I gather that, regardless of our individual political leanings, most of us are glad to have Election Day behind us.
This has been a stressful time for our nation and its citizens as we’ve nearly wrestled each other to the ground for power. Personally, the raw nerves and ugly behavior displayed in past months have had me gobbling Tums like movie popcorn.
I have close friends and family members at both extremes of the political spectrum and in every gradation in between. Nowhere is this more evident than on Facebook. While I have personal connection to—and fondness for—each one of my 147 Facebook friends, the reality is that there are as many flaming liberals as there are arch conservatives, each living true to his or her values. I like having a rich diversity of friendships. After all, life would be painfully boring if we surrounded ourselves only with those who look, sound and think as we do.
It is for this reason that, while I do disclose my political orientation in my Facebook profile, I deliberately refrain from spilling forth my political views from the Facebook platform. This takes a good deal of restraint on my part. The reason for the restraint is that I do not wish to upset or offend my friends the way some do me when they post politically and emotionally charged judgments from their Status boxes. Thankfully, we live in a free country, and we are fortunate to have the right to express ourselves as we choose. But, as someone who abhors conflict, especially among friends, I prefer to avoid it. And gobble antacids.
However, I do wish to list the top reasons I am glad Decision 2010, or whatever your network calls it, is behind us.
- No more robo-calls at inopportune times
- No more mudslinging political ads souring my evening television comedy or morning news
- No more bulky flyers in the mailbox
- No more need for conflict avoidance on Facebook
- No more, or at least, I hope, fewer, mispronunciations of the word “pundit” by smart, well-paid broadcasters.
It’s pundit, folks, not pundint. One n.
Now let’s move on. Kumbaya.