Final Thoughts on the Election
So this is not something I normally do, what I mean is that while I have moments of inspiration for something to write this is a bit different. For one it is not a day I normally post an article during the week. Second, I strive to stay away from politics, mainly because I feel the type of comedy and discourse doesn’t really fit and I feel would be forced if we included politics. Finally, this is the first time in a very long time I feel I have to put my thoughts on paper. Like it is an urge or impulse that I must act on and that hasn’t happened for a while. In a way as I am going through typing this my own thoughts will start to coalesce.
So this election was contentious to say the least and let me lead off with my vote and why I voted for Hilary Clinton for President. When I was in fifth grade I had a dislike for Bill Clinton. My father was a big listener of talk radio and the clarion call from there heavily informed my opinion. I even wrote songs about my dislike for the man with all the knowledge and experience that my 11 years on this earth had given me. My opinion has softened over the years mainly because of my distaste for both parties and the vitriolic discourse that has seemed to imprison this nation since 2000.
Is Donald Trump the sign of the apocalypse? Of course not, and don’t be so melodramatic. The republic will stand and I am proud that we saw an election night that people in established media and demagogues in Washington could not wrap their head around. We as the american electorate proved that despite what anyone says or thinks, it is our vote that matters and what sets the tone for the nation. For anyone that thinks their vote doesn’t matter and that elections are coronations were proven wrong. At the very least this shows how out of touch these institutions are with the mood of the country. I hope this helps to spur a dialogue and help to create a voice of moderation rather than screaming when nobody is listening. The failure of news institutions to inform the electorate about actual issues and instead crooning over a fucking Twitter account…shame on you.
So why Hilary? Because despite my exasperation for politics I’m choosing to not throw a brick through the window and burn the store to the ground. Not because I don’t have the balls, I just think we are not at that point yet. Hilary represents most of the things I dislike about modern government. I’m talking about career politicians, money equating to speech, and the class mentality that has created an established oligarchy. These things are not what the founders were in the beginning for the most part, they were farmers and small business owners that chose to represent the people out of civic duty and not because it was a career path. Hilary was the antithesis of this and it is enough to make you take a Crying Game shower after you pull the lever. I pulled the lever because I felt there was a bigger chance for discourse with her, and our country is set up so that discourse is always possible.
Does this result disappoint me? Sure, I thought that we were on track to eradicate things like racism or sexism. and that in a generation or two our kids and grandkids would view these times as anachronistic. The way we give an embarrassed glance at the times of Jim Crow, or Japanese internment camps, our future would look and see we moved the ball. But to think that louder voices and hated sentiment is how you fight this monster is wrong. We started bus boycotts and said we have a dream to change the country, and it worked. We marched in peace and spoke with measure to end Vietnam. Read this passage here:
“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another and assume among the powers of the earth, the separate but equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to separation.”
That is how we declared war over 240 years ago. With beautiful calligraphy and measured prose, we declared revolution. Not by screaming “Fuck England” then picking up a musket. If you think that violent protest and gunfire is how you change the world ask Al Queda how it is working out for them. Talking and debating is how we create change, no matter the size of the group. So if you really are so disheartened by the election, then do what you can to make sure you are heard when it comes to what you care about. But do it with kindness and without malice for your opposition, that is how we change the tone and come together as a country.
Stan Lee always refered to DC comics as “our distinguished competition” in letters and notes, that is the spirit we need in politics. Disagree but don’t hate, that is why we are where we are, and there are things to blame for it. I don’t need to get into them but you know what they are. At the end we all want what we think is best for our nation so hug and shake the hand of those who oppose you because we are and always have been good people and a great country. We came together on September 11, 2001 to heal and help and I saw a country I was so proud of, it is still there.
We are a nation with so many ideas and that is where we have strength, it is finding compromise from those ideas that make our nation great. We don’t live in a world where everyone is one-hundred percent satisfied, we were never meant to be. Like a marriage it is about coming together and talking about what is best for us as a whole, not who wins in an argument. And also like a marriage when it is over despite how you feel about the debate you still care for the other side and don’t wish them harm or disaster because that would affect you too.
I feel better about this whole thing and if you have made it to this point thank you for hearing me out. I have hope an optimism for my country and I think this will bring about fundamental changes in our national conversation. So whomever you voted for, thank you for making your voice heard. And to the established media and political system, fuck you and wake up because this is what happens when you think you are more important than we the people.
Richard is the other half of the bromance team and is the self confessed geek of the duo. Whether it is pontificating on the merits of Star Wars or going on a rant about why Batman is so much better than Superman he loves to flex that muscle. With Shawn he takes to the mic and hopes that he isn’t awkward enough for you to stop listening.
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