The proverbial Fat Lady won’t sing the final note until final vote tallies on Election Day. But she’s sure as heck warming her vocal chords as the rest of us navigate divisive campaign rhetoric to elect our president, and our states’ governors and legislators.
It’s been a lot to digest; a test of our morals and our memories, figuring to whom to listen and whom to question; determining truth from fiction, right from wrong, and good policy from bad policy when it comes to workers’ and women’s rights, our economy, health care, climate and national security and immigration.
What’s certain is all I really need to know about politics, I learned in this 2012 presidential election season:
Surely, the list grows longer.
Raleigh mom and voter Jennifer Cuthbertson zeroes in on seeming contradictions, including women who support – and vote for – candidates who reject their rights and those of others.
“It has totally rocked my world,” she said. “How can you vote away your rights as a woman and how can you vote away someone else’s civil rights?”
Asked what he’d learned in this campaign cycle, Thompson said, “We do not control outcomes, but we do control our effort, and we do control our votes,” he said. “It is one area where capital is equal.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a millionaire or a pauper...male or femaleblack or white. Everything is the same because the rule is one person, one vote.”
Grassroots community organizer Edward Jones created Southeast Raleigh for Obama to learn the political process and the community climate around it. “I’ve learned that the spirit of the people in Southeast Raleigh is not dead,” Jones said. “They are hungry for someone to take a position here in terms of leadership.”
Perhaps we’ve all learned the thing Robert Fulghum reminds us in his “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”: “When you go out in the world, it’s best to hold hands and stick together.”