Monday morning thoughts

Before getting to tomorrow’s election, I have to touch on the situation in the wake of Sandy. Last week, I slammed Mayor Bloomberg for not cancelling the marathon. We all know that he did, finally, succumb to pressure and cancel it, but it was too little too late. Two huge generators that could have been used to help people had sat in Central Park for days in preparation for the race. Trucks were making food and drink deliveries to the heated tents for the race, trucks and supplies that could have been better used elsewhere. Now there are reports that, even after the race was cancelled, heaters, blankets and other supplies continued to sit along the marathon course instead of being handed out to those folks on Staten Island and elsewhere who needed them.

I wish I could say it gets better. But my opinion of Bloomberg hasn’t changed, not when I see images from Staten Island and other parts of NYC — the non-Manhattan areas. I understand the frustration when folks don’t seen representatives from the Office of Emergency Management or FEMA. It’s worse when they see the reps but no one, not OEM and not FEMA and certainly not the poor folks who have no heat or gas or electricity, seems to know what’s going on. It doesn’t surprise me to read reports that there is no real chain of command when it comes to reporting and coordinating emergency needs. What it does is confirm my suspicions that Bloomberg only cares about Manhattan because that is the part of NYC he frequents and is the part that the world sees.

Here’s hoping the grassroots assistance projects by local churches, businesses and even a few “names” like John Mayer continue. They are getting supplies into the hands of communities that need them — at least until Bloomberg decides to “help”. Who knows, he might decide that such private assistance is a “bad” for us as 32 ounce soft drinks and ban them too.

Then we come to the folks down in Florida who are upset because they are having to stand in line for hours to vote. They have been demanding that the hours for the voting places be extended, days added. Maybe I’m showing my age here — hell, I know I am — but get over yourselves. The ability to early vote without having to prove you were going to be out of town or in the hospital is a fairly new wrinkle in our electoral process. It used to be the norm for the vast majority of voters to go to the polls on election day and stand in line for hours and hours and hours. Did we like it? No, but we also didn’t whine and demand laws be changed because we were inconvenienced a bit.

The only folks who ought to be worried about being able to vote are those in the areas hit by Sandy that are still without power. Florida, get real. Pull on your big boy pants and quit acting like a bunch of spoiled brats. Ask yourselves why you waited until the end of the early voting to go vote. Logic ought to say that the closer to the end of the voting period, the longer the lines might be.

Maybe I’m just grouchy. I’m tired of all the calls to the house, both canned and live. I’m tired of the attack ads by so many of the politicians. I’m tired of seeing stories about how many thousands of people came out to support Obama when he appeared with Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp. Guys, ask yourself this: did they come to see Obama or the “star”? Or ask this, would these people have shown up if it had only been Obama (or any other politician) appearing?

I’m ready for this election season to be over. Unfortunately, we are only entering the final quarter. Even after the polls close tomorrow, we’ll have days of vote counts and recounts. Then, no matter who wins, we will have the challenges on both local and national levels. Depending on how the vote goes, we may also have another controversy concerning the electoral college.

But none of that really matters. What matters is that we each get out and vote. If you don’t, then for the love of all that is holy, keep your mouth shut over the next four years. If you are eligible to vote this year and you fail to do so for any reason other than you wound up in the hospital and were unable to, you abdicate your voice of dissent. At least you do in my book. So quit bitching about how long the lines are and how inconvenient it is to go to the polls or how neither candidate is any good. Vote or keep quiet.

Yeah, I’m definitely grouchy.

5 Comments

  1. Here’s hoping the grassroots assistance projects by local churches, businesses and even a few “names” like John Mayer continue.

    Has anyone spotted a grumpy Sean Penn bailing out his dingy?

    The Bloomberg thing with the marathon…good God. Has there ever been a more stark example of complete tone deafness or callousness to one’s own constituents? Since SPQR, was in charge, I mean. The salt thing was bad, the 16oz soda thing was worse…but this marathon thing…lamp post, tar, and feather worthy.

    Prediction: Romney takes the popular by 6-5% and close to or over 300 electoral.

    1. Nah, Penn won’t be there. The color of the politics isn’t commie enough for him, not yet at any rate. There are all those third world countries for him to stick his nose into still.

      What amused me — and not in a good way — was watching George Stephanopolous (or however you spell it. I’m too lazy to look it up) this morning trying to encourage folks to call into Good Morning, America to contribute to the recovery funds. Of course they’d trotted out “stars” like Barbara Walters and Snookie and Tony Danza to answer the phones. There was good ole George telling folks to call in and that after they’d made their donations, they could ask the stars about their shows. Not only was he trying too hard, but he was turning the focus from the need to the stars. I will admit, however, Snookie impressed me some and I do give kudos to Walters for her $250,000 donation and to Mark Cuban for the cool one million bucks he donated.

  2. Righteous rant, again, Amanda. I share your opinion of Bloomberg. And I also think we ought to go back to and Election Day. If people could get to a polling place on a given day when the fastest transportation was a good horse, in this day and age we should certainly be able to handle it!

    1. Like I said, I do feel for those in the areas hardest hit by Sandy. But I have little sympathy for those who are upset simply because they have to wait in line. If they want to get upset about something, why aren’t they upset because there have been attempts to keep our military from voting? Or why aren’t they upset because the Benghazi matter is still being swept under the rug? Or any other number of issues that matter so much more than a few hours of standing in line to vote.

  3. I elsewhere said earlier this year that I would be voting unless I were dead or in the hospital.

    I make no warranties to not dying, but I think my health will hold up well enough, so long as I do nothing too stupid.

    The weather here is supposed to be almost entirely clear, so that probably limits sudden blizzards out of nowhere.

    A tertiary goal is seeing how early I can get to the polling station, to see how few people I can manage to have vote before me.

    Anyway, I have my spreadsheet put together, and I’m mostly out of sense for following the campaigns, so I’m mostly into waiting mode.

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