Feel free to throw things at me, but I am feeling rather dispirited about this year's election. Between the near-hourly phone calls, the constant ads on TV, the flyers in the mail, people knocking on my door, and all of the lovely political discourse rushing through my Facebook news feed, I'm half-tempted to simply unplug, tune out, and crawl into bed until November 7th.
Unpatriotic? I hope not. I'm actually very excited for Election Day and plan to bring the Bear with me to the polls. We went in 2010 but I think he was still too young to really get it. Not like he's a man of the world at the age of three, but he can identify both local and national candidates with surprising accuracy. And just because I could, I taught him to refer to Mitt Romney simply as "Mittens." Sorry, couldn't resist. ::snickers::
Cute toddler antics aside, I'm kind of over this whole thing. I wish I could muster even an iota of excitement, but when you live in a household with a couple in different political parties, the phone calls literally never stop. No, I don't want to volunteer for a campaign. No, my husband does not either. We both do not want to take your survey. Please don't call after 8:30pm. We will hunt you down if you dare call after 9.
As for Facebook, I've blocked more people than I can count in order to avoid their status updates, touting their particular party or candidate. Really? Do you really think your post will change my mind? I love a good discussion, but Facebook lends itself to more one-liners than actually discourse. Not to mention, everyone has an opinion but it seems few have actual knowledge. I felt this summed it up best:
The whole thing gives me a headache.
I have very little knowledge, but at least I'm smart enough to keep my mouth shut.
Which leads me to this:
So yeah, that's kind of my position. I'm pro-pancakes and anti-late-night-political calls. I'm excited for Election Day to be able to show the Bear democracy in action as well as for the constant chatter to finally die down. Just don't expect me to answer my phone.