspects of the political issues that were current.
The Mrs and her mom were making cookies in the kitchen and I can't remember what was said or by who, but I started yelling at the TV, and I cursed a lot as I yelled. My MIL came into the room and said "you know, they can't hear you but we can, now turn the TV off and come in to the kitchen and have a nice warm cookie". I went in, had a cookie and we all laughed at me for getting so angry at an idiot on TV.
That was the beginning of the end for me getting angry over politics and political opinions. I still, from time to time, watch one of those Sunday morning shows, and still will read an opinion piece, but now I watch and read to see how these things are trying to manipulate the story or issue. I rip them apart and get to the nitty gritty of it all. And what I have found is that it is all just bullshit so someone can get paid. And as far as I am concerned, I will not be pushed into getting angry over any of it.
Do I still get angry at times?
Yep, but now I have a process to get over it and move on. I make fun of the gasbags, I chuckle at the anger and vitriol, because if I didn't do that I have just ruined my day.
We have a little over two weeks to go and we all get to vote. And this is where we get to choose who we want to become the next leaders to bring us forward as a nation.
I will again being working at a polling station, a new one, and I will work at making it a good and easy election day for every voter. Just like every other person who took on the job of working at the polls to make our election work well. I trust our process. I do not trust those who want to tear it down.
Now, if you are voting, you also have a job to do, stand in line, talk to each other, and enjoy the process, and respect those other voters for taking the time to do the right thing. You may not agree with their politics, or their party, but they deserve the same respect you want.
To everyone who will be voting, I just want to say 'thank you for voting'. By voting you make our country strong and vibrant, no matter what comes our way.
Now, don't get angry, or get even, get to the polls and vote and know that you did the right thing for yourself and your country. After that, you can be mad, sad or glad.
Me, I will just be glad that we again have done what we need to do, vote.