In the calm eye of the storm, a moment to contemplate

Last week we celebrated Halloween, a day on which little people seeking goodies dress up and pretend to be things they really aren’t, like superheroes and villains.

In the adult world, we call that Election Day.

As you might have noticed from that remark, it’s easy — too easy — to get cynical after these endless months of politicking and campaigning. Even worse, there’s reason to fear that in an election as close as this one, the wrangling may continue or even intensify after final votes are cast today, with judges, lawyers and courtrooms trying to resolve what voters and ballots could not.

So in this moment of relative sanity and calm, in these few hours in the eye of storm in which all we can do is wait, let’s talk about better, more important things. Because as I was reminded again last week, there is no better antidote to cynicism than a gap-toothed little five-year-old standing on your doorstep, bag held open and a hopeful look upon her face.

Delightful in its own right, it brings back a flood of recollection for all or most of us. I still have dimming memories of being a young boy in costume, the paper bag clutched in my fists growing ever heavier from doorstep to doorstep. It seemed miraculous that we lived in a world in which people I did not even know kept giving me candy for no apparent reason. And though I don’t recall it directly, I know that somewhere back in the autumn shadows, my mother and father were hovering, keeping a warm, parental eye on us as we made the rounds.

In more recent Halloween memories, I have become that young father hovering in the background, watching as my own children toddle up the walkway in costume to knock on the door. And one part I remember vividly about those years were the older couples who would come to the door and coo and chuckle, charmed by the few minutes they got to share with children.

This year, with our children up and grown, we have in turn become that older couple, happy to see wide-eyed little ones on our doorstep. I can look at the child and see myself there, and look at the smiling parent and see myself there as well. Every Halloween we play out the same scene, with the same stock characters. But unlike the Bill Murray character in “Groundhog Day,” who is doomed to play the same role day after day, the passage of time gives us the chance to play every role in that tableau, to experience the tradition from every perspective.

Professional actors and actresses lucky enough to have long careers know that phenomenon well. They often find themselves playing different roles in the same classic plays, from the ingenue to the young mother to the matron to the grandmother. But it’s true in real life as well. As Shakespeare reminded us:

“All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts.”

Time allows you to experience life in the round, to see it and know it from every perspective. If time does bring wisdom, that is its source.

In the rest of that famous speech quoted above, Shakespeare writes of the seven ages of man, beginning with childhood and concluding in oldest age, when we turn again to childishness. It is a cycle, like so many other cycles, like the cycle of the seasons from late summer to fall to winter, and yes, even presidential election cycles. The end of one is the beginning of another.

And if that doesn’t frighten you, nothing will.

468 comments Add your comment

Jm

November 6th, 2012
7:00 am

Tell me about it. I never thought I’d vote for a Republican for prez…. At least not when I was a kid.

Jm

November 6th, 2012
7:01 am

Line is about 50 people long at this FL poll

Aka, the only poll that counts… :)

Aquagirl

November 6th, 2012
7:10 am

You mean the fate of the universe doesn’t hinge on today’s presidential election?

Jm

November 6th, 2012
7:11 am

1/2 the people on iPhones. The other 1/2 just chatting away.

I love polling day. You get a real cross section and get to see all you neighbors – and a few coworkers too

Farmer John

November 6th, 2012
7:13 am

Time for the American people to make their choice, by this time tomorrow we will know what that choice is. I hope everyone gets out and votes.

TaxPayer

November 6th, 2012
7:22 am

I hope that everyone that wants to vote gets to do so.

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 6th, 2012
7:25 am

1/2 the people on iPhones.

ANDROID WILL WIN THIS ELECTION!!!

:)

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

November 6th, 2012
7:25 am

And then your baby has a baby and it starts all over again.

No matter who you vote for today, if you have a heart, it is about the next generations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMMbmXeQqvI&feature=related

Let’s try and be excellent to each other today.

Sean Smith

November 6th, 2012
7:26 am

“endless months” ???? Try endless years. This campaign has gone on for two years, its crazy.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 6th, 2012
7:27 am

JAY

Nice column…to bad all the kids at trick or treating in my hood are spoiled brats..:-)

At least it’s cold and rainy eh?

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 6th, 2012
7:28 am

Okay … I think it’s time to pull out a little Irving Berlin and celebrate America

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBf8rGtD1nY

Aquagirl

November 6th, 2012
7:28 am

Let’s try and be excellent to each other today.

BURN THE HERETIC!

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 6th, 2012
7:29 am

GRANNY

Agreed…however we both know this is simply as Jay suggests, the calm before the storm of disrespect that will flow on all LIB and GOP sites tomorrow…

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 6th, 2012
7:29 am

“I love polling day. You get a real cross section and get to see all you neighbors – and a few coworkers too”

I totally miss that …

Misty Fyed

November 6th, 2012
7:30 am

I don’t know if its frightening. I’m really hoping we can have the adults run things for a while.

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 6th, 2012
7:30 am

A voter named Andrew sent us his photos from his early voting
location in Baltimore, in Park Heights in Baltimore, where he said there
were more than 500 people in line when he was there to vote this weekend.
Andrew said it was more fun than a drag to be there because he said every
time the town clerk would shout out that there was a first time voter,
everybody in the whole line of voters would applaud for them, everybody
encouraging each other to stick it out and stay there.

Look at where they were. This voting site is a public safety
training facility. So, it gets police cadets. As hundreds and hundreds of
voters are lining up to wait, they have to pass in that hallway under these
banners set up for Maryland police cadets.

These banners, the first one says, as you can see it here,
“integrity.” And then they get a little further down the line and the next
banner says “courage.” And the last banner they pass under in the voting
line, 500 people before they go to vote in a gymnasium is a banner that
says “honor.” And then everybody cheers for the first time voters.

We are used to calls to civic responsibility at this point on the
American calendar. When we get asked by candidates, when we ask each other
to go vote, we`re asking each other to do something that is honestly
inconvenient and sometimes time-consuming and difficult — something that
has individual personal pay off.

But it`s something that your country needs you to do. Your country,
your city, your state needs you to do this thing.

From the Rachel Maddow Show, Oct 29.

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

November 6th, 2012
7:32 am

Regardless of the outcome, it’s been fun coming on here and reading what and how America thinks. We are all as different as God intended for us to be. Life goes on with Romney or Obama. We’ll all get up Wednesday and enjoy this short but precious life we have been given. Enjoy the moment, Hope all on here has a good day.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 6th, 2012
7:35 am

” I’m really hoping we can have the adults run things for a while.”

anyone who says such rubbish obviously doesn’t remember 2000-2008.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 6th, 2012
7:36 am

BYTME

She is correct of course…not to be cynical but this “can’t we all get along” tone that is evident in most all news outlets this morning……everyone showing a soft side..too bad one day of civility can’t remotely undo months upon months of ugly warmongering between all the media and all of us folks on forums like this…

The more I think about it, this is not calm…it’s calm diguising high anxiety…maybe it’s the rain that serves as a ongoing reminder that today, all who vote are simply voting for the status quo which will get us more of the same..

BlahBlahBlah

November 6th, 2012
7:37 am

Don’t forget the older kids that show up on your porch with basically no costume, demanding candy despite not making any effort on their part.

I know who their parents will be voting for today.

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 6th, 2012
7:38 am

not to be cynical but this “can’t we all get along” tone that is evident in most all news outlets this morning

They spent the past 2 years creating and breathlessly reporting fake controversies all to push up their own ratings. Of course they need a vacation day from that!!

Aquagirl

November 6th, 2012
7:39 am

Jay’s touchy-feelyism has even affected Imma Liberal. That may be the most OMG moment of the 2012 election.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 6th, 2012
7:41 am

I am all for the adults running things. I just disagree on who has been the adults. :D Overall, whatever the outcome, I hope that all politicians work to make the country successful for all people. But I suspect that hope is nearly the equivalent of hoping for world peace

Jm

November 6th, 2012
7:42 am

Absentee balloting and early voting highly overrated

No hanging chads but they do have paper ballot backups.

My ballot:

Romney (R)
Bill Nelson (D) (senate)
Allen West (R) (house)

Happy voting day!

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

November 6th, 2012
7:43 am

Stevie Ray

“too bad one day of civility can’t remotely undo months upon months of ugly warmongering between all the media and all of us folks on forums like this…”

actually it can undo it….between 2 people at first and then maybe another and another…

it’s your choice

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 6th, 2012
7:44 am

BYTME

Couldn’t agree more..I’m betting this halloween mask of a mood will disappear by noon and we will be back to the same you suck-no you suck commentary…I call noon…you want some of this action?

Jm

November 6th, 2012
7:45 am

And I wish I couldve voted on electing our President based on national votes instead of the electoral college

I love the electoral college, and there are good reasons to have it

There are better reasons to have a popular vote I think

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 6th, 2012
7:46 am

I think we can all agree on one thing … dog shaming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfammxKoUYs&feature=g-vrec

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

November 6th, 2012
7:47 am

Saw on the news this morning that Obama started crying last night in front of that 20,000 person crowd in Iowa. We were told that win or lose, it was his LAST campaign event.

Sagegirl

November 6th, 2012
7:48 am

southpaw

November 6th, 2012
7:48 am

Why are we having the elections? Oh yeah…to find out which polls were right. ;-)

Aquagirl

November 6th, 2012
7:49 am

actually it can undo it….between 2 people at first and then maybe another and another…

Actually pointy-head scientists have figured out how to budge crazies from their polarized camps.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121102151948.htm

I think Jay should get a government grant to study the effects of Friday Night Music on insane partisanship.

Mick

November 6th, 2012
7:52 am

I lost a childhood friend last march, saw him the night before he died. His life is now a bookend, mine gets to flow onward.
If I don’t realize right now the blessings of time and what to do with it, then I’ll have not learned a thing. In this world there are many battles to fight, one needs to choose wisely the ones that matter most.
This election is very important and I was encouraged waiting in that line, the people know the stakes and they are going to show up in force on both sides.
In the end, the sun will come up tomorrow, god willing, then the living get to wrtie a whole new verse about the day and the drama within. Complain about the grind of working but make it your comfort and be thankful you have it.
When it’s all over be satisfied that you left nothing on the table and seized every minute, there’s your heaven…

Thomas Heyward Jr

November 6th, 2012
7:52 am

The eight stages of voting.
Too bad that most Romney/Obama-Bots never evolve past number 5.
.
1. You believe in the story you’ve been fed about the system; you enthusiastically research the candidates’ positions; you discuss and debate those positions with friends and relatives; then you vote for whom you decide is the best candidate to fill the position.

2. You see that government is “not working” and blame the people currently holding positions in it. You look over the electoral options available and vote for the non-incumbents you determine are best suited to fill the position. A follow-on iteration to this is that you search for the non-incumbent candidates who have never held office.

3. You say to yourself, “if only a wise and benevolent individual of high moral fiber and character could be convinced to run for office”; and you eventually recognize “the one we’ve all been waiting for”; and you contribute to, and campaign for this individual as though he or she were the physical manifestation of all that could be considered “the way”.

4. You come to the conclusion that the two party system is only half as bad as a one party system like communism – and you strike a blow for liberty by casting a ballot for a third party.

5. You return to the two party fold – realizing that the only way change can be invoked will be by working within that existing system. In this stage you’ve actually convinced yourself that there is only one party that stands a chance of being converted to good.

6. You’re not happy with any of the available candidates; but go to the polls to cast a ballot for the lesser of the two evils that are likely to win.

7. You submit an empty ballot – hoping that others will join you and that, somehow, someone will notice.

8. You stay home on election day and do something worthwhile with your time.

I'm a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with...cause we're smart and they are not

November 6th, 2012
7:55 am

Sagegirl………………Nice try. Compare Reagan’s first four years to Obama’s. We can not tax ourselves out of this nor depend on Government to get 23 million people a job. The private sector will have to perform that miracle.

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 6th, 2012
7:55 am

I call noon…you want some of this action?

Nope. First of all, Romney for some reason is still planning to campaign today. That leaves open the possibility of more he says/he says garbage to keep people glued to their screens.

I don’t plan to turn on the news stuff until at least 9 pm. At that point, they won’t be doing anything but analyzing the county returns in certain states.

Mick

November 6th, 2012
7:56 am

jm

Glad you voted for nelson, in reality he’s kind of a blue dog democrat. I think he’s a fairly honest man for a politician. What did you think of all those pesky amendments? Totally not necessary…

Georgia on my mind...

November 6th, 2012
7:57 am

In our younger years we feel as if we have all of the answers to the road map called “Life”. When we get older and reflect back on our younger years, we often wish that we could have had the wisdom that we have now back then. A lot of choices would have been made with more analysis…Once a man, twice a child…

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 6th, 2012
7:57 am

“You submit an empty ballot – hoping that others will join you and that, somehow, someone will notice.”

mmmmm … passive-aggressive voting …

about as effective in changing the system as it is in relationships.

JamVet

November 6th, 2012
8:03 am

Jm,

One out of three ain’t great! (grin)

You could have voted for Murphy and then you woulda been up to this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8JA9Qs2Mho

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 6th, 2012
8:03 am

GRANNY

“actually it can undo it….between 2 people at first and then maybe another and another”

Appreciate your thoughts but IMO, things will remain the same since either side only supports favorable opinions for their candidate and I can’t imagine that will change..the status quo will rule and the lunatic right fringe will continue to rail on anything suggested or enacted by the left with the reverse being true as well..

Guess I’m a little cynical…to me, reason means focusing on guarantee of human rights (womens rights, gay rights etc), but more importantly, getting our spending back to something that suggests we can actually afford all the overspending…like many states and labor intensive businesses, we will see more bankruptcy amongst this group resulting from making future commitments that can’t possibly be met..neither candidate or party will damn the torpedos and focus on this..

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 6th, 2012
8:04 am

“And I wish I couldve voted on electing our President based on national votes instead of the electoral college”

I don’t mind the electoral college … I just wish it was proportional rather than winner-take-all

Doggone/GA

November 6th, 2012
8:06 am

“And I wish I couldve voted on electing our President based on national votes instead of the electoral college”

And I don’t, because “you can fool some of the people some of the time”…but I agree with USinUK, I’d like to see the Electoral votes allocated proportionately. Even though I think that would throw at least a few elections into the Congress to resolve

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 6th, 2012
8:06 am

BYTEME

My contention is that this site and others similar, will go back to the ongoing hysterical “what-ifs” and allegations of incompetency of the other candidate at around noon.

Like you, I’m gonna listen to RawDog comedy on XM today…I feel more strongly than ever that it simply doesn’t matter…pretty sad eh?

Karl Rove

November 6th, 2012
8:08 am

Time to pull out the 2000 playbook for Florida and the 2004 playbook for Ohio. If that gets challenged by one of those pincko commie liberals ole Scalia is ready to round up the boys on the court to find some violation of our boys civil rights.Sure helps getting ole W to round up the 1% for any legal bills at that little get together in the Caymans last week.. Get out and vote for our two liars. And if anyone says we did something illegal -just blame it on the other side.

flagboy?

November 6th, 2012
8:09 am

Dylan Thomas’ “The Force that Drives the Green Fuse Drives the Flower” is a good one too. Not as good at Macbeth, but the same idea.

This election has just been awful. I’m more cynical about politics and more specifically, how the electorate view ourselves as far as politics go. It’s funny that the apparently more educated or informed voter is less likely to deal with issues, but instead is more willing to take a stance on an issue and never budge.

Anyway, Obama wins. Some people are giddy because they “won”. Some people are angry because they “lost”. We’re still 16 TRILLION dollars in debt either way, and no one has a plan for fixing that. That would be the same deal if Romney wins as well.

Laissez les bons temps rouler. . .

barking frog

November 6th, 2012
8:11 am

The eye of this storm is not quiet.
The precinct workers are in a
frenzy to get the vote out and
make it for their candidate. This
the day of battle.

American

November 6th, 2012
8:11 am

May the best Obama win.

Tall

November 6th, 2012
8:13 am

Good morning, Kamchak:

Ready to keep score?

Mick

November 6th, 2012
8:14 am

**We’re still 16 TRILLION dollars in debt**

Here’s the plan: Cut wasteful programs, attack fraud within programs, raise revenue, (taxes) target cuts totaling 2 trillion every year and we’ll be out of the woods in eight years! Can’t be that hard, right???

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 6th, 2012
8:14 am

“Even though I think that would throw at least a few elections into the Congress to resolve”

I think that the most important aspect is that it puts all 50 states in play for campaigning – the entire country will be considered purple, rather than blue or red

and it would save our fates from being determined by the fine folks of Ohio / Pennsylvania / Florida, etc.

GT

November 6th, 2012
8:15 am

Nicely said, good reason to hold down drama, this ain’t our first rodeo and it won’t be our last.

Jm

November 6th, 2012
8:15 am

Heyward

Hundreds of thousands of people have died to ensure your freedoms and your right to vote

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 6th, 2012
8:16 am

Mick – 8:14 – works for me.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 6th, 2012
8:18 am

USinUK – not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 6th, 2012
7:57 am

I’m convinced that nothing is gonna change regardless..how can we expect change in our favor by basically voting for the status quo. Banks, unions, wall street, defense contractors will continue to purchase votes against our interests..we will not see the banks broken up, defense cuts of any consequence, wall street reform that actually works, or spending doing anything but maintaining or increasing relative to reciepts..

Change is not possible…too many incentives to the contrary..

Just my opinion…I could be wrong but if odds were assigned to anything resembling material change in our favor are 95% against..

DannyX

November 6th, 2012
8:18 am

Halloween has become nothing more than a huge Democratic recruiting tool. First off, all the Godless creatures the little ones dress up as teach our children to worship the devil. It’s evil.

Then of course the little Democratic trainees go house to house accepting their entitlements of candy. What an evil recruiting event the socialist commie Democrats put on. These kids don’t earn those treats. It’s just a horrible, perverted socialist trick to program our kids early. Most of the kids carry an Iphone they didn’t pay for, and get treats that surely come from Whole Foods, perfect. Our poor kids are indoctrinated into life as a 47%er at a young age

Next up Christmas! Don’t get me started on Christmas, the Democratic socialist extravaganza of the year. Don’t let your kids become socialists, keep them away from those evil Democratic events! Do it for the children. Ban Santa!!!

lynnie gal

November 6th, 2012
8:18 am

Jay–Thank you for reminding us of simpler delights as they evolve through time with our recurring traditions and rituals sparking memories and scenes of the past. It’s amazing that we play so many roles and characters, cycling through our lives. Now, on to bloodsport–watching the good people of the U.S. assist the president’s efforts to kick Robme’s lying butt up and down the nation’s TV screens tonight.

Joel Edge

November 6th, 2012
8:18 am

“an election as close as this one”
Rest easy, Jay. I don’t think it’s going to be that close.

Jm

November 6th, 2012
8:19 am

Mick

I voted against most of them

But I didn’t vote on all of them

Mick

November 6th, 2012
8:20 am

Thanks usinuk, I’m considering making a run for governor of florida myself in 2014; with our current dum head ding a ling of a governor at 25% popularity, even pee wee herman has a shot!!!

Jm

November 6th, 2012
8:21 am

Jamvet

Neither choice for congress was ideal

I have my own reasons for voting for west

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 6th, 2012
8:21 am

” Rest easy, Jay. I don’t think it’s going to be that close.”

I agree

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

November 6th, 2012
8:22 am

“Thanks usinuk, I’m considering making a run for governor of florida myself in 2014; with our current dum head ding a ling of a governor at 25% popularity, even pee wee herman has a shot!!!”

remember my platform:

1) everyone gets their birthday off
2) no Christmas decs out before Thanksgiving
3) everyone gets a nap between 1:30 and 3

For a happier and healthier America

TaxPayer

November 6th, 2012
8:22 am

Will 2014/2016 campaigning start tomorrow or will we get a brief respite.

Simple Truths

November 6th, 2012
8:23 am

Is Jay comparing Halloween trick o’ treating with the moocher class?

philosopher

November 6th, 2012
8:23 am

I’ve done my duty (and from the looks of the weather, really glad I did not procrastinate). Now I’m going to work hard all day and tonight I’m going to tune in to the Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart live post-election show and laugh until I cry.

Doggone/GA

November 6th, 2012
8:23 am

“I think that the most important aspect is that it puts all 50 states in play for campaigning – the entire country will be considered purple, rather than blue or red ”

Yes, I agree…that’s why, overall, I favor proportional allocation. I think it would force the candidates to campaign in all 50 states

DannyX

November 6th, 2012
8:24 am

“Hundreds of thousands of people have died to ensure your freedoms and your right to vote”

Tell that to your Governor!

Alex

November 6th, 2012
8:24 am

Jay, after months of whipping up the cynicism you use Shakespeare to calm the Grannies, etc. of the world, YOU are the worst type the hypocrite and the outsider who complains and arouses, then at the time of action, the “crowded hour” you sulk away and quote Shakespeare.. The “man in the arena” you are not, the “whiny” journalist is your nest, Sheeesh

I have NO idea who will win and given the divided sentiment of the country and the dividers such as Jay and Hannity and the media in general ,Whomever wins will have a tough time, get involved, fight to the end, but keep a cool head (not a Talking head…)

Simple Truths

November 6th, 2012
8:27 am

Alex, good observation. Jay has done an excellent job stoking the fires of division.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 6th, 2012
8:27 am

Alex, up your meds.

skipper

November 6th, 2012
8:27 am

Jay,
Although we often differ on things, you apparantly know my entire Halloween history……I can dovetail your FULL story with mine….just the names/locations have changed!
This is, in fact, an important election. There are two clear choices. I only wonder: is either of them right? We have a massive deficit. We have some folks who desperately want to work and provide for their famalies, and we have otheres who want to be on the dole. We have some that support unions as a step up, and others who are convinced they are the reason we have lost our edge. We have some that believe the Republicans are the last bastion of the white folks, and some who believe the Democrats are the socialists who have an “anything goes” attitude………what the hell do we do now??

Citizen of the World

November 6th, 2012
8:28 am

Standing in line at the polling place this morning I was struck by the fact that I couldn’t look at people and really tell how they were going to vote, nor could they look at me and tell. Scary, huh?

JamVet

November 6th, 2012
8:30 am

It’s all good, Jm.

Today we are all Americans. And IMUO for those of us who vote, we are All-Americans!

USA! USA! USA!

OK, off to do my duty to God and my country and all that other awesome Boy Scout stuff!

Later, all!

Road Scholar

November 6th, 2012
8:30 am

It has been heartwarming reading most of the comments above this AM. It is refreshing that while we have had a battle of words and tempers, that the bloggers appear that they want to move forward and solve our ills.

I’m not that naive that this will be smooth, but why don’t we all set goals to provide our point of view without malice, with forethought, and utilizing compassion in displaying our problem solving skills. Insulting others accomplish nothing, except elevating our blood pressure and anger levels and adding emotion to cloud our decision making.

But we all have common problems. There is not just one solution. But we must find the best solution….and time is running out. We must learn to listen (In a reading sense), consider, and adapt to the real causes of our problems. Emotion has ruled the day in the past…we now need to put our thinking caps on so all Americans can “win”. God bless America!

JohnnyReb

November 6th, 2012
8:30 am

Jay, you should stick to this kind of writing. You are very good at it, much better than your political scribbling.

stands for decibels

November 6th, 2012
8:30 am

Jay’s touchy-feelyism has even affected Imma Liberal.

yeah, I’ll buy that the moment this alleged adult posts here under a civilized screen name.

Calling yourself something as simultaneously dickish AND butt-hurty as “I’m a liberal and believe everything I read and nothing the other side comes up with…cause we’re smart and they are not” automatically excludes you from civil treatment.

(As I’ve said over and over again, I realize.)

So, there’s your mornin’ Kumbaya, bitches.

Fly-On-The-Wall

November 6th, 2012
8:31 am

Sagegirl, thanks for the link. That was a good article. As to the EC, I’m definitely for it staying around. I think the founders were far wiser then we could ever have thought when it came to this little gem. As to having those votes be proportional I’m not sure about that. I’m so concerned about making a change to a system that has worked so well for over 200 years. Guess I’d like to see more study on it first.

Paul

November 6th, 2012
8:31 am

A wonderful piece, Jay. Here’s to hoping that gap-toothed five-year-old can have a few more yeas of trust and wonder before the cynicism sets in.

My father so looks forward to Halloween and the costumes and the excitement of the kids. Even last year, with mom in the hospital, he had a few hours’ respite as he bought treats, returned home and experienced a few moments of one of life’s joys.

And with that, I think I’ll drop off until the next thread and enjoy the impressions left by your writing. Thank you.

Michael B

November 6th, 2012
8:33 am

Regarding a previous comment about Saint Ronald Reagan – taxes were raised 7 of his 8 years in office (11 times), and unemployment peaked at 10.3% – check out what his own budget guru David Stockman had to say about that. I’m going with Nate Silver’s call on this one. Oh, when I waited in line last week I took my trusty cell phone jammer with me and civilization (aka personal conversation) ensued.

stands for decibels

November 6th, 2012
8:34 am

That bit of pre-emptive cynicism posted @ 8.30, I loved Jay’s column, and how it recalls some of my own oft-forgotten recollections of my own yout-dumb.

stands for decibels

November 6th, 2012
8:35 am

Oh, when I waited in line last week I took my trusty cell phone jammer with me and civilization (aka personal conversation) ensued.

wow. Not that I have any moral qualms with this, but I do wonder how much jail time one could get for that.

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 6th, 2012
8:35 am

I feel more strongly than ever that it simply doesn’t matter…pretty sad eh?

Yes, the outcome matters. The nonsense leading up to it is what doesn’t matter so much.

I’m not going to give in to cynicism.

Doggone/GA

November 6th, 2012
8:36 am

“As to having those votes be proportional I’m not sure about that. I’m so concerned about making a change to a system that has worked so well for over 200 years.”

It wouldn’t a change to the system. In fact, a few states already allocate the EC votes proportionally. How the EC votes are allocated is decided at the state level, not the federal.

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 6th, 2012
8:36 am

I’m off to vote! Cheer your fellow citizens in line for doing something that others would give their lives to be able to do.

Road Scholar

November 6th, 2012
8:38 am

Simple Truths:”Jay has done an excellent job stoking the fires of division.”

Wouldn’t it be boring if editorial writers including Kyle, only wrote what you believe to be true? I don’t agree with all at any time, but it gets me thinking of alternative solutions, opening my eyes to what other Americans hold to be true. Last time I checked we do not have a dictatorship.

stands for decibels

November 6th, 2012
8:39 am

In fact, a few states already allocate the EC votes proportionally.

Where “a few” means “two that nobody much cares about.”

Doggone/GA

November 6th, 2012
8:40 am

“Wouldn’t it be boring if editorial writers including Kyle, only wrote what you believe to be true?”

It would only be boring to those who appreciate diversity. For those who don’t, it would…sadly…be reassuring.

Tall

November 6th, 2012
8:40 am

Michael B.

When Reagan took office, this country was truly in the dumps. Stated unemployment was 10.3%, but was probably higher. The country’s reputation was in tatters due the Carter administration’s incompetence. Reagan had the courage to let central banker Paul Volcker raise interest rates up to the 12 – 15% range in order to strengthen the dollar and curb inflation. Over Reagan’s two terms in office, conditions in the country improved a great deal. Isn’t that how you should judge a President?

skipper

November 6th, 2012
8:41 am

Road Scholar;
Well said!

Sagegirl

November 6th, 2012
8:42 am

A litle bit of humor for all you white voters…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDxOSjgl5Z4

East Lake Ira

November 6th, 2012
8:42 am

About 100 folks in line when the polls opened in East Lake…

Rain did not seem to be a deterrent.

Ronald Reagan Parkway

November 6th, 2012
8:43 am

Just say NO to Mitt Romney and the Charter School Amendment.

hsn

November 6th, 2012
8:43 am

Alex

November 6th, 2012
8:24 am

Jay, after months of whipping up the cynicism you use Shakespeare to calm the Grannies, etc. of the world, YOU are the worst type the hypocrite and the outsider who complains and arouses, then at the time of action, the “crowded hour” you sulk away and quote Shakespeare.. The “man in the arena” you are not, the “whiny” journalist is your nest, Sheeesh

I have NO idea who will win and given the divided sentiment of the country and the dividers such as Jay and Hannity and the media in general ,Whomever wins will have a tough time, get involved, fight to the end, but keep a cool head (not a Talking head…)

======================================================

The funniest part of your joke of a post was comparing Jay to Hannity. One is very well educated, a real journalist — who despite his political leanings, backs up his claims and writing with facts and evidence, The other is a fear-mongering hack journalist who often makes the stupidest of claims to stoke the worst instincts in human behavior. Care to guess which is which? Hint:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h172eAPdPFo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS1NWYV1i_E&feature=related

Rabbit

November 6th, 2012
8:46 am

Dow Jones Industrial Average has surged 60% since Barack Obama was inaugurated as president three years ago, according to research firm Bespoke?

Peadawg

November 6th, 2012
8:46 am

Someone could make a killing in the fainting couch business tomorrow.

will the "REAL" Mitt Romney please stand up

November 6th, 2012
8:46 am

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 6th, 2012
8:47 am

Well, Bookman’s neat little picture of a little kid holding a bag open brought back alot of memories. Like one of the favorite tricks we had when I was a kid. We would get a woman’s purse that was kinda beat up and go out to the pasture and fill it with cow dooey. Then we’d close it and leave it by the side of the road. We’d spend the rest of the day thinking about the person that come along, found the purse, opened it, and stuck his hand inside.

That’s kinda what we’re going to get tonight, no matter who wins.

Have a good Election Day everybody.

kayaker 71

November 6th, 2012
8:48 am

Romney has had to run against two opponents this election cycle….. Bozo and the main stream media. Prevailing against those that ignore many of the facts, manufacture their own, leave significant portions of accounts out of the narrative and distort the rhetoric just to benefit their candidate has become the norm. Unfortunately, many still call this journalism.

Tundra Dude

November 6th, 2012
8:49 am

A litle bit of humor for all you white voters…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDxOSjgl5Z4

LOL!!! Good Wun!

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