I have been feeling nostalgic of late, especially since Barack Obama has finally transformed into the president I always hoped he would be. This post takes us back to the 2012 presidential election, which I watched, largely, on Facebook. There is no better reality television. I loved some of the status updates so much, I decided to save many of them and arrange them into a top ten list. I added commentary where I felt appropriate. I hope you enjoy this unorthodox stroll down memory lane with me:
10) “I really am nervous right now. I have lots of anxiety. I don’t know how to take it all…I feel that we need to be respectful to each other though. If someone says something that offends you ignore it, and respect their opinion. WE NEED TO BE UNITED!!!!! If we are united, we will not fall!!!”
First, overly dramatic is the least of the problems with this post. The biggest issue is advice to ignore something offensive because we should respect someone’s opinion. I am all for respecting opinions, but there is a difference between respectful opinions and hateful speech.
9) “Well my candidate didn’t win but at least I am still an American. I love this country we are so blessed.”
Probably the most sensible post I saw from either side. Although I rarely communicate with this guy, I am proud to say he’s a Facebook friend with that kind of civility.
8) “Not sure I’m ready for the OBAcalypse. Ok…I’ll try to stop talking about politics now! All we can do now is pray that things do improve, and get ourselves prepared for whatever happens!”
Has anyone noticed the theme so far? That’s right, overuse of the exclamation point. Don’t worry, it will continue. As for this post, how have things not been improving? How many months of continuous job growth have we had? Go ahead; I’ll wait for you to look it up. OK, that will take too long. As of December 2014 it is 55 consecutive months.
7) “I’m sorry about posting anything political, but how can people say that everybody’s vote counts, if they name the new president when some states are only 10% in.”
This is a perplexing question, no doubt. Well, it has to do with trends but also exit polls. As long as those polls have margins of error small enough, they can make an accurate call. Don’t worry, every vote will be counted. The real problem is the obsolete Electoral College.
6) “Does the popular vote count for anything?”
Not really. See previous comment.
5) “One last thought, and trolls say what you want. 49% of Americans are not happy with the current administration, I wouldn’t call that a very great victory.”
Trolls? What are you talking about? I am an Ogre. Seriously, though, if I were Barack Obama, my response to that would be, “I am still the president.” This illogical argument would be like someone saying that the Steelers’ four-point win over the Cardinals in Super Bowl 43 wasn’t a very great victory. Hello, they are still Super Bowl Champions.
4) “In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
‘A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.
‘The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.’”
You may commence puking. I did. There is too much to get into here, but if you need help, let me know.
3) “‘For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people, and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction’ (Helaman 5:2). That’s about how I feel right now. I can hardly believe that so many people voted for Obama given his dismal record these last four years, his constant lies, and his divisiveness. So either people were fooled by him or they have bought into the ideology that we can all get free stuff by taking from somebody else. Neither scenario is good.”
At least two people posted this scripture on my news feed. Seriously? Now we’re all evil and President Obama is a constant liar. And where is all this free stuff? Oh, and, yes, you can puke again.
2) “Congratulations, America! It’s still a democracy! And would have been the other way as well! It’s like magic!”
No commentary necessary.
And the number one status update on the night of the 2012 presidential election was …
1) “It’s happening people!!! Keep holding your breath… holy cow.”
Early in the evening, when 16 electoral votes had been awarded, giving Mittens a 13 – 3 lead, the above status appeared in my news feed. It didn’t last.
Sadly, he deleted this status, so I was unable to copy one of the comments that said something about “tingling.”
And now for the honorable mentions, any one of which I could have placed anywhere in the top ten:
“Obama= the first president to be re-elected that actually did not keep any of his promises that he promised 4 years ago. Its unbelievable. Just shows how smart some Americans are. It will take 30 years to recover from these 8! Or we may never recover. We are going to be owned by China before then.”
Do I really need to list off all the promises he did keep as well as the ones he did not keep only because of the way Republicans blocked him?
“I can’t believe he got elected once as President, but twice? Seriously unbelievable. Americans have hit a new low as to what is expected to be the President of the United States.”
One person responded to this status with the following: “It’s the beginning of the end!” So what does that say about his first being elected?
“Just trying to decide if [name removed] and I should both quit our jobs and hop on the Obama ‘gravy train’ to start getting our free hand outs now, or wait until another 4 years until he’s spent another couple of trillion dollars that he doesn’t have to break this (used to be great) country…”
Go for it. Quit those jobs and see how hard it is to get assistance let alone live off of it.
“To all the people saying that they’re moving to Canada…. enjoy their universal healthcare.”