I have returned! No, I don’t have an excuse for being gone so long. I just was. So there.
Anyway, this election is CRAZY! I’m actually waking up in the middle of the night with anxiety attacks because I’m so afraid our next president is going to be… Wait, no, this isn’t the post where I talk about who I want to be president and who I really, really, really, really x infinity do NOT want to be president.
No, this post is about something else. It’s related but it’s not candidate-specific and I believe it absolutely needs to be said. Okay, here goes:
You don’t get to decide who the next president is going to be.
I mean, yeah, you get to vote and all that – but that’s it. And just because you and all of your friends support someone – it doesn’t mean the majority of the country agrees with you. They might vote for someone else. And you have to deal with it.
In fact, you could very well be in the minority every single time there is an election. And you know what happens then? Nada. You have no say in the matter at that point. Democracy has spoken and even though you are disappointed by it, it doesn’t mean it’s broken.
The political pendulum swings back and forth and will continue to do so. Probably for eternity. We’ve all had plenty of disappointments in politics. It sucks. In fact, it hurts in a very personal way. You think that the rest of the country is a huge, ignorant disappointment. And sometimes they truly are. But humanity keeps trudging along.
So, no matter who is elected in November, please save me your Not My President memes and threats to move to Canada. If you are that upset, work on education and activism (or even write a blog) and maybe the next election will go your way. But be prepared, progress happens slowly. As Martin Luther King said:
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
I have to believe this.