With the 2010 Mid-term elections less than a work week away, coverage on the subject has been overflowing from various news outlets. One thing I heard while watching television was an ad for election night coverage. The ad called this election season ‘the historic 2010 mid-term elections’. This got me wondering if these elections are really historic or if anything should even be called historic before they are, in fact, history.
Dictionary.com defines historic as well known or important in history. Well, I guess election day 2010 could turn out to be a real important day in history, but it probably won’t be. My reasoning for this is that things that people tend to build up usually disappoint.
Take for instance Christmas. Sure, Christmas day is wonderful, but the build up to Christmas day is really the best part of the whole thing. With homes being lit by lights and decorations, sales in stores, specials on TV, an excuse to drink Egg Nog and get drunk, ect..The anticipation gets the better of us and after the wait is over you feel awful. It just wasn’t as good as you made it out to be and now you have nothing to look forward to. Except New Years Eve and New Years Eve is possibly the worst night of the year (it has a slight edge over your birthday).
With cable news pundits talking up these elections it has become abundantly clear to me that they are just going to mean absolutely nothing in the scheme of things. The balance of power in Washington will stay relatively the same. Politicians who claim to be unlike the person they campaigned against will fall victim to the same temptations as everyone else who holds office. Dogs will not live with cats and smart alec babies will still deserve to be pushed from their height chairs.
This is just how things are and no matter how hard we tell ourselves that we’re going to see something remarkable occur, we still won’t. All we’re seeing is a repeat of something that has already happened. History repeats itself and we’re stuck watching reruns on loop.
I suggest just taking a seat and getting comfortable. Nothing to see here.