No two parts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania are the same. That I know for sure. What I did not know was how representative these diverse parts were of the whole country. Nor did I see the power which my home county apparently holds, as we have been dubbed the county that will determine this year’s presidential election. Anderson Cooper did a whole segment on Bucks County's powerful position this week. As a Bucks resident, I cannot help but find this viral news clip a big deal. Here are my thoughts, unfiltered, as I watched.
How did I miss Anderson Cooper and company wandering around Bucks?
Well, it appears it is because they only visited one small town. Thanks, Anderson, I thought we were cool.
Look at those baked goods. Those brownies look amazing.
In all honesty I had to pause the video to get a snack.
Bucks County accurately represents America as a whole as much as I accurately represent Beyoncé.
Yes, Bucks County is very diverse. It is full of many different communities, and I stand by my statement that no two parts are alike. However, this is nothing close to a representation of all of the communities that make up this country. Just because my county splits almost 50/50 Democrats to Republicans does not mean we are a snow globe for the entire country. This is the worst part of the video for me: The country as a whole is nothing like my hometown. I live here and I would know.
Just because you traditionally vote for a certain party does not mean you have to support that party’s candidate.
You just do not have to.
This is an awful lot of pressure to put on Bucks.
We are looking at a county that does absolutely terribly with any kind of media attention. Usually (and unfortunately) this attention comes from a tragedy, such as a fatal car accident. We never know what to do when the Philadelphia Area news crews come in. Labeling this area the “deciding” county in this election, an election that already has a behemoth of media coverage, will only lead to more media coverage the community will probably handle terribly.
***I better use my absentee ballot and make sure my vote is counted in my hometown.
As I prepare to leave for college, I realized that I need to take advantage of the absentee ballot. If I have a chance to vote in the county that will determine this election, I will.
Please, Bucks County college students: Set up your absentee ballots now. Make sure your vote will be counted at home. Your vote counts.