With the 2012 election coming to an end in less than two weeks, and with the race so close, I think there is something that needs to be said. If this race is as close as the media claims it is and there is a “Photo Finish” I fear that the politics of the last two years will get the better of people and we may have a problem on our hands.
What I am talking about is the deep divide in our country’s politics. The last two years of constant campaigning have taken their toll on our sanity and our nation’s sanity. The divisiveness and negativity of our current politics will bring our country to its knees if this race is too close to call on election night. Our country has been so divided morally, ethically, and philosophically for so long that people are going to have a hard time letting go.
When I started this blog I wrote about how we, as a country, are addicted to campaigns and how our election cycles never seem to end. The result of this addiction will be immediate and harsh withdrawal. There will be a void that needs to be filled. If the election is too close to call, this country will go nuts. Both sides will cry fowl and a political civil war (figuratively) will erupt. I can only imagine the frenzy that will ensue if there are recounts, and god forbid an electoral tie.
Can you imagine the country tearing itself apart on party lines if there is no clear winner? So many people want to be right, and need to be justified that their candidate/party/view points will win over the evils of the other party. What will their response be if there is no winner or their party losses by a very narrow margin?
Our media, being in the condition it’s in, will go into full spin/breaking news/crap your pants mode. It will be a frenzy so big and so intense that the 24-hour news networks will explode in a firestorm of blame and finger pointing so big, the election itself will seem sane and rational. Lets face it, it’s our fault for letting the media become what it is. We are to blame for not demanding fact and truth based reporting and accepting opinion as fact instead. Now all we get is opinion reported as fact. What will be the opinion on November 7th if the election is too close? I wonder, what will be presented to us as fact, on that day if Ohio is too close to call and neither candidate is the clear winner?
The candidates, for what it is worth will have brought this upon themselves for the way their campaigns have been run. This presidential campaign has been a circus of negativity and fear. The Phrase “most important election of this generation,” and ones like it, have been thrown around way too much. They have mixed with fear and outright lies. Both sides have done it, and have done it willingly. The result is a country so polarized that reasoned debate is a laughable concept as laughable as, bipartisanship or working together. How will the political parties react if one candidate wins the popular vote but loses the election? What will they say if it turns out that the candidate with the most votes does not win? Will it be Reasoned?
Finally, it comes down to us as a people looking at our electoral process. The amount of money that has been thrown at this campaign is staggering. Could that money have been better spent? We need to take a good hard look at ourselves and see what we want as a people. Do we want these never ending elections to run our lives? There are some who do not care at all, for them this is a waste of time and energy.
A lot of voters have been turned off by an electoral system that makes little sense to them. The electoral college is easily manipulated, making it so the candidates completely ignore most of country so that the parties can focus on a few states that are undecided. Those states are bombarded by a mind numbing amount of political campaigning. Is there a solution? Not an easy one, there is no easy fix to this. Deciding the election by popular vote will only change the places where the candidates campaign and other places will be ignored.
A storm is coming, this election is important. It will not be because of the people running for office but it will decide the way we look at our elections. It may show how broke our electoral system has become, or how broken we as a people have become. I have asked alot of questions in this post but I have one more: What will you do, if the election is a draw, if there is no winner on election day?