EPS (justeps) wrote,
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Christmas in November

I remember when the Christmas season started the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend. Not before Halloween, and certainly not before Labor Day. But, for the past couple of years, Christmas merchandise has started showing up for sale in stores in August. So, by the time December rolls around, I'm thoroughly sick of it. It's hard to get into the holiday spirit when it's fall-that-feels-like-summer, yet Market Street is adorned with giant white-LED snowflakes.

Election Day has become the new Christmas. No, not just because the day after is a huge letdown. The campaigning has gone on and on for months. Unbelievable amounts have been spent this year on political advertising. I've been afraid to open my mailbox, or turn on the TV, because I know both are just waiting to smother me with more lies and half-truths.

It's over! It's over! It's finally over! We'll try to pretend we're happy — the Giants just won the World Series, after all — but the reality is going to sink in soon enough. Some of yesterday's lackluster candidates will come back as tomorrow's lousy politicians. Once so eager to pander for our votes, now they won't give us the right time of day (that is, until they want to raise money again). They'll spend the next two years kissing up to the lobbyists and special interests they really represent. Can I have a "Bah, Humbug?" Amen.

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