The People Have Spoken

Like countless other American citizens, I sat at home last night thanking my lucky stars for living in this country and what that means. Democracy is a wonderful thing. What other country do you have the freedom to color in a box and select the most powerful leader in the free world? But this freedom brings something more importantly, the right to watch something other than election reports on television. If we lived in a communist state, we would be required to watch as each and every vote was counted. Not in this country! I was able to come home and tune into ESPN and watch sports all evening long without once hearing about how red necks in backwoods Kentucky had passed a referendum to allow cousins to now date. This is a great country!


The press on the other hand are something to be desired. On my way home from voting last evening, the major news services were announcing that Al Gore had won Florida and was on his way to the presidency. I casually listened to this while waiting to hear if there were any REAL news stories like if Manny Ramirez was going to sign with the Cleveland Indians. Before bed last night, I flipped the television to a local station to see who won the election. There it was being reported that George W. Bush had won Florida and was now the forty-third president of the United States. Granted, I don’t know much about politics, but even I thought only one candidate could win each state. Here we had both of them winning Florida. As I awoke this morning, I find that there is no new president elect yet and neither candidate has won in Florida. This has got to be some kind of record. Each candidate has won this state, each has lost it, and neither of them are now victorious. I wonder exactly when did the national news services begin to employ reporters from the National Enquirer to report on election results? About the only thing missing from this story is an alien abduction and a new diet where you can lose 30 pounds in an hour eating nothing but Hershey’s Kisses with Almonds.


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