Warning: The following in political in nature and should not be read by anyone.
A lot of people on social media – and across the dinner table and around the proverbial water cooler and in bars across America – have said ad nauseam that they just want this election over and done with. Fin, kaput, no mas.
In many ways I agree, but it still begs the question: Do we?
Do we really want this election to come to an end? Does anyone truly believe things will get better under a new administration?
This entire election process has been a farce; a lesson is absurdity. And admit it: we are all dumber for having witnessed it, but come November 9, 2016 – be honest with yourself and ask, What will change?
Will we usher in a new era of cooperation among the major political parties? Will they set aside their differences and work together for a better America? No.
Will the American people stop adding to the divide and come together in support of the new president? Or the new Congress? Doubtful.
Will the distrust brought upon by the media, the parties or the candidates themselves – be it real or perceived – dissolve? Ha!
Will there be changes to our clearly broken political process?
You know the answer.
I’m certainly no fortune teller but I know for an absolute fact that when whomever raises their right hand and states “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States… blah, blah, blah” – half the country will post, tweet, say, scream, sign, write or at the very least think: “Oh, what a bunch of bull shit!”
There will be recounts of votes, accusations of voter fraud and threats of recall elections. Some will call for immediate impeachments.
Half the people will celebrate. Half will pack for Canada. (And despite the math being a little off, another half will still think someone’s coming after their guns.)
Barack Obama will continue to be blamed for, well, everything. George W. Bush will be somehow still be blamed for everything else.
Instead of doing anything about it, we the people will continue to bitch, blame, protest and stall for a minimum of four more years under the irrational idea that things will somehow get better then…
Odds are, they won’t.
Four more years of name calling, labeling, hating and intolerance will set this country back more than just four more years; the 2006 comedy “Idiocracy” – a pretty funny movie, by the way – will continue to evolve into a documentary.
However, I believe that things can change for the better, though it has to start with all of us and NOT with the politicians we elect.
Be nice to each other. Do the right things. Smile. Communicate. Compromise. Respect one other. Create a household, a family or even a community where there’s less politicizing and more understanding.
Oh. And the sooner we start this change, the better.
Maybe now’s a good time… (hint, hint.)