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Enlightened Americans - Only Time Will Tell

Updated on November 10, 2012

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".


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    • carmenise profile image

      carmenise 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thanks for the feedback and the time you took to read and consider my position.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      While I agree with some of what you said, I disagree that we can't know how President Obama will proceed during these next four years, at least not totally. Obamacare will become fully active and millions of people who previously could not get health care will now have it. The economy will slowly, and I do mean slowly, recover. The Republicans will continue to fight against Obama's plans at every turn, but they won't fight as hard as before and there will be agreement on some issues. The rich will get richer, the poor will remain poor and the middle class will begin to rebuild. The negativity between people will remain because far too many people have allowed themselves to fall for the hype and have now locked themselves in psychologically to one stance or another. It's going to be a long time before we see each other again as fellow Americans, and the politicians and big money are to blame. Nonetheless, life will go on here in the good old USA!