Just for the record, it's 9:50 on election night, and I haven't looked at the results. In all likelihood, we'll have a clear winner tomorrow. I pretty strongly disagree with one of the candidates, and I very strongly disagree with the other, though I respect both of them as human beings and will have reverence for the one - at least reverence for the lawful orders and a mild reverence for the official acts - of the one who takes office.
You heard me right.
I'm going to look for a bumper sticker that says, in big print, "[Fill in the blank] is my president," and in little tiny letters, "even though I don't agree with him about much." You may not have guessed it but I'm not real enthusiastic about either choice that was presented. One guy promised to tax the bejeezus out of us to pay for all sorts of new programs - at least arguably a feasible plan, though the specifics were never made clear and his pals look sketchy. The other guy promised all sorts of new programs, along with tax cuts - one or the other of those definitely wouldn't make the starting lineup - and while his associates look fine, on things other than basic courtesy and defense policy, his instinct seems to be (a) don't worry about it; or, (b) do whatever people urge you not to do.
Ultimately it doesn't really matter to me. We're all on the same life raft, and we'll sink or swim together. I'm not going to have a four year temper tantrum, as was the style for many people in '96, '00, and '04. Whatever the result, it's done, let's live with it and get on with our lives. Write letters, vote, protest, you name it. Let's just leave the apocalyptic talk and the overwrought arguments at home though, 'kay? If you take politics a little less seriously and lower your expectations of what it can do for you, I think you'll find a better class of people will be drawn to politics. On the other hand, if every issue is a life-or-death struggle, you'll basically be putting up recruiting posters for people who can turn an argument over marginal tax rates into a fight comparable in scope and moral impact to Martin Luther v. The Pope.
So good night, see ya in the morning, and if your side won, congrats. If not, my condolences. You're all still my countrymen, and I'd rather be stuck on this life raft with y'all, than with anybody else.