adBlockCheck

Traumatized Nation Terrified To Make Its Voice Heard In Another Election

Top Headlines

Politics

Area Man Unsure If He’s Male-Bonding Or Being Bullied

Perplexed local man Russell Chambliss has no idea if the coworkers seated with him at Malone’s Irish Tavern are attempting to forge a male bond with him or cruelly harassing him, the 26-year-old shipping clerk told reporters Wednesday evening.

The Arguments For And Against Bernie Sanders Staying In The Race

Bernie Sanders is ramping up his efforts in the presidential race despite long odds, while sharpening his criticisms of a Democratic Party increasingly focused on the general election with Hillary Clinton as their presumptive nominee. Here are the arguments for and against Sanders staying in the race

Donald Trump’s Campaign: Myth Vs. Fact

Donald Trump’s political positions, personal history, and potential governing style have been the subject of much debate throughout the 2016 election. The Onion separates myth from fact in this breakdown of Trump’s campaign:

Report: Well, Here We Go

WASHINGTON—With Donald Trump’s two remaining GOP rivals suspending their candidacies and clearing a path for the billionaire businessman to assume the Republican presidential nomination, reports indicated Wednesday that, well, hoo boy, here we go.

Ted Cruz Dressed For Campaign Rally By Swarm Of Loyal Vermin

INDIANAPOLIS—In what has reportedly become a daily routine on the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz stood alone in the center of his hotel suite Tuesday morning where he was carefully dressed and groomed by a swarm of loyal vermin.

How The GOP Plans To Stop Trump

In response to Donald Trump’s growing presidential primary lead, here’s how Republican Party leaders are ramping up efforts to prevent him from getting enough delegates to win the nomination outright.

It Unclear Why Thousands Of Loud, Chanting Trump Supporters Gathering Outside Arena In Iowa

‘There’s No Event Here, But They Keep Coming,’ Say Concerned Stadium Staff

DES MOINES, IA—Noting that the Republican presidential candidate had not announced any plans to visit Iowa since the state held its caucus 11 weeks ago, baffled sources reported Wednesday that it remains unclear why thousands of loud, cheering Donald Trump supporters are gathering outside the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Obama Caught Trying To Jump White House Fence

WASHINGTON—The White House was briefly placed on lockdown Friday morning after “an addled and emotionally distraught” President Obama was reportedly caught trying to scale the North Lawn fence, the third such attempt this year, Secret Service officials confirmed.

FBI Convinces George Clooney To Wear Wire During Clinton Fundraising Dinner

SAN FRANCISCO—In an effort to gather evidence in their investigation of the presidential candidate’s alleged misuse of her private email server when she served as secretary of state, members of the FBI reportedly convinced actor George Clooney to wear a hidden listening device Friday night while attending a campaign fundraising dinner with Hillary Clinton.
End Of Section
  • More News
Up Next

Traumatized Nation Terrified To Make Its Voice Heard In Another Election

Experts say that most voters become overwhelmed by deep-rooted feelings of pain, shame, and panic at the sight of a ballot.
Experts say that most voters become overwhelmed by deep-rooted feelings of pain, shame, and panic at the sight of a ballot.

WASHINGTON—Citing decades of repeated indignities and post-electoral trauma, Americans from across the political spectrum reported Wednesday that they were terrified at the prospect of making their voices heard in another nationwide vote.

The U.S. electorate, whose choices on Nov. 4 will determine who occupies 36 spots in the Senate and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, expressed a looming sense of dread that no matter what the outcome of their actions, it would be a cruel and degrading experience with painful repercussions—just as it’s been year after year after year.

“When Americans go to the polls on Election Day, they will once again be in a state of abject fear, knowing exactly what kind of excruciating ordeal they’re in for,” said Paula McDermott, a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, adding that voters were not so much willing participants in the electoral process as they were victims trapped in an endless cycle of abuse. “Nevertheless, they will elect a new set of lawmakers and brace themselves for the agony that awaits them, because this is what they’ve learned to do.”

“These are extremely damaged individuals,” she continued. “You can see it on their faces as they cast their ballots.”

McDermott pointed out that signs of past suffering are obvious among the voting public, ranging from their generalized anxiety while waiting in line at polling places to a tendency to sweat uncontrollably as they enter the booth. Moreover, she said, many are so overwhelmed by a flood of unbearable memories as they cast their ballots that they appear in a daze, as if attempting to numb themselves to the pain they know is coming.

According to McDermott, many voters have become so beaten down by the recurring torment that they arrive early to their polling location, shut the voting booth curtain behind them, and mark their selections as quickly as they can just to get the horrific process over with as soon as possible.

“When I think back to past years—whether it’s ’86, ’88, ’94, ’02, ’04, 2010, or 2012—I realize that pretty much every time I’ve spoken up, I’ve been badly hurt,” said Dayton, OH resident Kellan Avery, adding that the mere thought of scanning a list of candidates and selecting one filled him with a profound sense of terror. “You want to voice your opinion, you really do, but as soon as you say your piece—wham!—they slap you right back down again. And these people are supposed to be there for us. It just…it breaks you down.”

“And the thing is, it never ends,” he added. “The cycle just keeps going on and on. Do you have any idea how deeply that can devastate a person?”

Voters said they understood their obligation to further the democratic process, but observed that their efforts to stand up for themselves inevitably come back to haunt them. For some, even seeing campaign ads on television or hearing the words “I approve this message” reportedly triggers a wave of pain and guilt they are not prepared to deal with and had hoped never to experience again.

“Despite their fear and mistrust, most citizens still go through the motions of speaking up, even though they know they will be harmed,” said McDermott, describing the ingrained behavior as a kind of coping mechanism that is “almost like a reflex” by now. “After all these years, they’ve learned to just put themselves through the paces no matter how brutal it is, deal with the consequences, and simply try to move on with their lives.”

“This is all they know,” she added.

Sign up For The Onion's Newsletter

Give your spam filter something to do.

X Close