- Last Updated on 07:44 AM 11/07/12
- BY Doug Ford
Quick, raise your hands, have you been as annoyed and agitated as I have been with the slew of automated phone calls and brochures in the mail promoting one presidential candidate or another?
If the answer is yes, then I have news for you, it probably won’t get better any time soon as far as election cycles go.
Jimi Hendrix would be proud, as Virginia, at one time a conservative state, has taken on a purple haze as of late, and this election cycle is no different.
When you’re a battleground state as Virginia has become, the calls to get out the vote multiply exponentially, and the erase button on my phone message system has been getting a better workout than I’ve been able to accomplish the past several weeks.
“Hello, this is,” reverberates in my ears for a split second before I hit the erase button, and that goes for both sides.
I know all the political messages are pre-recorded, but sometimes I think about borrowing a line from the old television sitcom, “Seinfeld,” and say “yada, yada, yada” to the phone.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the importance of this and every election, and I do cast my vote.
I feel that gives me the right to complain if my candidate wins or loses, if my complaining does any good at all.
Nobody likes to hear the grumbling and second quessing and see the hand wringing following any election, and this one appears to be worse than normal.
Some of these people must list “Doomsday Preppers” as their favorite program, but I’m no chicken little.
I’ve heard the usual stories about best friends abandoning one another over their political choices, but I have a way of handling that.
When I see friends of a different political persuasion, we generally have an agreement not to talk politics, and I don’t consider a sports bar the prime place to act like chicken little and whine about the end of civilization as we know it.
I do hope everyone keeps a civil tone regardless of who wins, and I can only repeat the immortal words of comedian Red Green.
“Remember, I’m pulling for ‘ya. We’re all in this together.”