This election season has been nothing less than a 5-ring circus. On the right, we had Donald Trump of all people spew lies about his opponents and whine about not being treated fairly until he wore everyone else down. On the left, we were told to vote for Hillary Clinton because it was her turn.
Across the country neighbors and communities have been divided because they all see this election as a vote against the other side instead of a vote for their side. Many see this as the most important election of our lifetime because of gun control, abortion, gay rights, and religious freedom. If Trump gets elected we’ll be pulled into a new Cold War with Russia. If Clinton wins she’s coming for our guns. With Trump at the helm we’ll finally get much needed immigration reform. We should elect Clinton because she’s all about equality and women’s rights. Blah blah blah.
Then, you have people like me who have resigned themselves to one truth: No matter who wins America is screwed for the next four years.
In 2008 and 2012 those who favored Republicans were being told Obama was the Anti-Christ; he’s an un-American socialist hell-bent on destroying the country. We were all told he was a closet Muslim who preferred practitioners of Islam over Christians. Those who favored the Democrats were told Republicans were going to take away food stamps, social security, and Medicare. You were told to believe that because Mitt Romney was wealthy he didn’t understand the poor.
Seeing as hindsight is 20/20, I can say for sure that Obama and the Republicans, as bad as they have been, didn’t blow up the country. No one was put into FEMA camps; po’ folks still have their food stamps; and, despite conservative efforts, women are still free to kill their babies and call it birth control. On top of that, gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states.
I would say from an optimistic perspective, our nation is still standing. I predict that, no matter who wins tonight, America will still be here in the morning. Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Tumblr will likely be bathed in flames. But, complete anarchy is highly unlikely given how much we hate it when our stuff gets busted.
So, as the votes are counted and America is yet again on the cusp of another historic election, remember your friends and family. Dirty rotten politicians don’t know you and don’t care to know you. The only thing they have in mind is money, power, and influence. They don’t care if their crappy laws and regulations make us suffer so long as they don’t suffer. The only way they know to win is by dividing the public and pitting us against each other.
Don’t be mad if your guy (or girl) doesn’t win. Don’t curse the gods or wish death on the media (even though they deserve to jailed for election rigging). Just get up tomorrow and do as you have always done: go to work, love you kids, curse your lazy-ass baby daddy, and be glad it’s humpday. Forget about all the political noise and look forward to the weekend. The weather in Georgia will be dry but beautiful.
I promise we’ll be having this conversation again in four more years. I just hope that’s enough time for the country to chill, heal, and stop worshiping politicians.