Tonawanda News


October 4, 2012

KEPPELER: Imagining America on Nov. 7

Tonawanda News — I had an odd dream last night.

I dreamed it was Election Night, 2012, and in the midst of all the hubbub on results and polls and projections that makes up the hours before the actual election is called, there came a sudden “breaking news” alert. It seemed, the serious talking heads on the news channel told us, that there had been some sort of voter misconduct discovered, and as such, the election was going to be temporarily suspended.

Cue the frenzy. Members of one party marching on the other with what I swear were the classic pitchforks and torches. (What can I say? It was a dream.) The other party fought back. Really, it doesn’t matter which was which ... the whole thing swiftly degenerated into utter chaos, anger and anarchy.

And then I woke up.

It’s not so difficult, really, to figure out where it came from. (Besides a recent story I read on voter machine weaknesses.) All I need to do is read Sound Off. Log onto Facebook. Look at Pinterest.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first time I voted in a presidential election (yeah, go ahead, do the math), hence the sixth time I’ll do so. That’s not such a great span of time in the overall scheme of things, but when I look at Election Day 2012, I feel old. Never in all that time have I seen quite as much venom and vitriol and sheer unwillingness to entertain the viewpoint of others — not to mention the sheer amount of utter falsehood flying around.

(I hereby take a paragraph to once again promote Please take a look before you verbally pass on, email, tweet or post to Facebook any of the multitude of political claims flying around right now ... about either presidential contender. I now return you to your regularly scheduled column.)

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