Now, we can all relax...

November 9, 2012 

It’s over. Take a deep breath. Let it out. Find your happy place.

And for God’s sake, stop panicking.

After the final call was made on all the major television network news stations, I started to feel a real sense of emergency among some Republicans.

Then, of course, many people just lost their minds.

In reading Facebook that night, I was under the impression we were in for some sort of Y2K fallout on Nov. 7. Businesses would close, the lights would be shut off, gas, water and essentials would be unavailable. It would be mass hysteria.

Of course, we all woke up Wednesday and … things were fine. The sun came out. People still had their guns, their jobs and (most of) their savings.

The stock market took a beating. But it will rebound. It always does.

What I noticed the most, though, was how much those screaming right-wingers sounded like the screaming left-wingers from just eight short years ago.

After Election Day 2004, you would have thought we were going to slip into anarchy.

The Democrats could just not fathom how on earth we elected George W. Bush to, gasp, another term in the White House.

War, famine, drought, frogs falling from the sky … it was surely all to follow.

Thank God I didn’t have Facebook back in 2004 so I could save myself from even more agony.

What I truly don’t understand is why people let the President of the United States dictate their own personal happiness.

Look, I get that the government shouldn’t control our lives and we certainly shouldn’t have to rely on them for much. But Lord, put that same philosophy into play every four years.

The President has so little to do with our day-to-day lives, getting bent out of shape when an election doesn’t go your way is a colossal waste of your good energy.

Barack Obama has never made me happy or sad. Neither has Bush (either of them) or Clinton. Well, sure, Clinton was entertaining. But he didn’t dictate my state of being in early November.

This frenzy over Obama’s re-election is maddening to me.

That irritation is much better aimed at Congress.

Obama is one man. There are 535 representatives doing little for us in Washington, D.C. I hold them much more accountable.

In the meantime, step away from the ledge.

Our country is largely run by average citizens with jobs who pay taxes.

Be the change that our elected officials refuse to be, and we will be just fine.

John Beaudoin is the publisher of the Cass County Democrat Missourian. To comment, call 816-380-3228 or e-mail

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