Where is our country going?

Last Update: October 18, 2016

Please forgive the people of Iowa, we are not all the same. Not all of us walk around with a can of chew in the back pocket, a harnessed gun on our hip and t-shirts that advocate imprisoning one candidate and how to get rid of the other. There are people on both sides that are forgetting common courtesy.

Do the candidates realize what they are doing to our country? Their campaigns are dividing the entire country including families, relatives, spouses, brothers and sisters, towns, states and entire areas of the country. The mean, vicious attacks toward each other are whipping people into an uncontrollable fury. I am so afraid people are going to get hurt. I see it everywhere. Distrust and paranoia are being nurtured, and neither needs much to make it grow like Jack's magic beanstalk. Unfortunately, we probably will not like what we reap from this harvest.

I'm scared like so many people. There is even division within our household. But that is not my worry. When I think about voters and politicians and brother fighting brother, I wonder if the candidates feel any sense of responsibility for the atmosphere they are creating.

Our country was once a strong united nation. We stood with each other and showed a united front that other countries envied. We are the world's laughing stock, now. I am working with an author from the UK and according to him, the Brits find the process to be the best comic reality show they have ever seen. Or the Korean students I taught all summer who asked constantly "Who do you think will win? They are concerned we will abandon South Korea and North Korea will march in and slaughter South Koreans.

Me? I just want is best for the country, without violence and to be able to say the pledge of allegience in public without being censored. All I ask is we remember our manners and treat each other with respect.

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Loes Premium
I understand your fear. One politician was bought by the multinationals and the other multinational buys himself into politics.
Not much of a choice.
We have a saying in the Netherlands: "Every nation gets the leadership it deserves".
Every adult can use his/her power to vote. And when I see a number of voters on elections with a lousy average 55% to 78% then I think "well, it's your own fault"
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catlady13 Premium
I vote in every election!!!
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Loes Premium
So do I, but so many people are complaining, and when you ask if they have voted, they say, it doesn't make a difference, so why bother, oww that makes me mad!
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catlady13 Premium
Same here!!!
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Swangirl Premium
I vote in every election too.
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Swangirl Premium
I agree Liz! It is embarrassing and so depressing that this is who we have to chose from! I really wish we had a different process so better people could get nominated. It seems only the rich and powerful have any shot now. There are so many wonderful, intelligent, dedicated, and compassionate people...why can't we have any of them?

It used to be only the politically well connected. Now you don't even need the political connections...just being rich is enough.

You need to "buy" your way into the process.

I suppose Sanders was a bit different as he wasn't rich but he still had the political connections.

So sad.
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catlady13 Premium
My biggest fear are those espousing revolution. It almost seems dangerous.
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JimmythePint Premium
As a Brit myself, the whole process terrifies me. We have nothing to laugh about. I think many of us are just thankful that the focus has been taken from us after the appalling decision was made to exit the EU.

I keep hoping on hope that your fellow Americans make the right - albeit not much better choice :)
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catlady13 Premium
It is the lesser of two evils.
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MKearns Premium
It would be better if the country went to the cats (and dogs) which it will anyway. Anybody but those two Liz!
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catlady13 Premium
I love your answer to the problem, I think the cats and dogs could handle it. The problem is I have seen some dogs and cats that remind me of our choices!!!
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MKearns Premium
Did you ever read HG Wells' The Time Machine Liz. There were the cunning Moorlocks and the Vociferous vacuous Eloi. It's a combination of the two. The cunning always wins!
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catlady13 Premium
Is that supposed to give me hope? Not working!!! LOL
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mjdimarco Premium
Always treat one another with dignity and respect. Sad to say, this isn't the case in the political sphere anymore.
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catlady13 Premium
It seems to be the exception and it is really getting sickening. If I hear the phrase "Lies, all lies. All they are is lies!" I think I will bang my head against a wall, or put my face in the pillow and scream!!!
Wouldn't want to disturb the neighbors and the dog they keep chained up outside of our bedroom window, the one that barks nonstop!!! There is no consideration or common courtesy.
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