I don’t think the eagles are coming to save us.
Of course I don’t think the world is actually going to end today, but I’m happy as fuck to see this election end.
Here at Terminal Lance I have a policy of remaining apolitical, and for good reason. I believe the military itself suffers from political partisanship, as it is not the military’s place to question the democratically elected leaders. As well, it is intensely divisive, and people become exceptionally tribal during these times.
With that said, it’s near to ignore this election cycle. My lack of commentary on this matter has most certainly not been due to my lack of personal opinions on it, but that is not the place of Terminal Lance. What I would like to do is tell you that no matter what happens, whether the orange idiot, or the corrupt madam, one thing will remain true:
We are all Americans, and this country will stand in the aftermath regardless.
There is so much negative and vitriolic spew coming from this tiresome campaign that I think people forget this. I refuse to believe that this country–the greatest country in the history of the world–can be destroyed by either a rapey buffoon or another politician. This country is too magnificent, its citizens too resilient, to be reduced by either of these assholes into weak caricatures.
With a British fiancee, I recently spent time abroad in both London and Europe, and believe me when I say that the entire world is watching right now. They’re watching because they look up to us, and because America still absolutely leads the world. For as much as people like to claim this country has gone downhill or that we are weak, it’s baseless and resoundingly untrue.
Get off your computer, stop reading the headlines, and walk outside. The country isn’t crumbling. The vast and beautiful landscape of the United States is large the same as it ever has been. Are there issues? Of course there are. There always are. Every country has domestic issues. America is no different. There is always room for improvement. But none of America’s problems stop it from being the greatest damn country on this planet, and no matter who wins I will still be a proud American. For all of the faults of democracy, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It is the best system that there is, and America is absolutely the best at it. It’s also important to remember that the unfortunate truth of democracy is that there is a losing side 100% of the time.
If the person you like doesn’t win: tough shit. Deal with it and try to change it in 4 years.
No matter who wins the election today, we are all Americans, and we are in this together whether we like it or not.
With all of that said… It’ll be an interesting night either way.