A Post Election Analysis and the Missing Apocalypse

That this is written before tonight's results are actually in, is irelevant. I already know the outcome and feel privileged to be able to give you a heads up. This is what I would have written tomorrow morning if I were not sharing it with you now. For those of you inclined to doubt my ability to read tomorrow, today, you need simply measure my revealed accuracy upon the 'morrow.

I woke this morning with the usual fear and trembling which follows every Election Day. I gathered myself and my trepidation, made my way to the door and began to examine the landscape. The sky was intact and had indeed, not fallen. The world, once again, ignored its heralded apocalypse. The doomsday, my vote was supposed to usher in, was apparently, a premature forecast meant to manipulate my private and personal decision. The “post apocalyptic election world” remained unchanged, despite continuous predictions to the contrary. A quick check of my on line bank accounts put me at ease; it remained as I had left it, in close proximity to my one vote. I realized once again, that the impending promises of doom and gloom were as empty as the faces proclaiming that my vote would crush America beneath the heal of my own stupidity. Of course, voting correctly could impede the coming of armageddon and set me on the road to recovery and riches. Obviously, according to my on line check, I voted incorrectly.

Now what! Just in case the wrath of God was actually awaiting my pious little vote, I made no plans for the rest of my life. Both parties have been assuring me for the past two years, that my vote could end the American way of life, alter my children‘s economic future, steal my retirement benefits and severely diminish my conjugal privileges. Now I’m standing in my doorway watching Chicken Little frolic in my granddaughters sand box, my wife is just as frisky as she was this time last month and I still remain involuntarily, my children’s economic future. My world, with all the good and bad that was here yesterday, is still staring at my complicit face.

I am, however, once again, excited about watching television. Finally free of the political brainwashing which has been levied upon my apparently, insufficient mind. Back to corporate ads, vying for my few miserable discretionary dollars. I am actually looking forward to catching up on current advances from “The Scooter Store, to see what's new from the wonderful world of “Viagra” and if “Bud Lite” has gotten any lighter.

Obviously, the looming catastrophe has been diverted once again.The unchanging agendas of both parties will reveal a new menace, which they will in turn assign to the opposition, chicken little will start pulling our strings and the puppeteers will again, unleash their disciples upon a dubious America. The victorious puppeteer will feed us a daily dose of good news. He or she will proclaim that all is well regardless of the evidence. A new opposing puppeteer will arise to replace the vanquished. He or she will feed us a daily dose of bad news, regardless of the evidence and we will debate the virtues of both until Election Day comes again.

Although this rant implies a cynical view of elections and our precarious vote, I think both were masterminded to insure the foundation of our way of life and this republic. What really riles me is the attempt by politicians to alienate “we the people” from one another by instilling adversarial and unwarranted exaggerations in order to grow a constituency with no other purpose than to win election from fears which they themselves manufacture.

The “Post Apocalyptic Election World” is eerily the same as it was yesterday. It remains, “one big exaggerated mess” or “one glorious and evolving country”. Either way, it will find its own way in response to the judgment of its citizens and neither “Chicken Little” nor the fear mongering puppeteers have dissuaded the Election Day majority.

Despite both victor and the vanquished, in the end, “we the people” have once again prevailed. Whether my candidate won or loss, whether yours won or loss, is never the issue. In the end, we the people were victorious and that incredible and profound consequence bears an immeasurable and intrinsic beauty that begs our reflection today.

“We the people” have collectively elected. Sometimes in the aftermath, in the weighing of disappointment and celebration, we forget that it was never about you and I; It was about America. We waged an individual opinion, trusting that the collective opinions of a democracy could measure better, than you and I alone. It is a concept in which I rest, in which I trust and in which I part with my stubborn will, in homage to those that did the same. Regardless of how my individual vote was cast, I contributed to the voice of my countryman. I am thankful that they have done the same. It has kept the sky intact and insured the viability of my marriage for another four years.

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Well, Alan, it is, as usual, comforting to read your wise words about how to take the results, whatever they are, whenever we get them. It is a healthy attitude to have after all the "sound and fury," no to mention the "slings and arrows" that have flown around us for the last year.

I look forward to meeting you on the weekend.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Well, Jim selfishly took all the really good metaphors: "sound and fury" -- "slings and arrows." What then can I say? I absolutely love this...such an amalgamation.... Incredibly funny, incredibly clever, incredibly serious and well-written of course. And you are right, it is not about you or me, or even about Romney or Obama -- its about ideals and hopes and system working, imperfectly yes, but working nevertheless. And no, the sky has not fallen. An excellent post-apocalyptic analysis. Impressive. Sharing. ~~Theresa


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is the only place wehere I can vote twice! I am beginning to like what I will hear tomorrow!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

I is just after 8 in SF and the election seems to be going smoothly and Obama has been declared the winner. The most remarkable quote I heard, "regardless of who wins, I'm proud to be an American"


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Opposing Puppets from the same Puppeteer is one reviewers take on the new Presidents movie I read recently. Don't watch too much TV these days unless cajoled into watching the occasional Big Bang Theory or Family Feud by a pretty house partner; and after reading this gem i'm reminded of why the other forms of info are so much more appealing.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks Jim, we are also looking forward to getting together. Praying for good weather. Suppose to snow, oh well. See you soon.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks Theresa, Jim has the privilege of age I suppose. Age trumps the softer gender unless the softer gender is over 50. Since you are well under 50, you have to wait in line. Us old folks could expire any moment. As always Theresa, your visits are highly prized.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Ha! ha. :)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hey Martin! "It will all be o.k. in the end and if its not o.k., then its not the end!" I'm sure the Bay Area would survive any candidate, even one of their choosing.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Alastar. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I would like to be proven wrong this morning, but, I've been here before. The opposition will find the results unacceptable and begin a counter attack and their faithful legions will engage the enemy in response to anger, fear and hatred. The merry go round will go round and round and where it stops, nobody knows.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

OMG - i am laughing so hard my head hurts! You and i are on exactly the same page as MANY MANY months ago I wrote a hub called: President Obama: May i be the first to congratulate you on your second term in office"...lol

I called for a landslide victory - which in my opinion - it was!

When you get every single demographic except the 'minority' white vote - THAT'S a landslide!

I'm with ya and behind ya, my friend - as always!


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Its eerie how the same it is.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello tireless, its been awhile. Thanks for reading.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hi Leslie. Your head always hurts because you insist on just being you. If you want to get along with everybody just be what they want you to be. Be good or be you! :)


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Freeway Flyer 4 years ago

This is very refreshing to read after the past few months (or years) of election insanity. It's nice to be reminded that there are still plenty of rational people out there.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Flyer and thanks for reading. Your right about plenty of rational people out there. Problem is, it is the irrational ones who make all the racket.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

So many quotable lines in this, Alan, I'll just recommend reading it again and again and focusing on every line. The accuracy in its facts and in its spirit is enormous.

Your view on even the most controversial subjects (into which category politics so easily slips!) is assuringly level-headed, generous, wise and couched in such amusing language and interesting pathways, it makes it a pleasure to follow along!

It paints such real scenes, too - before the election, during the media coverage and the day after are all simply vividly clear and the-way-it-really-is in your post-election analysis! I had a lot of laughs reading it, but all the while, I was nodding in agreement.

I was ready to accept whichever way the voting went, with a bit of preference for the actual winner here, but with a strong belief that The President of the United States, whichever party and whichever my personal preference, deserves the utmost respect and the fullest cooperation by the other party & branches of government and the citizens of the country for which he was chosen by election to lead.

The branches are to keep balance and to eliminate too much 'political' pressure, and rather to protect the constitutional doctrines and rights it reinforces, not to be used as tools to punish & try to defeat the winner and ram political stands that were defeated in the election into effect. Cooperation between the political parties is mandatory if any of their honest claims of being FOR the country and its best interests are true. Let us hope that surly unsportsmanlike attitudes after the winner is declared aren't the underpinning of the 'everyday business' of the U.S. government for the next 4 years and that both parties will actually DO what they promised in exercising bipartisan common sense & corporation .

Hope you and Jim do get to meet this weekend, snow or no snow. But be sensible if the passes are dangerous! You should take a recorder and bring it back to share!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I meant 'cooperation' - not 'corporation'; - heaven forbid! :-)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello dear Nellieanna! I was and remain ready for the consequences of this election and will not direct fault or blame for all our problems to any single President. Our government is complicit in the problems facing us today and must be complicit in finding resolution. What an air of confidence they might instill in all of us, not to mention leadership, were they to stand side by side on t.v. and make such a proclamation. Thanks for reading and sharing such praise upon my rant.

I am going to Eugene although, the weather may slow us considerably. Looking forward to meeting Jim, face to face.

The kids found a house, made and offer and it was accepted. They are looking to move in Dec.11th. I rented a five bedroom cabin in a near by resort area for thanksgiving. I will have all my children here but, Emily who is in Bali. It is a very large house with all the ameneties so everyone will have plenty of space.

Anyway, all is well and the sky is looks sound for another 4 years. :)


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Wonderful Hub Alan...My Guy lost and that makes me Sad. I am Proud to be an American...And I Pray for our Country, and what lies ahead for our Children & Grandchildren to bare. We are a Strong Nation, and will Endure and Carry on, no matter who is in the White House.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

That's a fact, Alan; - the complicity exists, however consciously and deliberately it is or isn't, is no monopoly of any party, and we all share in it. Yes, it would demonstrate our government's wise leadership for us if they'd join forces and get it together and take back the power from the media. As b.Malin said, we ARE a strong nation and will endure if we're true to our principles. I'm optimistic. History has shown this.

Our weatherman likes to trace the weather to its source, and our next 'cold front' will be coming from the storm brewing off the Northwest Coast, which he says is forecast to produce a blizzard for your state and its neighbors. Please be careful.

Oh, it's great that your kids have their new home lined up! It's been a long wait. It will be a wonderful family Thanksgiving you've planned for all of them before that date, too.


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

In my humble opinion; faces change but the master puppeteer remains the same.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

A healthy attitude Barbara and I pray the same!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Good morning butterfly! I will tackle the snow covered pass today and emerge victorious on the other side. Hope you have an exquisite week end!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

All around the world dear one, all around the world!


Justsilvie 4 years ago

Enjoyed you hub, your logical thinking and common sense.

Voted up and shared!


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c-m-hall 4 years ago from York, Maine

arb, thank you for your insight. I enjoyed reading and could relate on so many levels. It was well written and very interesting. It also helped me understand things that I hadn't even thought about. Thank you!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you! Mine has been. Hope yours was too! I'll be happy to see you posting, post your trip. :-)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Justsilvie, thanks again for reading and the gracious comment!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

hello c-m. Appreciate the read. Notice that you are writing faster than I can read. Good for you.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hi butterfly! The wedding was crazy, eclectic and a lot of fun. Had a delightful time with Jim and his lovely wife. Fell into easy conversation and just didn't stop. The pass was easy travel but for about 8 miles of hard pack on the very top and gone by our return. Despite the holiday being observed today, I still have 2 SS appointments today. 1 is a terminal cancer patient who just got the news last week. Very sad case.

Weather is warming up and the forecast is for much rain this week, but, what do they know? Watching the post election absurdity with much interest this week. I feel a hub evolving.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I'm delighted to hear of the pleasant visit - both the wedding and with Jim and his wife! It's such a pleasure to feel that instantaneous connection that just melts time and distance! So good that the pass was pass-able! I felt sure it would be, considering your confidence in the trip.

I went to the credit union awhile ago with a small deposit, only to find they're observing Veteran's Day today. It never occurred to me, with all the celebrations over the weekend. But of course, it's customary to proclaim the Monday following such a holiday as observance of it. It was a pleasant drive anyway.

Yes, the post-election stuff is quite absurd. Seems to be the order of the day. I'm sure you'll make interesting hub(s) from it all!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I just noticed that you've been on HubPages 2 years! Congratulations, my friend! It's the better for your being here!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thank you Nellieanna, what a lovely thing to say. I see that the great state of Texas is about to secede. Supposedly, Oregon also has a petition, but, I've yet to see it. What a bunch of idiots we've become!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

My pleasure, Alan. I meant it.

But I'm not proud of my state for this absurdity and idiocy. Maybe it will 'blow over' as it has in past instances, but it's embarrassing. The secession issue & whether or not the bumpy Republic of Texas in the mid-1800s reserved that right as its condition for being annexed as a state of the U.S. - has popped up from time to time during my lifetime, and it ever comes across (to me) as a juvenile threat, like a kid who has a tantrum when it didn't get its way.

I love my state, it's my home and my roots are here in an actual piece of its rocky ground which I love, which my parents carved from wilderness; but this threat of secession is utterly ridiculous. I'm disgusted. I don't know about Oregon's petition, but IMHO it's no better. Good grief!

The issues involved are surely that a bunch of folks are furious because they didn't get their way. (In my state, it's no real secret who they are.)

But this is one united nation. That means there must be give and take, not running off in a huff because only one idea expects/demands to rule & control everything, having no perception of workable compromise.

Of course, human history is full of such impasses; but "We, The American People" whose constitution aspires & claims to higher standards than those which proceeded its formation needs to be put into practice, not a bunch of malcontents going off pouting if one idea (theirs) isn't supreme, regardless of constitution, decency & reasonable recognition of realities.

It's disgusting - no, it's sickening - what some of these actions prove: - that primitive emotions rule and are not far beyond barbarism.

Yet I'm optimistic, if only that this present direction does lead to decision time or disaster.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

I have been reflecting upon the evolution of our current divisiveness in this country. If I can get past all the sillyness I might be able to get serious enough to write. Texas is far from being the silly capitol of America right now. I think it might be in our water, although I have little evidence at this time. I will keep you abreast of my discoveries.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

OK. Thanks.

Seems that Texas & Oregon are just 2 out of the 34 states in this petition whirlwind. News coverage mentions that Texas is no surprise, since it's "reliably separatist"; nor is South Carolina, whose "1860 secession sparked the Civil War". But Oregon is a surprise, being one of the more progressive & sensible states, usually.

Sigh.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

You've been absent for awhile; I figure you're probably helping the kids get settled in their new home before Thanksgiving.

I saw that your area may be having some wet, blustery weather this week, except for Thanksgiving Day, so I hope you're all warm and dry! Hope your Thanksgiving will be glowing with love among the family!! Hugs.


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

A very entertaining, thought-provoking and well written piece, Alan. Kudos to you for your keen insight and wisdom into this matter.

God's blessings to a good friend - C.J. Sledgehammer


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

hello butterfly. I will respond to your post elsewhere and catch up.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

hey CJ. It is good to hear from you my friend. You were missed. Thanks for reading and commenting. I pray that all is well.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

What a joy to see you're back!! No rush. You must have much catching up to do. :-)


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Thanks, Nellieanna, it will take a little time to get into the swing of things, but I look forward to treating myself to some more of your awesome hubs.

Best wishes and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I'm smiling.


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Isn't it funny how you find things just at the right time? You've said a mouthful here, arb, and this hub should be widely-read in order to keep the main thing, the main thing. Well said.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Well, reading this 21 months after the fact gives me a little insight into the Post Election Apocalypse, but as you said, though it looks like that's where we are, it could be worse.

Though we may not like the results or the behavior of our elected politicians, as you so aptly stated, we can do it again in four years. Its always a pleasure to read your take on anything!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Reading this so long 'after the fact' gives me a new perspective on the election process in the United States. It will all be starting again much too soon, and more than likely, with the same amount of hysteria. I do not intend to let it interfere with my blood pressure next time around.....Yes, I will vote, and yes, I will live with the election results.

Jaye


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arb 2 years ago from oregon Author

Kathleen, tillsontitan and Jaye. your comments remain appreciated and I am thankful for each them. Haven't been around for about a year and haven't written anything since then. Miss writing and miss Hubland. Most of all I miss the friends. I pray that you are all well.


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

We miss you too! Here's hoping you drop in and leave a new hub sometime.


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Oh my. I just nominated you and this hub for an award. What happens if you win?! Hope things are OK and you are just lying on a beach somewhere.

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