I've decided that it is a really good thing that the election falls in the same month as Thanksgiving. Because we are sure going to need a reality slap after Tuesday!
Now, I'm not anti-politics at all. While I'm not as interested or as passionate as others, I do my research and vote accordingly. I have my own opinions and, for the most part, can back them up with facts. And I'm all for an educated and civil discussion between people who disagree.
What I'm NOT for, however, is people on any side brutally tearing down the other. I don't thing any party is innocent in this case. Having social media friends/followers on both extreme sides of the spectrum, I've seen my fair share of mudslinging this election season, and it hasn't just been on television.
While it does matter who we elect, it doesn't matter that much. Our government was created with checks and balances to prevent one person from holding ultimate power. So even if we elect a person who secretly longs to be a dictator, it probably won't happen. Our country most likely isn't going to be destroyed in 4 years, so don't destroy relationships because of it.
America has a tendency to lose perspective during an election season. Many people decide that the government should revolve around them and their needs alone and they start getting greedy. They take our country for granted.
Obviously, America is not without mistakes and corruption. We are still human, after all. But when I look at the "systems" in other countries, I start to realize how good we have it. When I was in high school, I had to do a project for World History in which I researched the recent history of Thailand. I only had to look into the previous 7 years, and the amount of governmental coups that took place astounded me. If nothing else, that project made me grateful for the stability of our government. While we may worry about a certain law getting passed or overturned, most people don't worry about our government being overthrown.
We should also just be grateful for the chance to vote. While most people will complain no matter who gets elected as President, we at least have the opportunity to make our voice heard. Not many other nations can say the same. Once again, our selfishness rises as we demand that our opinions be the only ones heard. Even though it is our right as Americans to vote, it is much more than that. It is a privilege. If our government did get overthrown, we probably wouldn't have that right anymore and our complaints would be of a very different nature.
Ultimately, what I'm trying to say is that no matter what the outcome of the election, whether in "your favor" or not, just take it in stride. Our country has survived a few hundred years with many different men at the helm and we are still a stable society. Yes, fight for what you believe is right, but don't tear others down in the process. Be understanding, but stand your ground. And simply be thankful for the opportunities we have as Americans. Because really, we have it pretty good.
And to lighten the mood a little bit, how about some cupcakes? Because everyone loves cupcakes. :)
Source: Martha Stewart
Election Day Cupcakes
Taken from Martha Stewart