Dear 2016 Presidential Campaign,
I’m sorry, but we need to break up. I was going to try the standard, “It’s not you, it’s me,” but that doesn’t work in this case…
I thought you and I could stay together all the way to Nov. 8, but after these last few weeks, I think it’s best we go our separate ways.
No, I’m not moving to Canada; I still love America, and I still believe strongly in our democratic way of life in this country. But I need to take a break and turn my attention to more positive things, things I have more control over and that I feel I can have a positive influence on – and that have a positive influence on me! And no, I don’t want to “be part of the solution” this time because this system is so incredibly broken right now.
Every time I’ve turned around, you’ve bombarded me with the most hateful, hurtful, and divisive rhetoric I’ve ever experienced in an election year. It’s cut across most all candidates and party lines, and I’m not even sure what I’ll do come November’s Election Day. I’ve watched debates that look like elementary school playground scuffles, complete with finger-pointing and mudslinging.
In fact, as I think about it, it’s come to the point where America will be resigned to a candidate’s “electability” in the end, where “the lesser of the evils” will likely win the White House, whichever party’s candidate that may be at the time. One of our country’s political parties is imploding as I write this, so who knows what will happen come convention time?
No, I’ve suffered through all the crap about private email servers, speech transcripts, the size of a man’s hands relative to his private parts, and jokes about his spray-on tans. Honestly, I’d rather be forced to watch “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” because this has been one of the worst 24/7 reality TV shows ever produced by everyone involved, across all media platforms and channels.
You’ve even forced me to start ignoring many of my social media friends, though they mean no harm. Every time they post something “political,” I scroll-through or swipe-left, just to get away from their posted political content. It’s that bad.
So, Presidential Campaign, I’m out for now. I’ll watch from the sidelines. I’ll decide what to do on Nov. 8, perhaps choosing to vote quietly by an early absentee ballot when I’m good and ready. Heck, I’ve been thinking lately that even then, it won’t matter much because we’re simply sending someone into a broken system full of partisan gridlock and bickering anyway. Just look at the latest Supreme Court appointment process.
In the meantime, I’ll focus on the many good things on which I can make a positive impact in this country I still dearly love, like my family, friends, students, community, and church.
You know what? It’s early enough. I may turn my attention to Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, the NEXT presidential election!
2016 Presidential Campaign, I’m sorry, but we need to call it quits for now.
It’s not me, it’s you.