By PHIL SPIZZICA
Finally, the presidential election has concluded, so what will it bring? Well, at this juncture, it seems most everyone in the entire world assumes it’s going to bring about some grand reclamation during which all will change for the better. I don’t share this approach in forming my own opinion.
I can see why a lot of what Obama promises is appealing to people. The idea of extracting our forces from Iraq in order to refocus America’s military resources on al Qaeda is particularly interesting. This is certainly something a lot of people want to hear, but whether or not that is the most responsible decision remains to be seen. It isn’t that I dislike Barack Obama or wish to discredit him; he is ambitious and smart, and I’m sure he’ll make a fine president. It’s just difficult for me to understand why it’s necessary to glorify him to such an excessive degree, as many of his supporters undeniably do.
Honestly, this past Election Day marks the first time I had ever taken even a slight interest in the presidency or even politics in general. I think it’s largely the concept of political parties that turns me off so much, which was actually always rather baffling to me. How is it at all reasonable for one to align himself with a particular side of an argument before the argument in question even exists? This doesn’t seem like a sound practice to me, but that is the reality that we live in.
Nowadays, the general population just has far too many preconceived notions about virtually everything, and people feel they must be a part of some sort of group or faction in order to lead a valid existence. They vie for a sense of acceptance and belonging, even if that means adhering to antiquated standards that can scarcely be considered relevant anymore. I just can’t stand how black and white the American political system is. You are either this or that, democrat or republican; forget about any independent thinking that may inadvertently blur the line.
Most followers of either candidate seemed like rabid fan boys rather than honest supporters, and this appeared to be caused more by undue bias than the actual promises candidates had made. I can’t even recall the amount of times I’ve heard things like “I’m moving to Canada if [insert detested candidate’s name here] wins the election,” and that’s just an exceedingly immature way to look at it in my opinion. No single person has all the answers, and the fact that one may prefer a certain candidate to another really shouldn’t compel him to make such a gratuitous statement.
What people need to accept is that neither candidate is wrong; they just have differing opinions on what is best. Both are good men who would only seek to expand America’s glory even further, even if they happen to disagree on many issues. This is the greatest nation in the world for a reason, and no matter the outcome of any election, that will not change easily.