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End of Days

This crazy ride we call election season is almost over, but can we count on anything really changing when it's done?

What’s that old saying?

“If you can’t say anything nice, write a political ad?”

Actually, I’ve been silent for these lo weeks because I really didn’t have much nice or constructive to say about the upcoming election.

But as we’ve come closer to the day (Thank your deity here), it’s become clearer and clearer that the result of Tuesday will be … absolutely nothing.

It’s not going to matter who wins in the final votes. It doesn’t matter which controversial proposition is approved by voters. In the end, half of us will continue to distrust the other half, characterizing those on the right as “rich-only-in-it-for-themselves-pseudo-racists” and the folks on the left as “hippie-heal-the-world-wealth-distributing-socialists.”

And for all the hatred, lies, exaggerations and outright distractions, we’ll still be faced with the same problems we had before: No one willing to work with the other because they’re afraid of the consequences of being labeled a traitor to the cause.

Look at the hell Chris Christie caught this week as he praised the efforts of President Barack Obama in response to Hurricane Sandy. He didn’t do anything more than say that the President had come to the aid of his state, and was working to help. And yet, there’s Rupert Murdoch threatening him on Twitter that if Mitt Romney loses the election, it’ll be his fault.

Sigh.

This election has taken a heavy emotional toll on so many of us. It has been so negative. Nearly every ad – whether on my TV, on my radio or stuffed in my mailbox (and there’s been a lot of those) – is negative. Republicans attacking Democrats. Democrats attacking Republicans. Democrats attacking Democrats. Republicans attacking Republicans. No one wants to be seen as soft, so they attack, attack, attack.

And that’s not even counting the never-ending blitz of ads for California’s endless supply of propositions. Every one of them is predicting the end of the world if it is or is not passed.

My absolute favorite ones are the ones that are attacking the unions, and how they’re the cause of this mess. Yes, let’s blame the unions. The teachers, civil servants and workers who are just looking to get the most they can while they can … those people?

It’s funny, when a corporate CEO gets the most he can, including multi-million dollar parachute buyouts after failing; it’s just the cost of doing business. But the people who teach our students, make sure fires are put out and work to put food in the stores, they’re greedy for trying to protect their pensions.

Look, I understand the cynicism and anger toward Proposition 30 and federal health care reform. No one wants to see more of their money going to the government.

But the truth of the matter is, we’re already paying for much of these programs in different ways.

I think back to this past summer, and “Papa” John Schnatter claiming pizza prices would go up 14 cents to comply with the federal health care mandate that Romney wants to repeal. Fourteen whole cents for that kid making your pizza to get that cough or infected sore checked out? A bargain.

And how much are you already paying to help your child’s school. My son started school this year, and the fundraisers are non-stop. We have weekly smoothie drives, a jog-a-thon, donations sought to go on their first field trip (including a fee for me to drive myself to go volunteer at the event). Oh, and there’s the pressure from the school for students to make up absences by going to school on Saturday. Because the schools need to squeeze every penny of that average daily attendance funding.

Yeah, I know. I’m being flippant. These are serious issues that are going to affect generations to come, including my son. And I’m just another one of those Huff-Post-liberal-biased-media-member. Save your virtual breath.

In actuality, I’m just a beaten-down-half-shell of a man who’s tired of watching his country explode in a partisan battle of semantics.

So, go vote Tuesday. Maybe it’ll help this time. Not holding my breath.

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Stamford Bridge November 04, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I haven't heard anybody attack teachers, only teacher unions. Those are two very different things, but I don't expect somebody like yourself to understand that... The reason why you're done with the election, is because Romney is going to win. All the polls suggest a large Romney win, including Pennsylvania... I know, it's easier to say, I don't really care anyways.....When you're getting your ass kicked...
Dave Zaccagnino November 04, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I'm right with you, Bill. It really doesn't matter who and which propositions win on Tuesday because both this state and country are DOOMED. As I wrote on The Patch about two or three weeks ago, we're spiraling down the abyss with absolutely no light at the end of the tunnel. I wish I was 90 and my days truly numbered so I wouldn't have to deal with the chaos and mayhem that almost all of us younger than 90 will have to deal with in the coming decades. What a shame.......
Stamford Bridge November 04, 2012 at 07:01 PM
@ Dave- Go easy good fella...It ain't so bad.
Vito Spago November 05, 2012 at 02:51 AM
How about rioting in the city if Obama loses. That ought to be a significant change. I am going to watch if the national guard goes on alert in LA on Tues Nov, 6.
Robert Corona November 05, 2012 at 03:53 AM
What happen to the Lotto? wasn't that suppose to take care of the school problem? Kinda like prop R was suppose to take care of the transportation problems? Now they have prop J? Tax, tax, tax.... I voted NO on 30 and 38. Its never going to end, if you don't stop it now.
beta blue November 06, 2012 at 12:16 AM
"And for all the hatred, lies, exaggerations and outright distractions, we’ll still be faced with the same problems we had before: No one willing to work with the other because they’re afraid of the consequences of being labeled a traitor to the cause." Harry Reid rips Mitt Romney’s bipartisan claim: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83231.html Revenge Or Love Of Country: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShdiYQ1EHvA thanks for clarifying things for me...now i know who will get my vote tomorrow

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