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THE LULL BEFORE THE STORM

Posted by Tim Bryce on November 5, 2012

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Twas the night before elections and all through the house…

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Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. We have only one more day of obnoxious and slanderous television and radio ads to suffer through before we’re free, at least for two more years until the next electoral cycle begins. I’ll be curious to see how many billions of dollars was wasted, er, ah, “spent” on the media thereby making them even more glutenous and overbearing. God forbid we should spend such exorbitant sums of money on something worthwhile, such as correcting the ills of our country. I am still of the opinion that for every dollar spent on political campaigning, another dollar should be donated to a worthy charity or cause, such as paying off the federal debt. That would take the wind out of the media’s sails and actually accomplish something worthwhile to boot.

If the 2012 campaign did anything, it confirmed my belief the electoral process is horribly broken and in need of repair. I cannot think of a campaign in the last fifty years where the truth was so expertly butchered. Suddenly, “fact checkers” are a natural part of our vernacular. Remarkably, the fact checkers themselves need to be checked. The point is, nobody is credible anymore and we are suspicious of the truth regardless of how cold the facts may be. No wonder there are two distinctly different perspectives of the world. At the center of it all is the media, the true winners of the election whose best interests are served by keeping the public in the dark.

The elections on Tuesday will be the only reprieve we will have from the political madness. People will go to their precincts, vote for someone they really do not know, or for an amendment they do not understand. Some will vote based on name recognition alone, and some will vote as Oprah or Jon Stewart wanted them to. Very few will actually know what they are voting for. Yes, I still advocate the concept of voter certification.

We will go to bed proud of fulfilling our civic duty, only to wake up to a nightmare on Wednesday morning. No matter how the presidential election turns out, one half of the country will be unhappy which may very well lead to civil unrest. I remember going to bed on election night in 1976 thinking Gerald Ford had it in the bag, only to wake up to the nightmare of that peanut farmer.

So, enjoy your day off before the festivities begin; catch up on some “ZZZ,” maybe take in a movie, have a few drinks, hide your money, stock up on ammo, whatever. After this timely respite, the country is going to be a lot different, one way or another, and a lot of people are not going to like it.

Oh yea, one other thing: If you don’t vote, don’t bitch. You had your chance.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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12 Responses to “THE LULL BEFORE THE STORM”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    A P.S. of Ocala, Florida wrote…

    “Ain’t it the truth?! “

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    An S.S. of Clearwater, Florida wrote…

    “Absolutely LOVE IT!!!!!!”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “You have it exactly right, Tim “At the center of it all is the media, the true winners of the election whose best interests are served by keeping the public in the dark.”

    To borrow your phrase. . . . .Keep the faith!”

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    An A.H. of Rochester, Kentucky wrote…

    “Great insight here. “

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    An L.M. of Chicago, Illinois wrote…

    “That’s a pretty good idea about equal money contributions to debt retirement.

    Please pray for me. I’m an election judge.”

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  6. Tim Bryce said

    An U.V. of Largo, Florida wrote…

    “Last line says it all. Amen, Brother. Hope God is on our side.”

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    A W.B. of Arlington, Texas wrote…

    “Excellent advice. I will take the threatened riots and chaos in the streets in exchange for a Romney win…the best medicine for the country. I seriously doubt that there would be rioting as Obama supporters tend to be rather lazy…like the President himself. Good stuff, Tim.”

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  8. Tim Bryce said

    An O.B. of Macon, Georgia wrote…

    “Well said, my Brother, well said!!”

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  9. I will be voting for sure. While the presidential race is very important so is the Senate race here. Hoping we throw the electoral votes to Romney. Cheers, Jenn

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  10. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “Our elections have become increasingly polarized to the point where half the population will be disappointed no matter who is elected. I don’t remember there being such huge differences in party platforms in past decades.

    I like this idea “for every dollar spent on political campaigning, another dollar should be donated to a worthy charity or cause, such as paying off the federal debt.” There should be a hefty tax on political phone calls made to private homes. That tax can be used to fund the national health care program and still take the whole country on a world cruise. Politicians are exempt from the Do Not Call List, yet they are the most obnoxious of all sales callers. “

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  11. Tim Bryce said

    A C.H. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “My sentiments EXACTLY !!! Thank you and may GOD Bless us all tomorrow.”

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  12. Tim Bryce said

    A D.C. of Palm Harbor, Florida wrote…

    “”I agree that our election system is “horribly broken and in need of repair” also. Until we have meaningful campaign finance reform, both sides are held accountable for the telling of lies, a party can’t for political gain suppress the vote and all citizens take their most important civic duty seriously, then this situation will not change for the better and it will only get worse. I would gladly pay an additional fee or tax to even the playing field by supporting public financing for campaigns. Until we take the incredible amount of monies spent on these political dog and ponies shows out of the picture though, those with the most money will continue to have the loudest voices. This election is setting all kinds of new records and more than one billion dollas have been spent on media ad buys alone. I would like to see us model the British system where politicians are only allowed to campaign for six weeks and then the people decide. Unfortunately, until the American, “sheeple” stand up and say enough is enough, I’m afraid we are all in for more of the same fecaloid derivitives.””

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