--From Kenny Powers on the HBO show "Eastbound and Down"
"Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism."
It's the day before the election. Like a lot of people in America, I'm tired of the sh**show and don't like either candidate. As a moderate Republican who likes balance and thinks the best outcomes happen when either party doesn't totally win, I'm hoping for a split of the POTUS and congressional ranks between parties.
That means I don't trust either party with the full set of keys to the car that is America. I like to think of that car as a Ford Taurus, the one with the Sirius radio included and leather seats. Not the big SUV the far right GOP thinks it is, and certainly not the Prius the far left DNC wants it to be.
The Ford Taurus is America. You want the American dream, but you just haven't got there yet. You bought a used Taurus and it runs great, doesn't look terrible and allows you to play on in pursuit of the dream while looking like you've made it a little bit.
I love Ford Taurus America.
The quote above by Kenny Powers sums up a lot of what I feel about the election cycle in America. Since I'm a Moderate Republican, I'm probably most sensitive to the far left labeling anyone who's considering the GOP POTUS candidate a xenophobe. Sometimes liberal folks do that directly, a lot of times it's thinly veiled. I'm the somewhat rare Republican who has a Facebook feed with more Democrats per capita based on what I do for a living (HR), combined with the fact that I'm friends with a lot of people who are very digital in nature (blogging community, etc).
Those democrat friends love to push the xenophobe narrative for anyone who would consider voting GOP based on the candidate. I see you, DNC friends. When you stop just short of calling republicans xenophobes, it feels like you're talking to me. That's not me. I'm just a guy with a loose affiliation to a party with a bad candidate.
Kind of like you on the Democratic side.
But back to balance. The same Facebook feed of mine has a more republicans than democrats, and my GOP friends are in a lather about the Democratic candidate. There's a reason I'm not using either candidate's name. I can't bring myself to show more trust or hate to either by naming them.
The republican side of my Facebook feed loves to show the democratic candidate in prison jumpsuits, destroying her email server, etc. Maybe some of that's true. If a career in HR has taught me anything, it's that where there's smoke, there's fire. That's true with the email servers and it's also true with the stories of harassment on GOP side.
Neither side deserves my vote. When I vote on Tuesday, I'll make a call and my vote won't be for either candidate. It will be proxy for neither party owning the POTUS and congress slots at the same time.
PS - To go back to the middle part of the quote, I honestly do feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. I'm going to feel that way on Wednesday regardless of what happens. You can label that anyway you want, but tens of millions of citizens who look nothing like me agree with that statement.
America is the best. This sh**show can't stop us.