Enlightened Americans - Only Time Will Tell
The Consequences Of Politics
While the election is over, the outcome is still unknown. Many will rejoice and see it for what is obvious; the current President was re-elected and his ideologies will have another four years to reach their full potential. Others will lament and fear the same truth; that his ideologies will most certainly have another four years to reach their full potential, but Enlightened Americans realize another, deeper meaning from this election and that is that nothing has really changed. Americans are still divided, still uncertain, still frustrated and still, more than ever, without real answers.
If this election proved anything, it's that slander is more effective than civility and truth and that denigrating the ideas of your opponent is better than being specific about the merits of your own. It proved that to "divide and conquer" is alive and well as a strategic position not only in war, but in politics. On both sides of the political spectrum this was a campaign of diatribes, misrepresentations and fear mongering. It pitted men against women, blacks against whites, the middle class against the upper class and business against government. In fact, at the end of the day, those tactics were used so much that now that the election is over, no one really knows the truth and the divides that separated us at the start are more prominent than ever.
If Enlightened Americans recognize one thing for sure, it's that in the twenty-first century political outcomes are not determined by fair minded, civil exchanges of ideas and positions, but by who can spend the most money to get the most people so confused that they either don't care or worse don't see any value in expressing their right to participate in the process.
Yes the election is over, but the outcome is still very much unknown. As has been said by a prominent, all be it misguided Democrat about another piece of controversial legislation, "you'll have to elect a President to see what he really stands for".