Election Anxiety

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. For me, the idea of autumn really begins at the end of summer; Labor Day weekend, back-to-school shopping, pumpkin patches, Halloween and then my favorite month of all, November. Just the thought of this autumnal month brings to mind shorter days, the first morning chill, falling leaves and cinnamon laced pies- all beautiful images, unless of course it's an election year and you are a news junkie. As a person who's job it is to be online all day as the voice of my clients' brand, I adhere to a self mandated policy whereby all media forms of political discussion are entirely off limits. Within the platforms of my business of social media marketing, there is seldom a day that I don't have to talk myself out of Tweeting an article, sharing a post or commenting from my own business account. It is in front of me all day long, I simply refrain. This makes for some pent up political energy, but you just never know who you are going to alienate by uttering the wrong words. In this day and age there is unfortunately such a great chasm in policies and social issues that mere mention of, "the other candidate" has the potential to offend. Not good for business, not good for friendship... With that being said there is something I'd like to address on this day, November 5th, one day before the election: Exercising your inalienable right to vote. With such disparity between the two parties and the opponents so dramatically divergent, is it possible that one side is totally spot on and the other completely off base? Probably not, but we must choose anyway.

Which brings to mind what is for me the most baffling anomaly of all. The undecided voter. Quite frankly, I would rather be referred to as an uninformed voter then ever concede to being undecided this near the end of a tirelessly long and arduous campaign year. Undecided? Yes... because the two candidates are so similar (please read, scathing sarcasm). It is almost an admission to being hopelessly and unapologetically apathetic.

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crises, maintain their neutrality." ~ Dante Alighieri, Inferno

So if you are undecided, please click off of this blog, go to Google and take a moment to explore the issues. It is my fundamental belief that the collective conscience of each and every U.S citizen casting a vote, will decide what is best in going forward. No matter the outcome, it will be as it is meant, if decided by our invaluable system of democracy.

Let's see if I'm still singin' that tune if  "my candidate" doesn't win on Tuesday. One can only hope...