Before I get into this column I would like to offer something bigger than presidential politics, something that should ground us all. Last week we lost a member of our Relay for Life committee. A woman who was passionate about the disease that she helped wage a war against both personally and as a foot soldier. Constance Covey left us last week in a physical sense, but her spirit will live on in the work we do to eradicate cancer.
Connie used to say something during our meetings that would get us back on track and I’ll use it now to get back to my column Š "Moving right along Š" She will be missed.
Do you hear that? It’s silence Š I hope! Since I have to bang out this column on election day and submit it way before the polls close I’ve got no way of knowing if we’re living in a Democratic or Republican state. Second to that, we could be looking at another hanging chad election, but barring that scenario all is quiet, with the exception of those who promise to move out of the country if their guy didn’t win. Hopefully you haven’t moved and were really just venting some frustration because if this great nation can survive eight years of a Bush/Cheney administration then we can make it through anything because we’ve got a little something called resolve. Plus, you’ve got to remember this one thing - it doesn’t matter who’s sitting in the Oval Office in January, if he fails Š we all fail. So regardless of who claims the scepter in January we had better hope he succeeds.
I’ve really refrained from spouting off politically, even though I wanted to. I didn’t want to add to the great divide, I didn’t want to make us the Polarization Nation. Even though everything I write is 20 percent fact, 60 percent opinion and 20 percent humor, it can still serve to sway decisions. Well, I’m here to tell you that you and you alone have to make the choice all by yourself. The last thing you need is me weighing in and influencing you. Nope, you should be the only one who influences you. Nobody else.
But like I said as I type this out, I’ve got no idea who our President is today. If the polling is correct it is Obama, if it’s not correct it’s Romney. So not knowing gives me this unique perspective to say this: Whoever it is, we need to come together as a nation and we have to stop the incessant tub thumping of how the other party is wrong and the other party is right. This is not the Super Bowl people, there are no wins and loses, this is not Red Team versus Blue Team. This is team USA baby and we need to start acting like adults. Do I think that Chris Christie is a blowhard? Yes I do. Do I think he is serving the people of New Jersey right now? Yes I do. Do I think that Democrats and Republicans came together to bring relief to the Jersey Shore and those impact by Sandy? Yes I do. Why? Because at the end of the day they’re all Americans.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again (actually I didn’t say it at all, I’m just quoting), United we Stand, Divided we Fall. What part of that doesn’t Fox News get? What part of that doesn’t MSNBC get? I’m a pretty smart guy, but honestly I get confused as to where to get my information. The days of Walter Cronkite are dead, I don’t know who’s giving me the story and who’s giving me the story with some bias. So I get it, it’s hard to take it all in. But here’s one thing I’ve learned, just because it’s repeated over and over again doesn’t make it true. So as we move into the next four years let’s do this - let’s heal, let’s let the power ties inside the beltway spar while you and I figure out how to live in peace and get back to forging forward and getting this nation back on track, and if the President benefits from that, so be it. What the Hell is Up with that?