Later today we will have voted--some have already done so. The phone calls (thankfully) will stop and the massive mailings will no longer show up in our mailboxes. Unfortunately, we will then have to listen to the winners crow about their victory and the losers cry about how the election was stolen from them. But, it will be over--maybe.
Every election in recent memory has brought out the 'nasty' in a lot of people, but this one defies all understanding--and I don't know how we, as a country, will recover. The level that a whole lot of people have gone to to vilify 'the other guy' is mind boggling. And it just isn't on the national, front page/TV show/radio stage, either. We saw the depths of hatred in our own neighborhoods, among our own families and friends--whether on Facebook, Twitter, or in person. From what I understand, friendships have fallen by the wayside and families have been broken by this election. And I am appalled by some of the things I have heard/seen.
I can't imagine what went on in people's minds to do the rude, petty, and downright mean things that happened. For example, one thing that I saw on the interwebs really described the entire election in one grand example:
One day I was doing a bit of surfing when I came across a blog post by a woman who I do not know. She posted a picture of her dog using the neighbor's yard as a bathroom--an offense that is punishable in many municipalities, by the way. Next to the dog doing its thing was a political sign of a candidate this woman didn't like. In her post, with malicious glee, she said (paraphrased), "And even the dog knows (candidate) is crappy!"
Just when did we get to this point and where do we go from here? I fear for all of us if we don't change, and soon. The world just doesn't make a whole lot of sense anymore.