The crisp air signals the end of the summer weather for most of us, especially in the North East, because we are starting to see the color of the leaves change to brilliant hues of red, yellow and orange. The farmer’s markets are overflowing with the harvest of the growing season and kids are frolicking in the pile of leaves you recently raked up. Pumpkin patches are ablaze with the color of thousands of those round pumpkins used to make carved Jack-o-Lanterns and some may actually use those pumpkins to make wonderful fall favorites like pumpkin soup.
We begin to hang out more inside especially at night when the thermometer begins to dip lower and lower. Many of us begin to light the fires in our fireplaces, wood stoves or turn on our furnaces or other heating devices. Yes, this is the time of year we like to call Harvest Season.
The season of plenty. The season of apple picking. The season of spiced cider. The season of cute little ghouls and goblins and this is even the season of politics. The season of politics? Yes, the season of politics. You see this is when we should take stock of our political harvest because we planted the political seeds long ago and now it is time for us to harvest what we sowed.
Back in the year 2011, some four to five million registered Republicans did not vote in the presidential election and, by them not voting, it was actually like casting a vote for Barack Obama. We The People are now reaping what we sowed that November because many of us find that this is a rotten harvest.
This is a harvest that has turned into our season of discontent. As kids we may have hated to eat our peas, broccoli, and carrots but now as adults we are having to eat the likes of Obamacare, higher taxes, more terrorist activity, and the war on cops.
The harvest is not yet done giving us the bounty from farmer Obama because we have more distasteful political veggies to come. We The People will have to swallow things like higher taxes, unimaginable national debt, a stagnant economy, high real unemployment, greater world instability, and the list goes on and on. We have all of this because some of us decided not to vote because we did not have the sweet tasting candidate that we wanted.
Now we must deal with the sour taste of the real world and not only harvest what we sowed but now we must also eat what we harvest.
Let that sink in as this political season heats up. So we can either choose to sow good stock for a grand and tasty harvest in 2016 or we can, as we did back in 2011, not vote and end up with bitter, sour, nasty tasting politics and relive that awful harvest all over again for the next four or five years.
The choice is yours, America. I frankly like the tastier political veggies. So do me a favor and don’t force me to eat political lima beans again.