There seems to be some misguided euphoria that the election has basically come to an end culminating in today’s voting – almost an audible national sigh of relief.
When a friend related their personal relief in no uncertain terms with what some would refer to as colorful language I suggested that the carnival hasn’t struck their tents and left town yet – that there are more performances to come.
The media has milked the entire election season for all it’s worth and they’re not about to let go yet – there will be stories upon stories, ruminations about what it all means, and should Trump lose they will flock to him and hang on his every word for months in some sort of sado-masochistic attraction.
Republicans rather than acknowledging that the best interests of the nation is to seek compromise and common ground, to find a way to make things work, will rail on and obstruct for the next four years – it’s what they do, it’s symptomatic of what appears to be a genetically encoded ignorance.
I don’t have any sympathy for for those who vote for Hillary – they’re going to look more than a little ridiculous spending the next four years walking around with a clothespin on their nose while offering up lame excuses.
A revealing state of affairs and decline in the political process that the “best” that could be offered was Trump or Clinton – rather than pin an I Voted on their chest the electorate should be universally wearing a black arm band expressing a day of national mourning.
Democracy requires choice, a real choice, not the coercion of “the lesser evil”, not blind allegiance to a party, or throwing the baby out with the bathwater merely to elect a woman, any woman.
When mighty Casey struck out there wasn’t any joy in Mudville as the story goes – I don’t see much cause for celebration on this election day, tomorrow, or for the next four years regardless of who wins.
The polls are still open as the tension mounts but my belief is Hillary will win, primarily because I can’t bring myself to believe there exists enough lunacy in this country to elect Trump – Clinton’s bad enough as it is.