Did you know that 2016 is being forecast to be the longest year in recent history? Scientists are now speculating that 2016 will last up to three years in length due to formerly unsuspecting forces such as vitriol, bloviating, and even some wailing and gnashing of teeth.
It’s an election year here in the United States. More than that, it is a Presidential election year. After a fairly contentious 8-year run, a new Chief Executive will gain the privilege to call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue both home and work. The contest started early with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas declaring his intention to run in March of 2015. And it only got stranger from there.
We are now a little more than 7 months away from casting our votes in November, and the way forward is no more clear now than it was last March. This post was not written to make that any more clear. It certainly was not written to support one candidate over another. It was written purely because I am tired.
I was given some advice recently to write for myself, to not be afraid to offend. So, as I approach the one-year anniversary of this blog, I found myself wondering what to write now. I have started political entries before, and they usually find themselves in the trash, if not relegated to drafts hell. I don’t like to offend. I don’t enjoy disagreements. The simple fact is though, that I’m tired.
I’m tired of not saying anything. Of endless memes (and not very good ones at that) on Facebook. I’m tired of people looking down at others, simply because they believe there is a different way. I’m tired of both sides of the arguments. Get your shit together America.
Every two years, we get to have a revolution. Sometimes it is in your favor, sometimes it’s not. But we get to have one. Our country has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the world. Why? Our country has huge problems, problems that revolve around the health of our kids and our adults and our elderly. Our country has issues around privacy. Around guns. Art. Education. Equality. These are important topics, and we should talk about them. We should be voting on them.
I believe that America can solve these problems. That we are smart enough. That we can aim for the stars, and still be wrong. That we can work hard, and help others, and be better than we are right now. I believe we can be worse, too. I believe in our abilities, and in our spirit, and in our dreams.
I might be naive about how the world works. I might be a dreamer, and I am undoubtedly foolish. But that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.
2016 is going to be a long year. But I’m happy about that.