America is Back, Baby!

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Orien Earl Haguewood, Hero

Different Point Of View

Muhammad Naeem | Contributed

I haven’t had so much excitement in a long time. What a thriller it was! What an incredible show! I was glued to my phone, where I get most of my news, and I couldn’t wait to see the final outcome. As a matter of fact, I am still waiting for many of the outcomes. There were many plot twists, and drama was palpable, but I persevered. Even as I type these words, my fingers are shaking due to my excitement. I never thought I would see such an electrifying election in my future, but here it was, midterm election, restoring my faith in the process and my utmost respect for the fellow citizens who came out in droves and made some very sensible choices.

Every vote counted—well, not here in California where counting is over almost as soon as it begins, but in other parts of the country, like Arizona and Colorado and Nevada. In some cases, it was a nail-biting finish, and in others, I have bitten through even my fingers, as I ran out of nails. Some races are still up in the air, even here in California, as the votes of our sons and daughters serving in the military are going to make the final decision. What a fitting end to a brilliant election! That part is even more poignant for my family because our son is about to start his training in the Air Force. Never has there been a prouder moment in our lives!

It seems that the nation has finally exorcised itself of the evil spirit that had possessed it for the last few years. With a few exceptions, there were no mean-spirited, ugly comments about opposing candidates. There was no name-calling to speak off. Most beautiful of all, when a candidate lost, he or she conceded gracefully. Decency prevailed all around. America is back, baby!

We were impressed by the young voters, who seemed quite engaged this election season, despite our serious reservations. It was nice to see our daughters educating themselves about the candidates, even the ones running in local elections, and about the propositions on the ballot. They were not only familiar with the pros and cons of each measure, but they had firm and decisive opinions about their yes or no votes. Where they had questions, they were able to research quickly using their phones. There is no such thing as a “low education voter” anymore. My wife and I were so proud of them. Finally, every dollar that we had spent on their college education was paying off. Every dollar that we had paid using their financial aid money.

It seems that their main motivation started with the “my body, my choice” rallying cry. They were quite taken aback by the hypocrisy of those that were ready to fight against vaccine mandates, only to impose harsh penalties for women daring to say the same: my body, my choice. They were passionate about this voting season, because they wanted to make a difference. That, there, is the true spirit of voting, and of democracy. We can make a BIG difference with our votes. I am sure the hypocrites and phonies heard them loud and clear.

My favorite part of this election is this: we finally found out that the emperor has no clothes. I have wondered for a while now why so many of us look towards a bully, a narcissist, and a

delusional individual as if he is an important and powerful figure, when in reality, he is a greedy, vengeful, and vindictive swindler. He uses every opportunity to enrich himself by fleecing the flock that still carries a torch for him. He lies about everything, boasts about his non-existent greatness, makes childish decisions about matters of great importance to our nation, and he cavorts with the enemies of our state. His choices for this election show a clear lack of intelligence and I am proud to say that most of our citizens saw through his rants and no longer pay attention to him. It is about time for us to move to better leaders. As I see the looming challenges to the current leadership in both parties, I can clearly see that America is waking up from its stupor. There is no need to make America great again, it has always been great. Only, it lost its way for a short while, but it has regained its balance and is now strutting to a bigger and better future.


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