I want to start off by saying that I know this election sucked. Big time. People weren’t happy with their choices (some were), the choices were polarized (why don’t we have a moderate party?), and we had someone win the popular vote and lose the electoral college (and that is always hard to swallow).
However, now is NOT the time to be slinging around predictions for the future. And you know why? Because the little people are listening to you. When I told my kids about the election results, I had one old enough to shrug it off and say “we have checks and balances, so even if the president tries to be extreme, congress can check him” and I had two in tears. TEARS.
You guys, I work for a politician. They have the rare opportunity to know that not every politician is a blood-sucking monster from the black lagoon- but they cried. “My friend at hockey said his mom told him that Donald Trump is going to start World War 3.” “My friend at co-ops’ dad told her that Donald Trump is going to kill black people.” “My friend at church’s mom said that Donald Trump is going to kick out her cousins and they’re all going to have to move to Canada, too.” (I was also given a list of what their friends told them would have happened had Clinton won ranging from World War 3 to not being allowed to homeschool anymore. Apparently we were destined for World War 3.)
Well, alright then. I’d cry, too. And I am not debating the validity of any of these points (and I’m not not debating it either.) My point here is this: the weight of our political system should NOT rest on the shoulders of our children.
I will explain.
Your kids, my kids, and the kids down the street should not have to shoulder the burden of what we’ve all just done. They couldn’t vote. It’s not their fault. So they certainly should not be in tears thinking that we are headed for an imminent apocalypse.
Can you tell them you’re unhappy?
Can you tell them you’re happy?
But either way, please do it in a constructive way. I don’t think that anyone runs for the presidency with the express goal of ruining America. However, we can all think different things. So if you’re unhappy, try going with: