The presidential election is happening today and many are quaking in their boots. People are cowering in the corner, listening to the radio with bated breath, wondering if there is going to be a tomorrow. It’s like Y2K all over again with proclamations of imminent disaster and chaos, water supplies are dwindling, stock markets are shaky and folks are gearing up for computer crashes and a zombie apocalypse. It’s a presidential election to end all elections. It’s great it’s finally over since it was the longest, dirtiest, most horrendous campaign in the history of American politics. Mudslinging, scandals, accusations complete with a misogynistic bastard as a forerunner, and as unfathomable as that seems, there it is. Right there. People are scratching their heads in bewildered amazement thinking how did we let this happen? Ask the residents of the states. See the people at his rallies. Watch the speeches.
The train wreck that is happening just south of our Canadian border is hard to watch, but also impossible not to. It affects us too. We are like a member of the family, the little brother with the cute haircut and the affable personality. The kid that gets the shit flung his way, but still manages to smile. He’s polite and nice to a fault, has enough room at his table for everyone, tolerant and respectful to others with differing backgrounds and has some gas in the tank if you need a ride to the rink on a cold day or a run to Timmy’s after a snowstorm or five. Oh, sure he has his flaws, he has trouble with the bullies at school who continue to bring drugs and guns and he tries to talk some sense into the senior kids who want to riot about unfair treatment and long wait times at the ER, but that’s how it goes. Not everybody is perfect. At least he tries hard and wants to ‘do the right thing’ the majority of the time.
His big brother has more problems and more issues and more guns and more…just, more everything. And with a bloated ego maniac waiting to take the reins, the affable little brother is trying hard to grin and bear it, but it’s getting increasingly difficult. Fear is bubbling just below the surface along with trepidation and the knee-jerk reaction to shut it down. Shut down the openness that would possibly allow the intolerant, self-centred misogynistic attitude seep into the psyche of the well-adjusted little brother. Shut down any remote possibility that the ego maniac has any chance of negatively influencing the little brother’s sensitive and altruistic being. Just Shut. It. Down.
Good luck to our neighbours to the south. I hope democracy wins and you all are happy with your decision.
Just, don’t kick us under the dinner table…