With the election literally around the corner the amount of noise has increased tenfold. Noise is the term that I am using to describe all of the new coverage, campaign ads and conversation that is specifically about the election.
Frankly I am tired and bored of it all. I made my decisions about who I am voting for, what my positions are on the various measures and now I am ready for this all to end. It is time to be done with it and get back to living our lives.
That being said I want to make a comment about political discussions. I readily admit to at times being a gadfly and someone who will provoke conversation. It is my nature to push the envelope and test my limits. It is not necessarily the most mature thing, but it has its moments.
If I buy the story that some of my friends are selling this is the most important and most divisive presidential campaign ever held. I won't spend much time on whether it is important or not because I think that every presidential election is important. When you have the ability to pick up the phone and send troops into battle you swing a big stick. So it really doesn't matter what the situation is, a bad president can do a lot of damage.
The thing that really gets me about this election is the number of times I have heard people say that they can't stand Democrats/Republicans. Call me what you will, but I don't make judgments on whether I like people based on their politics. I suppose that you could argue that politics delineate value sets and that based upon those value sets you can say yea or nay, but I don't really see most of these conversations going that way.
I really don't care if my friends have the same political views as myself. Now maybe that is because I cross party lines, I have voted for both Democrats and Republicans. I'll have to think about this a little bit more.