Election Anxiety

anx·i·e·ty

/aNGˈzīədē

noun

  1. a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

Thinking back to the 2008 General Election, I remember feeling anxious and worried about what some of my friends said about then-candidate Barack Obama. The rumors, falsehoods, and conspiracy theories were more than I could stand. I remember thinking, where in the world did they come up with this?

Well, here we are twelve years later, and we are back in the same mode. It is tearing people apart. People are terrified, many for the first time in what may be a sheltered life. According to the Pew Research Center, media coverage of the Obama rumors grew tenfold over a few months before the election. From my knothole, we are seeing the same things today. Only now it is compounded by the pandemic.

The difference this year, I believe, is the politicians have mastered media manipulation. They know which buttons to push and when to schedule their announcements. When have we ever seen near-daily “pressers”? Which I believe are not legitimate news, but campaign events disguised as newsworthy.

We are now just 46 days until the General Election; we need to remain calm and question the campaign fodder. More important is we must turn out the Vote. I hear some say my vote won’t matter, or I never vote. Please encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to exercise their rights.

…that’s 30 for today.

3 thoughts on “Election Anxiety

  1. Pray, Think, Vote……..
    To vote or not to vote, that is the question! Apathy is always present and results poor decisions.
    We would be wise to overcome our election anxiety with action. Make a studied choice……..

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  2. My first vote in a presidential election was in 1968 when I was in Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood. I would not have dreamed of missing my right and duty to vote nor have I missed a single election since then regardless of its local, state, or national connections. I am proud to say I instilled that same belief in voting in my children and their spouses follow the same belief. Further, I don’t understand the “my vote doesn’t matter” thinking, especially when there are more than one position or question on each ballot. Over the years, I have counseled BSA’s Citizenship in the Nation merit badge and place great emphasis on civic duty that includes voting. The outcomes from the COVID crisis may well be that changes in voting arrangements could change forever more and remove the excuse that some use or the suppression of voting that is still in play. Some argue for a national voting holiday, but that isn’t a viable strategy and not as effective as early voting, vote-by-mail, and other solutions.

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