Thursday, October 25, 2012

Are we there yet? A weary liberal's take on Election 2012


s/o to @CarolynEdgar who gave me this post idea with her blog this morning-

There's no way to prettify the truth - I'm over Election 2012. Way over it. I've donated, I've blogged, I've tweeted, I've assisted at Get Out The Vote rallies, I've volunteered on phone banks, I've already voted and I pledged to drive folks twice next week and on Election Day to the polls. I'm done.

Maybe it's just me but I haven't seen this level of frenzy and outrage and pathos and hyperbole before. And it's been at this fever pitch for months on end. Every day some new outrageous thing happens to whip us up. Every hour some new poll, some pundit, someone grasping for attention says something, does something and the spin begins yet again.

I've watched the debates (I scored them Team Obama 3, Team Other Guy 1), I've read the articles, I've seen the interviews, the posters, the pictures, the t-shirts. I've shaken my head at the commercials and I've been stunned speechless by the audacity of privilege.

I've stopped responding to rampantly racist emails, tweets and facebookery. Nothing I say is going to stop someone with years of ignorance from doing what they want in less than two weeks. I've (unfortunately) had to unsubscribe from most of the email from the Dems and progressives. Because I've used different email accounts, I can get fifteen emails asking me to give a little, sign something, make a call, show my support. Enough. (Though I did save the email from Maya Angelou, I mean come on - it's Maya Angelou!)

I've given up the news. Yesterday was my last straw. The rich idiot with the bad hair who shall not be named as well as the former VP candidate whose entire family needs to have several sides tipped me over the edge. It seems the best way to call attention to yourself is to say something so outlandishly offensive about the sitting President that media outlets can't help but cover it.

Good on them. I'm done, son. And there's a name for this. Election fatigue ya'll. I've hit the wall. Yes, I've gotten weary on the journey. It's not that I no longer care.  It's that this is a long-assed road trip, I'm getting car sick, the scenery sucks and I'm ready to reach the destination already. Come what may. 

Who feels me?

25 comments:

Fleur DeLissy said...

I completely agree with you.  It's become exhausting. Yet just when I say I'm throwing up my hands, something crazy happens that I just have to research and find out about.  Unfortunately, I don't think Nov. 6 will be the end of it. Unless the POTUS wins by a landslide, I think there will be demands for recounts, etc.. It will be Gore all over again.  In the name of all that's holy, I hope we don't have to endure this mess dragged out like that. I imagine that would be worse than what we're going through right now.

CaliGirlED said...

Chele I definitely feel you! I'm not very political nor am I into long road trips. Beyond 6 hours and I start to feel tortured. So this election campaign has been like a cross country road trip in the back seat of a pick up truck with a 2nd row, not suitable for adult legs.

Just want to vote and be done! Obama is not perfect but Romney and nem don't give a tootin bout me and my kind (Black, female, almost middle class). So that's that!

GrownAzzMan said...

I am with you on each and every point. This one cracked me up, 

"I've (unfortunately) had to unsubscribe from most of the email from the Dems and progressives. Because I've used different email accounts, I can get fifteen emails asking me to give a little, sign something, make a call, show my support. Enough. (Though I did save the email from Maya Angelou, I mean come on - it's Maya Angelou!)"

ClayJones said...

I've been over it. The one thing I wish is that Romney-Ryan would just come out and say "Vote for us because we're not that Black Socialist Muslim" - just come out with it already. I'd have so much more respect for them.

thinklikeRiley said...

Ladies better guard your uteri (uteruses? Lady parts?), ReThugs coming for them. Won't be happy until they have you in the kitchen with a chastity belt on.

blackprofessor said...

Raises hand! I voted on Monday and I am not watching anything election related on TV or reading anything election related in the news.  I have noticed that I have a lot more time now that I have quit politics, lol!

GrownAzzMan said...

Isn't that in their platform? I thought I saw it but maybe it was just me...

GrownAzzMan said...

I wish I could do that but I'm and addict so...

Cheryl Terry said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Enough already, all there is left to do is pray because as we've seen, these fools will stop at nothing for the win.

Brendadc said...

I agree with this. I work for a tv station so the fatigue is like tenfold. I'm glad I unsubscribed from the Democrats' email list early on in the election season. Too many emails!

Trey Charles said...

A lot of people feel the same way. The line to early vote yesterday in Plano was considerable. Based on the head bops and secret "let's do this" eye exchange with "folks" I think the turnout is a good mix. We'll see.

Javalicious said...

Stealing "facebookery"
And cosigning!

Mo said...

I'm a political junkie, but  I'm tapped out.  I do not have cable TV,  so I do not have to deal with the pundits. Print media is no expection, Wapo  & NYT always have an hyperbole article, never misses. November 6th can not come soon enough.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Maya Angelou's email.

Mo said...

I hate to put this out in the world, I can't put rigging election past these guys, especially with the electoral vote math getting complicated. Forbes published an article  on how most of  voting machines are owned by Gov. Romney supporters,  as matter of fact, major donors.

bashowell said...

I am so sick of this election stuff.  I feel like we're just one step away from actual white hoods and burning crosses.  The fact that it's an even match has me side eyeing everyone who's not brown (and even some of them are suspect). And as for all those emails sheesh.  My friends and I were talking about those emails yesterday and I wrote this to one of them in response:

You can send me all these emails
You can even dot your “I’s”
But please don’t send me eight a day
Because my ire will surely rise
 
I never write you these
Says Beyonce or King Bey
“Sure” I scoff and hit delete
Until another day
 
“Hey” you said, the other night
Right after the debate
Obeezy we gon’ have to fight
Cuz these emails I’m fixin’ to hate
 
I gave you five dollars
Maybe once or twice
And I just wanna holler
I guess I was too damn nice
 
So please Mr. O.
I really like you and I’d rather have you win
But I’m telling you no
Don’t ask for money again

AminataB said...

As someone that enjoys political discourse, I've been disengaged from the election this year.  In 2008, I read every news article, reworked electoral maps ad nauseam, volunteered to help the Obama campaign (in a very red state) and participated in various political events in my area, etc. But now...I skim the news, went to gym instead of watching the debates (I did catch some of the recaps) and I change the channel whenever political ads air on television. In short, I'm a self described political junkie that's become almost apathetic to the 2012 elections.

Chele, like you I'm just weary. I don't think the POTUS will win the election and I would prefer to see Jill Stein as the next President (which will happen on opposite day).

AminataB said...

I had a discussion about this with a friend of mine a few months ago and he brought something interesting to my attention about this topic. The issue of reproductive rights really has nothing to do with women of color. Statistically, white women use birth control at a higher rate than  Black and Hispanic women. This year was the first time in history (of course not including when Europeans initially settled in the US) that there were more children of color born than white children in the United States. ( http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-05-17/minority-births-census/55029100/1).

That statistic and the growing number of Hispanics has induced fear in many and has led to the push to underfund planned parenthood, control abortion and limit access to birth control.

Can't have a Brown America.

Thoughts?

Marioned said...

I am with you on being done!  I have done my part and as one friend said"I just want to wake up and it's November 7th and over!  I think not only the duration and intensity of the election but for 2008 we are more vested so we feel it more.  In passed elections(except 2008) we cared but it was the lesser of two evils.  In one way I am glad to care and be vested more in the process, in the other way STICK A FORK IN ME!!!

Cheryl Terry said...

 Exactly Mo, I don't know how that is flying. So many inappropriate things have transpired during this Presidency that has been swept under the rug and folks aren't held accountable. Mouthing off then in some cases offering flimsy apologies...all unacceptable behaviors & disrespect to the position of Commander & Chief. It is evident to all with an ounce of intelligence, that the fact that we have an intelligent, unwavering, articulate black man in charge, is way too much for them to handle.

EvolvingElle said...

Ma'am, you took the words right out of my mouth.  I've been ready for November 7 since September.  I don't think I've ever seen a race so close.  And that sad part is that in a country that prides itself on being a melting pot, you have so many people who dislike our POTUS for the simple fact of how he looks.  Not because he's a bad person or because he hurt someone or because he stole something.  Just because he's Black.  As a political scientist (according to my dad), I normally enjoy campaign season.  But this year has been too much.  And can we tell D.T. to have PLENTY of seats???

EvolvingElle said...

Well, d*mn...

invectiva said...

"stunned speechless by the audacity of privilege"  <-- This all day. Every damn day. For weeks.

If RMoney wins this election we are totally jacked. :/

Eshe said...

I'm so ready for the election to be over, I don't know what to do. I'm especially tired of the 1,001 Obama campaign HQ emails asking for more, more, more money - just $3 more dollars... just $5 more dollars - and I still haven't gotten my damn bumper sticker yet (just sayin'). Then, there are all the emails from the NAACP, DNC, this group and that group that are FLOODING my inbox, pushing this agenda or that agenda. I didn't even read the email from Maya Angelou before deleting it, but I don't feel bad because I've read everything else she's ever written since discovering "Caged Bird" in the 4th grade. She's black royalty, but I'm out of gas - I have nothing left. November 6th can't get here fast enough! Come, King Jesus, tarry no longer!

MsJamie14 said...

It literally took 8 months, but I finally got my bumper sticker last week.

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

I'm not even an American, and I'm  tired. I'm ever so glad Jamaica's elections were held last December and not in 2012, as was expected. I don't think I could deal with election headaches back to back. >_<

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