I'm Antsy about the Election Today

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@bagarad (12868)
Paso Robles, California
November 6, 2018 2:41am CST
No one knows who will win. One can't trust the polls because some people don't talk to the pollsters and others don't tell the truth. I guess the only poll that really counts is the vote itself. I guess everything depends upon turnout now. We voted last week. I feel like the future of the country is hanging on what responsible people and irresponsible people decide to do. I"m on pins and needles. I'm hoping and praying we won't see any violence at the polls or any voter harassment. I hope America chooses wisely and that the country will survive and heal after the results are in. When we fight with each other we will be in no position to fight an enemy from outside the country. Divisions make us vulnerable to our external enemies. God help us. Do you care about election outcomes in your country? Or do you leave politics alone and just accept whatever happens.?
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@indexer (2122)
• Leicester, England
6 Nov
I always feel sorry for Californians when Presidential elections are held - you already know who's won before many of you get to vote. However, the midterms are different in that they are local. My understanding is that these elections are all about turnout. Nobody is campaigning to change voters' minds, only to ensure that their supporters actually vote. I always vote for what I believe in, which means never voting for a Conservative. I am a member of the Green Party, but unfortunately they don't often put up candidates where I live, so it has to be the Labour or Liberal Democrat candidate who gets my vote.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
If you lean liberal, should should love what's happening in California. No conservative has a chance to get elected or, in many races, even a way to get on the ballot.
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@myklj999 (20037)
6 Nov
Yes, I care about election outcomes, or I wouldn't bother voting, and I always vote. "I hope America chooses wisely"...I'm not quite sure what you meant by that. If their vote disagrees with yours, does that mean it wasn't wise? I've become of the view that if someone doesn't know anything about a candidate other than what party they represent, they really shouldn't vote. Voting should be done responsibly, and as an informed voter. I'm sure you don't do it, but too many people go out and do the "Oh, I don't care about them personally, I just vote for my party". And believe it or not, there are people that will cast votes for this man for Sheriff of my county...which is their right, but not very responsible...
Poor Brian gets so excited when he's talking to "Mr Rafcriff"...I think he closes his eyes so he doesn't see himself lying again...
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• Philippines
6 Nov
You have a big point there
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@indexer (2122)
• Leicester, England
6 Nov
One problem with American elections is that representatives don't appear to really represent anyone. Thanks to gerrymandering the constituencies very often don't match real communities or districts but are just down to lines drawn on a map to enclose as many of one party's supporters as possible. Under those circumstances the candidates don't matter - I don't think they act like British MPs anyway.
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• Austin, Texas
7 Nov
Election is over. The country is still standing. Listening to a press conference - media is asking Trump a bunch of questions. Everything is normal. I'm still happy to be an American, living in America. As I'm sure you are too! Happy Thanksgiving!
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• Austin, Texas
6 Nov
Yes I do care about the election outcomes in my country. No I don't just accept what happens. I asked my husband yesterday if I should I pray for the Democrats to shift the balance. He said “NO. Just pray for this country to have good leaders. That's what the Bible says.” I felt embarrassed that I had to be reminded of that scripture. I know better. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; … I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Timothy 2: 1- 8
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• Midland, Michigan
14 Nov
I don't think I realized you knew the Bible, Ms. Spinner.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
Amen to that. I think most of us aren't looking to change the world dramatically, but to retain the right to live peaceably with our fellow citizens and have the government defend us from external threats as best it can. I wish I could in good conscience go back to just living my life and forgetting politics, but I've discovered that when we don't hold politicians accountable nothing good happens. So I watch and pray and vote as intelligently as I can and, as you say, leave the outcome in God's hands, never knowing if He will bless us or finally judge us for tolerating the moral decline of the country.
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@crossbones27 (21980)
• Redlands, California
6 Nov
I am scared crap-less already started drinking forgive me for the things I say later. I just do not trust this country right now. They are in a bad way and not sure most know it.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
I hear you.
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Nov
Voting is compulsory here although you can always put in a 'donkey vote' if you are really against having your say. As an outsider, it seems to me that the country is becoming more and more divided which as you say would be a great worry.
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• Ireland
6 Nov
I didn't realise voting was compulsory in Australia. What's a 'donkey vote'?
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@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Nov
@NormanDarlo A donkey vote is an invalid vote so although those who don't want to vote may go to the polls and get their name marked off but they will make their vote invalid in some way.
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• Ireland
6 Nov
@JudyEv Thanks for explaining. I was thinking it was probably that, but with Australian slang you can never be sure! (Well, I can't anyway )
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@m_audrey6788 (17513)
• Philippines
6 Nov
I leave politics along and just accept whatever happens because no matter I want it to be nothing happens
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• Redlands, California
6 Nov
I got you, but not sure this is kind of our livelihood as the country we started. If people choose to reject freedom, its bad. I know Germany bounced back but with the help of a country that the world had never seen before and maybe egotistical but true. Wanted freedom like no other and now we seem not to care about that. I wonder if the world will help us remember that if we choose wrong. I doubt and to me that is what is missing between then and now. If this goes wrong. I think the world more or less is going to say to each their own. Survive on your own. We were not really good friends anyway.
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• Philippines
6 Nov
@crossbones27 It`s hard for me to think about politics I just hope and pray that there will be no wars anymore
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• Redlands, California
6 Nov
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@DianneN (88485)
• United States
6 Nov
I'm getting off here to go vote, because I care very much about what goes on in our country. I'm on pins and needles, too.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
Scary, isn't it? Now that it's almost over (if they ever stop trying to inf more votes in Florida) it will be interesting to see if we can come together. I'm kind of afraid some will still just keep trying to divide and bring the country down.
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@DianneN (88485)
• United States
17 Nov
@bagarad It is very scary. Hope is what we need for sure.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
@DianneN "Faith, hope and love abide, but the greatest of these is love." The Apostle Paul.
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@LadyDuck (183478)
• Switzerland
6 Nov
I live in Switzerland, but it's not my country, I cannot vote, but I see that Swiss people are mature people and always make the right choice. Italy is my country, no matter how you vote nothing changes, so I leave politics alone, I do not even live there.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
The Swiss, as far as I know, have always loved freedom and nurtured it.
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@LadyDuck (183478)
• Switzerland
17 Nov
@bagarad Switzerland has always been a Neutral country, Swiss people are mature enough to try to keep Switzerland neutral, free and independent.
• Midland, Michigan
14 Nov
I voted and I needed to remember to pray for our country more
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
Good for you. I'm praying even harder now.
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@sugartoes (43336)
• Greencastle, Indiana
6 Nov
I can't blame anyone for feeling on the edge of what the outcome is on where the voting will turn out & have NEVER voted till this year cause of what I MYSELF FEEL about how things have been going for 50 yrs so I stand with what Trump is doing & I know a lot don't like him or what he's doing but I do & I have no problem with what he's trying to get done to make america GREAT again.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
I don't like Trump's style much or condone his morality, but he's a competent leader and knows how to cut the red tape to get his agenda done. For that reason, I support him because he's attempting to do what's' right for the country.
@NormanDarlo (1208)
• Ireland
6 Nov
I think those of us who are lucky enough to live in democracies have a duty to inform ourselves of the choices available and to exercise our vote accordingly. We should vote wisely and responsibly, and not fritter away our hard-won rights by not informing ourselves of the choices available, or worse still, by not voting at all.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
Agree. Decisions should not be made by listening just to short sound bytes and slogans. Nor should voters be intimidated physically or by social pressure.
@wolfgirl569 (12195)
• Marion, Ohio
6 Nov
I am more worried that the attack will come from inside. The country has become so divided that they will soon have a reason to enforce martial law. That seems to be the plan too.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
I've often worried about that. I'm rather concerned about the multitudes carrying the flags of other countries now at the border and how that could blow up.
• China
6 Nov
I read that it is your midterm elections involving All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
And we now have mixed government and probably a stalemate in Congress. It's an interesting situation.
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@Jackalyn (7266)
• Oxford, England
6 Nov
I vote and I pray, but in the end, I leave the decisions to God. My role is to try and use my intelligence and the prompting of the holy spirit to choose the candidate who offeres the best for the country. For that reason I do not support any one particular party. A lot resides in the way the person at the top is.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Nov
Actually I think the most important offices for the average person are at the state and local level where you can actually meet the candidates and watch them in action before voting for them. It's a good way to vet the worst of them and keep them from going on to higher offices.
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@TheHorse (73732)
• Walnut Creek, California
18 Nov
I care. And I voted.