Election Day is finally here, and it could not have come soon enough.
Over the past several months, the public has been held prisoner to a multitude of political commercials, advertisements, social media posts and more — nearly all scathing of the opposite party and tearing down every opponent in sight.
Each candidate has scrambled to put himself or herself at the top of the heap in a competition of who can make the quality of life in America — and the politicians in power — sound worse.
At the national level, speculation has increased on whether Democrats will take back the House of Representatives and move to impeach President Donald Trump, Reuters has reported.
These attempts are revenge for what the Democrats believe they have been put through under the Trump Administration, but will most likely fail to remove Trump from office.
Republicans hope to keep the majority and further push the conservative agenda on “hot-button” topics, including immigration and abortion.
Former president Barack Obama has been traveling the country vouching for Democratic candidates, and has on numerous occasions bashed the Republican Party and the direction of the country.
“...When words stop meaning anything, when truth doesn’t matter, when people can just lie with abandon, democracy can’t work,” said Obama Friday during a rally in Florida, according to NBC News.
Although he has mentioned the importance of political unity, Obama has not condemned any of the actions of his own party, offered much feedback on candidates he has endorsed or even specifically said what the Democrats can do for the country.
Last year, when Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) was shot and nearly killed by a Democrat, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared it “outrageous” that anyone would blame Democratic rhetoric for inspiring the shooter, according to CNN.
But when pipe bombs were mailed to CNN, actor Robert DeNiro and a number of Democratic leaders, it was the Republicans’ fault. Trump’s hateful rhetoric caused this, they said.
The hypocrisy should be enough to make one’s head spin. Hateful speech leads to hateful actions, period.
But Americans choose to ignore this double standard because they continually choose to look at the facts through special lenses, depending on what they want to hear.
Democratic leaders have repeatedly blamed Republicans for the division of the federal government while taking no blame of their own. Trump has said the same thing, and his followers believe it because liberals are supposedly evil and “crooked.”
Both parties put up a show of wanting to fight for the greater good, but it is a farce.
I understand the frustration of each party. I am sure it is frustrating to watch the country heading in a direction that these politicians do not support.
But these same people are paid a lot of money to negotiate with their colleagues — a job at which they have failed us. With the display we have been given, this group of Democrats and Republicans does not deserve to take more power or even keep what they have.
If you are looking for indignation and vitriol from your politicians, then congratulations — you have gotten it. But if you are feeling exhausted like I am, send your votes elsewhere.