Friday, November 14, 2014

Pain and Angst of Elections

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Get out the vote!!
A hard fought campaign had raged for the past few months.  Opponents laughed and greeted each other affably, even providing a few fist bumps for the viewers.

Smiles continued until the debate.  Questions revealed the two snarling beasts within.  A week before the election, mud-slinging began, followed by character assassination.  

Voting Day came, with sighs of relief from both sides and the candidates.

The ballots were carefully counted, while candidates waited anxiously for THE announcement.  Then it came.

Principal Brook’s voice crackled through the PA:  “For the Fifth Grade President is Billy Hopkins and Vice-President Jimmy Rogers.  Let’s all congratulate Billy and Jimmy for such a great campaign.”

Crackle…hiss… and then silence.


Mr. Harman cleared his throat.  “Well, then.  Open your books to page twenty…”



30 comments:

  1. Democracy is grass roots. Well done, young men.

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    1. Each took the issues to the people. They spoke.

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  2. Loved this, Susan.

    I truly hope that school elections have not taken any cues from their adult(?) counterparts.

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    1. I don't know. It can get pretty nasty even at that grade level.

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  3. Let's hope that President Hopkins can unite the classroom :)

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  4. this brought back old old memories---when i was in probably 6th grade i was a campaign manager :)

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    1. Campaign manager? There must have been some serious campaigning.

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  5. Playground politics encapsulted. Well done.

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    1. I can't wait until they get to Middle School.

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  6. Fascinating story. Something to think about.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Elections and involvement in government starts at a cycle . Some move onto bullying, others continue life as noraml.

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  7. I wonder whether the mud-slinging and character assassination is innate - or learned...

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  8. Real politics is a devious, underhanded, slimy element of our society, but someone's got to do it I suppose. Why can't more decent people become involved. Oh, for the innocence of school class politics--or maybe that where the nastiness really begins.

    This recent election I think just about every candidate I voted for lost. That's the story of my voting life.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. If only elections were transparent, funds limited, campaigning time strictly kept to 6 months, etc. etc.

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  9. The only school campaign slogan I remember was, "Vote for Jacques. He will support you." Cute story, Susan!

    Julie

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  10. I wonder if Billy and Jimmy will do a better job than most other politicians?
    We didn't have such things when I was in school.

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    1. We did not either. In the early 90s, suddenly 3rd graders and up had a student council, then class presidents, etc. Why, I don't know. It became a battleground of popularity.

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  11. We didn't do this stuff back in Sweden when I was a kid. We just went to school. We had a very excellent sports program, but no teams that competed with other schools, no cheerleaders, no homecoming, no mean girls, no clicks, nothing like that. We just studied. We did have bands and school dances, but that was after schools on Saturday nights. I have no idea if this was good or bad. It certainly was different.

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    1. Oh, that was excellent. Friendship and academic success were more important than the political correctness.

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  12. Greetings human, Susan,

    I just read your pawsting to my human, Gary. It made him recall how he was elected Grade 8 pawsident, um president, way back when. Evidently, every girl in grade 8 voted for him. Well, that's what he likes to think.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny :)

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  13. Mud slinging 5th graders... Reminds me, it's back to work tomorrow...

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!