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Election Day Is Here But Where Will All The Hate Go?

Updated on November 4, 2008

Well kids, it's finally here that day that we've all been gearing up for for what seems like the past four years. Election Day. I wonder if the people will stand in the long lines. I wonder why there are such long lines when we're supposedly one of the most evolved countries in the world yet we can't seem to get our election process down to a science that gives us true accuracy. I wonder if all the hours and hours of television we've all watched to help us decide in our own mind who should win if it really did help us to find the right candidate to become our next President. And more than anything, now that Election Day is here; where will all the hate go? - Don't Get Me Started!

I've talked about it before, I know a little bit about hate. I've been hated because I was Jewish, because I was gay and all by people who didn't really know me at all. I wonder if it's easier to hate someone when you don't know them. I think it is easier.

When you looked at some of these political rallies and saw people screaming the most hateful things about the different candidates you just can't help but wonder what will happen when their party doesn't win. I don't think there will be assassinations or looting in the streets but someone somewhere will feel this hate. You see, hate needs an escape. It can't sit within someone without manifesting in some manner. Maybe it will come out at work when you blow up at a co-worker for an offense that you would have hardly noticed before. Maybe it will come out at your spouse, your children, your parents or your pet but why isn't someone talking about or helping us to realize and deal with our anger? Where is Dr. Phil when we need him? Putting some newlyweds in a house with cameras? I dare say this seems more important.

I'm reminded of the song, "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands...if you're angry and you know it, stomp your feet." We should all be stomping our feet to try and just get rid of some of this stress, don't you think?

And it goes deeper than just the presidential election. If you read all the hate being spewed at gays for their commitment to one another in the form of marriage in California or even hear the gays rip apart the Christian Right that condemns them, it's absolutely exhausting. I don't know how people manage to continue hating so much without being completely exhausted. There was an expression that was used in old movies where they would say about a woman who had gotten to that stage of complete exhaustion, "She's taken to her bed." There are plenty of times I feel as though I would like to take to my bed but I have a job to do. That job is to try to make you laugh, to share with you stories of things that you can't even imagine happening to you that have happened to me and how I managed to find the humor in it.

I like laughing much more than I hate hating. So whatever the outcome is with the election I hope that we find a way to heal instead of hate, laugh instead of lash out at one another and that somewhere someone can explain to me just why I get called, "Ma'am" so damn much!

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    • Marian Swift profile image

      Marian Swift 9 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Ya know, I don't think the hate will go anywhere.  It's been here all along.

      The question is, will the hate go back to twiddling its thumbs, or will it find "exciting" ways to make itself known?  All I know is, many communities are stepping up their police forces tonight.

      Hopefully, sanity and civility will prevail.  But, even at best, I don't think either of us will find a true solution to the "Ma'am" situation.

    • Chef Jeff profile image

      Chef Jeff 9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      Oh, it'll stay where it found a teat to suckle - on FOX News!


      Chef Jeff

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      Amanda Severn 9 years ago from UK

      It's a good question. And the other question I wonder about is whether all of the political hubs that have been posted in this marathon race to the White House, will suddenly vapourise when the results are announced? It's been fun, but what will we all do for entertainment now? Oh well, back to the soaps I guess!

    • Melissa G profile image

      Melissa G 9 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      Maybe it'll ooze down into the sewer systems a la Ghostbusters 2? :)

      Seriously though, great hub! (ma'am) ;)

    • dineane profile image

      dineane 9 years ago from North Carolina

      You do a great job, directing us towards laughter instead of hate! If everyone would follow your example, we would have a lot less stress.