RANT WARNING!!!!! ALERT!!!!! ALERT!!!!! ALERT!!!!!
I have had it up to here (and then some). I am sick to death of this election cycle. This has been the most vicious, dirtiest, most lie-filled election season that I can ever remember! I’ve never seen our country so strongly divided. The dislike of the Presidential contenders for one another is palpable.
And it’s not just the presidential election that’s got me fed up. Here in California, there are a number of propositions on the ballot. There are ads for them on the radio and television. And you know what? The two competing sides make statements that are 180 degrees opposed to the other side’s argument. Now they can’t BOTH be right – logic dictates that. A number can’t be both 7 and 3 at the same time, and truth can’t be found in two statements that are 180 degrees opposed to one another.
Since when has it become okay to lie to the electorate? Since when has it been okay to only tell others what you want them to hear? Why aren’t there election commissions (or something like that) that monitor ads and levy HEAVY fines against any person or organization that is lying about the truth or a proposition or a stand on some subject? I tell you, I hate it. I hate it when good people are deceived. I hate it when someone’s trying to sell me a bill of goods.
We’ve become so radicalized in our positions that we are now enemies instead of countrymen. I fear that we’ll never be able to be pulled back together as a nation.
Today’s photo is one I shot at a Civil War re-enactment a couple of years ago. The North versus the South. Brother against brother, father against son. Americans against Americans. It was a deadly war, the deadliest we’ve ever been involved in as a nation. It was tragic…and this picture seems to me to capture my feelings about the political wars that are raging. There have been enough verbal “killings”, verbal attacks and smearing of other human beings! Let’s get this election over with. Let’s have an armistice and start to practice brotherly love, binding up the nation’s wounds and become one people again!!!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: get this: 500 years ago today Michelangelo’s incredible paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome were revealed to the public for the very first time. Michelangelo painted the frescoes, considered by many to be some of the finest pictorial images of all time while lying on his back on a scaffold high above the floor. It took him 4 years to complete what may be the greatest work of art in all history.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: 18 million courses of antibiotics are prescribed each year in the United States for the common cold, which is interesting considering the common cold is caused by a virus and won’t respond to antibiotics. Over 50 million unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed for viral respiratory illnesses. Of course, they may prevent bacterial infections that may cause complications, but overall, it is not good to take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary as bacteria develop immunities over time to the antibiotics rendering them useless, and making the remaining bacteria even more resistant to treatment and stronger than before.