Before I begin, let it be known that I do not identify with neither the Democratic party nor the Republican party. Throughout my adulthood, I have voted for candidates from different sides of the aisle. And like a lot of my fellow Americans, I, too, thought both of this year’s main contenders were outrageously unfit to be Prez.
It has been an election unlike any we’ve seen before. Clinton and Trump set the precedent with their charming attack ads and ridiculous campaign rhetoric. From there, we saw pretty crappy journalism. And then, we watched in horror as adults in our very own social circles acted like fools on social media. It really did feel like the political apocalypse that just would not end. We’ve endured 18+ months of incessant ads, flashy clickbait, groan-worthy debates, fancy pantsuits, erratic tweets – and that was basically just the prelude.
But beyond all the nasty women, pussy-grabbing, crooked Hillaries, orange turd/tangerine/insert ridiculous adjective to describe Trump here: ______, etc., I think there is some sunshine to relish on the other side of this politically-languished rainbow. Indulge me for a minute or two, will you?
- The death of the Super PAC (?)
…well, hopefully. Thanks to both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, I think future politicians are going to have a lot more to answer to in regard to how their campaigns are funded. Here are two politicians that made it to the national political arena sans big dollars from special interests groups. (I’m talking to you, NRA/Wall Street/Big Pharma!) This is huge (yuge?). Even if you are a devout Trump hater, this is one thing about him you ought to stand behind. Time will tell as to whether he keeps his promise to ensure politics and big business sleep in separate bedrooms, but it was certainly refreshing to witness Trump and Sanders break the cycle and denounce the concept of Super PACs.
(Need a breakdown of how PACs and Super PACs work? Read this.)
- What doesn’t kill you…
…you know the rest 🙂 I pray to God our country doesn’t face an election as divisive as the one we just swallowed. And if we do, well, we’ve got this lovely, thespian chapter to refer back to I guess. We gulped – and it hurt going down. But we got through it. And while the smoke from anti-Trump signs and “Make America Great Again’ hats is still wafting about, I think there’s something to be said about the way we go about things here in America. We go all in here. We play from our heart.
- The people have awoken.
I was really hoping to see record-breaking numbers in terms of how many people turned out to vote this year. That didn’t really happen. So that’s the bad news. But the good news: This election got people talking. Amiright? It is painful to see ignorant Facebook statuses and horrendous journalism but overall, the fact that people care at all is a hell of a lot better than not paying any attention.
From Trump supporters to Hillary supporters and everyone in between, our ears are perked. We’re all asking the same question: What will happen next? You have more eyes on you than ever before, Washington. Don’t screw this up.
Thoughts? Comment below.