With every campaign there are sore losers, but it seems that this time a lot of people just can’t seem to bury the hatchet. Some people take politics very seriously and their lives are taken over by the news, the latest polls (I admit to a bad case of ‘pollitis’…fortunately there’s the American series of ‘Homeland’ which has captured my attention), and panel debates where pundits or “talking heads” try to analyze, predict, second-guess and criticize their opponent’s candidate. This leads to a build up of passions and anger which are hard to abate and it seems like our lives are taken over by politics…it has become an addiction (‘Politics Anonymous Anyone?’) All of these pent up emotions reached a crescendo on election night and since then millions of Americans (some in my family) have been going through withdrawal symptoms…cold turkey (no allusion to Thanksgiving!). Here are some examples:
1. A Woman in Arizona got so angry that her husband hadn’t voted that she ran over him with the family SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)! She just couldn’t understand why her husband wasn’t more involved in politics. Her husband is recuperating in the hospital….Maybe they should turn off the news and get a life (especially as the woman is expecting…!)
2. A California woman was fired after posting a hateful and threatening message against President Obama on her Facebook page. She was followed by hundreds of ‘Tweets’ who supported her vindictive message (there were also thousands who protested it). She was subsequently fired from her Cold Stone Creamery job and is now being investigated by the Secret Service.
3. Not only did the country vote almost 50/50 for or against Barack Obama, but some families were also split down the middle as this picture indicates (desperate housewives neighborhood really exists!).
4. You think Catalonia and Spain have problems? Several states have submitted petitions to withdraw from the union in a massive secession drive. Thus far, petitions have been filed on behalf of 20 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. he petitions have been submitted through the White House’s “We the People” website, which aims to give “all Americans a way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them.” Sorry but you have to be a citizen to sign a petition…
5. A Montana legislator, Jerry O’Neil, a Republican just reelected in his northern Montana district, has asked the State Legislature to pay his public salary in gold and silver coins because of his lack of faith in the U.S. dollar due to the rising deficit and economic crisis. He claims that the government is obligated to back their currency with gold. He hasn’t received a reply yet. Perhaps this is the reason for the rise in the price of gold.
6.Tempers flared in the streets of Jackson, Mississippi as Ole Miss students from the University of Mississippi let their anger be heard as they burned Obama-Biden signs during an election night riot.
7. Mitt Romney blamed his election loss on the gifts that Obama promised to bestow upon the poor and the middle class (probably true but not very politically correct to pronounce right after an election when there were gifts to be had on each side).
8. And the media…well the list goes on. Hopefully Thanksgiving will bring a little bit of peace and tranquility to America…at least until the next election or football game!