Let me start off by saying that I did not vote for either a Republican or a Democrat in this previous election. I see myself as a bystander who opposes the two-party system, and I have some observations to make about how the people I know have changed in the past month.
Whereas Fox News used to employ fear mongering as a way to boost its ratings, I see that NPR, the network stations, CNN, MSNBC and the other left-leaning media outlets are now doing the same thing. The news stories of the latter group are all finding negative angles about the presidency that they clearly forgot to mention this time last year.
For example, NPR mentioned how the president’s trips to Florida were costing the tax payers extra because of added security needed. I can’t imagine they ever brought this up about Obama taking trips. Fox News, on the other hand, is now glossing over the bad parts as CNN and MSNBC used to do.
This negativity is having an effect on a lot of people, especially people who spent their vote on a losing party.
Most of the people whom I know who didn’t like Obama are religious people. They saw Obama’s policies as offensive to their right to practice religion; take for example the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor. After 8 years of not hearing the mainstream news media cover issues in a balanced way, the people on the right learned to ignore the news or seek the other side of the story somewhere else. Unfortunately, the dumbed-down Fox News was the only place some of them knew where to turn. In addition to learning to ignore the news, being religious people, they also knew how to place their hope and trust into something higher than U.S. politics. There was a certain calm that I don’t see in the other side now.
I know a lot of people who loved Obama who have no clue that the mainstream media is biased in their favor. They laugh at that. Many of them have been placated or put to sleep over the past 8 years and have no idea how we got this new megalomaniac as our president. In addition, most of the people I know on the left are not religious people. Many, not all, lack that understanding that there are powers higher (much higher) than any earthly government. So the combination of being rudely awoken and a lack of the virtue of hope has had a painful impact on their lives.
This is not a time to be reactive. It is a time to be reflective. Go to church, pray, meditate…whatever you do. If you don’t know how, then ask someone you know who appears to be happy how he or she does it. The only demons we can fight are the ones within ourselves, and they are delighted that so many people have lost their sense of joy.