Ohmygod, it’s happened. The bad guy’s won the election, and Armageddon is at hand, or at least right around the corner. The legendary Chinese curse is about to come true. It seems we are about to live in interesting times indeed, though whether it’s for good or bad remains to be seen.
As I write this column three days after the election, FB is going wild with gloom and doom, and there have been raucous protests in dozens of American cities. I thought that Hillary was the better of two bad choices, but half of America disagreed with me, and perhaps you do, too. Whatever the case, I have made a decision. Despite my qualms, I’m just going to wait and see.
I have a Ph.D. in English, but before I pursued that area of study, I majored in Political Science. This is one reason I have found the past fifteen months to be so fascinating. Honestly, as a writer, I would not have had the imagination to make this stuff up. Dangerous Donald and Crooked Hillary, need I say more? Would any of us ever have believed that such a thing could happen? Truly, this election has been one for the ages, and I doubt it will ever be equaled.
But then, you never know. Politics, like religion, is often excessive, outlandish, and larger than life, resembling a circus in many ways. Just consider the hoopla and streamers at a national convention. The title of Edwin O’Connor’s classic novel, The Last Hurrah, captures some of the flavor of politics. We look at our national standard bearers and feel exalted with them.
Politics is a dangerous subject to discuss with others. Indeed, it competes with religion for being the most dangerous of all, a verbal powder keg. Even an innocent remark can set folks off. During the past few days, I’ve witnessed violent exchanges on Facebook, and Unfriending others has become a common practice. Some Americans have even taken steps to move to Canada because The Donald won.
Ultimately, I hope that the American tradition of a peaceful change or exchange of power will continue. May God bless us all, and may we always elect the right leaders.
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