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People we have elected to represent us get sucked into a corruptible political system once they are elected. The promises they made and the character they showed to get there fade fast. The newly-elected now must please not only their constituents, but their party and lobbyists. (Not in that order.)

They learn the taste of authority and influence, and to expect the perks that their positions bring to them.  It’s heady. It’s stressful. It’s addictive. It requires walking fine lines and calculation: How much resistance to show the other party? How much support to lend to the other party? Can I fudge on my expenses just this once? Can I take that all-expense paid trip the lobbyist is offering without anyone finding out about it? How much will the voters forget by the next election?

Moves are calculated for the most advantage to the politician, the party, and lobbyists. And it becomes a never-ending cycle of calculation and gearing up for the next election.

What once seemed like a “calling,” is now a business venture. No moves are made spontaneously or from a passion to do what is right or needed.

The public hopes that the decisions the politician makes will have their best interests in mind. As time goes on and few decisions are in their favor, people become angry and frustrated. But, they remain hopeful that the next bill or policy will be favorable to them and will be fair and reasonable.

When more time passes without that happening, people are still somewhat hopeful, but become skeptical that the government and their representative is working on their behalf. As even more time goes by, hope dies and people become resigned, or even apathetic, to the scant attention to their needs and desires.

We’ve seen it happen over and over.  We don’t have to worry about taxation without representation. We have to be concerned about representation that is calculating and self-serving.

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Some stories I’ve read seem right on target. This election was not a referendum against Obama. It was not a go-ahead signal to the Republicans to do what they want to do. It was a strong voice for the government to get to work and do something productive.

I believe we all want to have both sides come together and work as one for the betterment of the United States and its people. This hasn’t been the case for many years.

Why does this have to be such a struggle? Why does it have to be Them and Us every year? It’s discouraging that our elected officials in government cannot work together in compromise and for what is best for the nation.

The mean attacks. Misinformation. Inability to communicate in a meaningful way with other people of different beliefs. Arrogance. Cluelessness. Greed. Desire for power. Death threats and murder to anyone who thinks in a different way. And, more — are manifested everyday by our government officials and citizens. All of this diminishes us as a country, and has diminished us as a society.

Why can we get so excited and enraged about half truths, yet the bigger truth behind it all is that we are a country divided and fighting itself barely registers and causes concern?

Interestingly, we do see cycles. We have seen the beginning and end of terrible things done to innocent people. We are in another cycle. But this one is not so clearly outlined. Damage is being inflicted that could be lasting. When the cycle ends, I wonder if we will still be standing as a nation? As a society?

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I think I’m going to have to stop reading the paper and keeping up with what is happening in the U.S. It’s getting depressing.

Besides Mitch McConnell saying he is going to focus on getting Obama out in 2012, there is a story about three of the Iowa Supreme Court judges being thrown out by voters because of their ruling in favor of gay marriage. Someone said that with special interests and people giving money to oppose rulings they don’t like that the message has become “justice is for sale.”

Years ago, I hardly knew anything more than the President’s name. I voted all the time, but issues didn’t seem to bother me as they do now. I was pretty much ignorant of what was going on and I remember that it didn’t make me unhappy. I trusted that everything in government was running without my attention.

The first notice I began taking of politics was when Newt Gringrich promoted his Contract with America and the terrible way Clinton was being prodded and poked when he was doing a good job. That’s when I first donated money to the Democratic Party. Gringrich scared me. Out of fear for him continuing to influence political decisions, I paid attention to what was happening in the news. This is when I had a long commute for work. The drive each way was 1-1/2 hours so there was plenty of time to listen to the news on the radio.

Out of all the uncertainties and questions I have now is if the Republicans want Obama out, who would they suggest instead: Palin? Rand Paul? Glenn Beck?

God. I’m scared again.

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After the long process and high tension of the election, I feel drained. And, kind of depressed. Probably the combination of emotions is caused from missing  the stimulation of daily news and crises and worrying about the post-voting consequences. There is a sense of rising anxiety over the forward direction in the case of the future president and in the passing of Proposition 8.

With the hopes, dreams and expectations of so many being voiced, I don’t see how Obama can meet them all. He hasn’t even gotten into office and is behind the curve of public expectations. Plus, there are people who are already taking serious issue against some of Obama’s beliefs — whether they truly know them or not. Will he have a chance to make changes with this type of pressure coming at him from different places?

In time, I believe gay people will be given the same civil rights that everyone else enjoys. But, it’s difficult to visualize just how they will get to that point. It seems all their battle tactics carry some type of backlash consequences. Furthermore, the gay opposition doesn’t have a real leader. It appears they have no cogent overall plan to attain their rights. Maybe these shortcomings will soon be remedied.

In both cases, opposition was born from a spontaneous expression of social unrest. We, the troops, are formed up and ready to follow. It will take a strong leader, respected by all,  to guide us through the long war that is bound to ensue.

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A couple of days after the election and there is talk of the Obama’s being the new Kennedys.

Not that I have a problem with that. It’s that there’s always a tendency to find a similarity somewhere in history, so we can grasp our present condition.

The present isn’t completely allowed to speak for itself. But, it’s comforting to know that the similarity is a positive one. Maybe looking back and comparing helps many of us accept what is now.

Although, history or not, some are not accepting. One friend mentioned “mourning” the outcome of the election. Then said the bright spot in the days following the election was that Prop. 8 passed.  I’m pretty sure that there are a multitude of good people who feel this way.

Yet, it’s ironic. We have finally accepted and voted for a leader from a group overcoming discrimination, and then voted to discriminate against another group. Why do we do this? Who’s in and who’s out?

Looking back again in history for a similarity — Is anyone reminded of those boys who cobbled together a clubhouse out of cardboard and painted a “NO GIRLS ALLOWED” sign on the door flap? Or the country clubs who have written “no Jews allowed” into their policies? So many other examples can be brought to mind, as well, ranging from the banal to horrific.

Again one must wonder, why did we do this? Why do we continue to do it?

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Today, I read an account in the paper of a woman who, because of the election, suffers. She has anxiety, and near panic. She can’t sleep. She spends her time on the computer reading election polls and news items about the election. This is me I thought!

Then, I read she is a Republican.

This gave me food for thought. Could Republicans be so terrified of Obama? And, if they are, I’m guessing the couple of years of the forwarded email about Obama being a threat to America — a Muslim with Muslim schooling and a Muslim name — may have led to this feeling of terror.

And, there has to be credit given to Palin for her contribution about Obama “pallin’ around with terrorists.”

Obama recognizes that people have been subjected to “politics that would divide a nation just to win an election; that tries to pit region against region, city against town, Republican against Democrat; that asks us to fear at a time when we need hope.”

If Obama wins, I hope that people will soon lose their fears about him. I want to see this country united again. I hate feeling that a mention of one party or another may cause anger to enter into a conversation or a relationship — even between family members.

Please, dear God, let it be as Obama has said: “We are ONE nation.”

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How is it possible for a candidate to lie, exaggerate, and exhibit bizarre actions and still be in the running?

With almost 83-90 percent (depending on the poll) of our country saying we are on the wrong track, how can there be such a close presidential contest when one of the candidates is almost a carbon copy of Bush?

Every poll says Obama is ahead. Yet, words of caution always follow. It’s too early (11 days to go) to count McCain out. Really?

His campaign has considerably less money than Obama’s, hasn’t been able to focus on a consistent message, has a vice president with a big question mark, and is managed chaotically.  But, news sources say he can turn things around and win the election?

Unbelievable.

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