I love to write – blog posts, thank you notes, journal entries, you name it. I even love to write descriptions of my real estate listings when it’s time to publish brochures for an open house.
And yet, this election cycle has put me in a state of “expression suspension.” I’m still writing copy for glossy handouts and, yes, I’m forever writing thank you notes, lest my mother and grandmother strike me down from the heaven above. But writing in my journal and writing new blog posts have become extremely difficult and I know exactly why: I am suspended in time waiting for this presidential election to come to an end.
Ignoring CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and every other political news outlet doesn’t help because, at this point in the process, there are television ads on every channel and every possible website.
My mailbox is filled everyday with newsletters, flyers, postcards and other pleas. Here in San Francisco, there are more items on the local ballot this year than in the last seven years combined.
The state of California has additional measures that are wreaking havoc on the environment through production of even more yard signs, mailers and door hangers.
All to no affect. Because the State of California not only allows for absentee balloting, but has also approved early voting – and I am an early voter. In my younger days, I loved going to a polling place in my neighborhood to stand in line and mark my choices. But after missing one election due to a case of the flu that prevented me from leaving my bed, I made the decision to sign up to receive absentee ballots in the future.
So, my mailbox may fill to the brim with political propaganda, but it is all wasted paper on a voter who has already done her civic duty.
Until now, I have actually enjoyed the exciting weeks prior to almost any election. I love the sport of politics, both locally and nationally, and have always respected the democratic process.
We live in an incredible country with checks and balances and the promise of a peaceful transition of power after an election is over. Unfortunately, while we still have that policy in place, we don’t have a candidate who respects the concept. We’re being threatened by a presidential candidate who claims he will not accept the will of the people or election results that don’t declare him the winner.
That is why I feel suspended. I am simply exhausted from polls that seem to be released every ten minutes and can be skewed in fifty different ways. On any particular morning, the Democratic candidate can be up by five points, followed by an afternoon report declaring the Republican candidate is up two points.
I am waiting. I would usually say I am waiting patiently. But in this case, that would be a lie. I simply want this to be over – and I don’t think I am alone.
How do you feel? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the Comments section below.