I picked you! Here are my (admittedly scattered, Hurricane Sandy-addled) thoughts:
– Politically we’re all a lot more splintered than we were in 2008. Back then, it seemed like everyone was pulling together around “hope” and “change” and other exciting buzzwords. Now it seems like we’re all just hoping things don’t backslide any further. Like we went through four years of ups and downs and maybe we’re slightly up now and we hope we’re not set back even further.
– Whereas 2008 was about change and moving forward, 2012 is down to basic human issues. “Does my body belong to me or to the government”? “Do I deserve the same health care that pets in other countries have?” “Will my kids get to watch Sesame Street?”
– You know who are the worst? The people who every election go, “They’re both corrupt Washington fatcats. I’m not voting for anyone. Politics as usual!” Great, thanks. Can I get into the coffee shop now? You’re blocking the door. If you think both candidates are the same this election then there’s really nothing I can do for you.
– It’s interesting how Facebook becomes this echo chamber of people whose opinions you agree with posting articles and petitions and what not but then ONE person says something you don’t agree with and then you’re like “whoa, I never knew that Tom from college was such a hardcore Romney supporter.” How did we discuss politics before Facebook?
– 2008 proved how important it is for everyone to vote, particularly young people. This year it seems even more important. You’re not just voting for change — you’re voting for basic human rights.
– In the end, it’ll be Obama for four more years. But it’ll be closer than it should’ve been.
Could you date a guy with different political beliefs?