Election 2016 is probably what’s going to finally convince me to start drinking.
I feel like the entire country needs a time out. And a few people really deserve some spankings, and to have their iPads taken away.
It’s taking every ounce of restraint I have to avoid an epic sweary rant. But as I try to keep this blog in the PG/PG-13 range, I am fighting the urge.
It’s been bad enough to see and hear the kinds of things people are willing to accept from those running for office. And I’m not singling anyone out here. Both sides are guilty.
Although I have to say that Hillary Clinton herself is doing a fairly decent job of acting dignified, regardless of what her people are doing in the background. When word came out yesterday that a North Carolina GOP office was firebombed, Clinton and Trump each tweeted. Here’s how that went:
How politics is suppose to work. pic.twitter.com/qwkjLYGykt
— Dusty (@DustinGiebel) October 16, 2016
Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning @NCGOP
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
But the worst part of the story yesterday wasn’t how the candidates reacted to the firebombing. It was how a bunch of jerks on Twitter reacted.
So what happened was, news broke about the bombing. Thankfully no one was hurt. And in a year where we are more divided than probably since like 1864, Democrats made a huge effort at solidarity yesterday when they started a Go Fund Me to raise money to help the NC GOP rebuild.
We desperately need more of this.
Except that a whole lot of people took to social media to condemn anyone and everyone who donated money, decrying the “racist GOP” and the “transphobic Republicans.”
You don’t have to agree, but be a decent human being, for crying out loud.
I know we’ve ALL seen the fighting on Facebook. Some of us have even contributed to it. I mean, not YOU, obviously, but other people.
People who love each other are fighting over defending Trump or supporting Hillary or why the media will cover this story and not that one.
Last week, I received a tear-filled phone call from a dear friend who was worried about a fight she’d just had with her boyfriend over the Trump Tapes. After he said some things she hadn’t expected, she wondered if she knew him at all.
(They’ve worked things out and everything is fine. Thankfully.)
I’ve heard things from my own family members that have shocked me.
There are tales of friends unfriending each other, and in real life too, not just on Facebook.
I’m losing my mind with the insanity and the total breakdown of relationships in this election year.
I will never forget September 12, 2001. I’ve never seen our country as unified as it was that day. I was in a class that semester called Political Behavior and we had a conversation about the short attention span of people in general. In that class, we talked about how eventually people would forget to be united. We would forget how we felt. We would forget that we loved each other and that we wanted to protect one another.
My classmates and I meant in a generation or so.
We didn’t realize we meant just fifteen years.
The worst part of Election 2016 isn’t that, in the end, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is going to be President.
The worst part is…how will we be able to speak to each other after the election is over? How do we move forward? How do we find a way not to hate one another permanently?
Is there any hope that we get through this unscathed?