Where are we now?
For some reason I have the Justin Bieber tune in my head – over and over again, “I need you, I need you, I need you, where are you now that I need ya?” When I sing this song, I think about President Obama. Do you really have to go? I don’t want to be a clichéd internet meme but….
Because this week – this entire election, at that – has been one insane thing after another to the point where I almost can’t recall what insane thing happened 14 days ago (it was the Access Hollywood tape where Donald Trump said he likes to grab womens’ pussies, and, because he is famous, he’s allowed to do so. #Neverforget).
I watched the debate on Wednesday and there truly was nothing I wanted to write about afterwards. Because, right now, we are so filtered through the media-hyped BS coming through our screens, we have forgotten about policy. Let us also remember, we have completely forgotten about climate change. In 3 debates one of the world’s most pressing issues didn’t even come up, except when Hillary mentioned, “Donald doesn’t even believe in Climate Change, he thinks it was a hoax invented by the Chinese.” In the now typical debate style of Mr. Trump, he just yells into the microphone “wrong,” as if the rest of the world hasn’t been saving his tweets since day one. Oh Twitter, you are so irrelevant most of the time but during election season, you are really at the center of our hearts.
I still feel like I am in an SNL skit that is never ending, just being replayed over and over again by journalists who truly look like they want to cry. I have never seen so many cable talk show hosts look so sad about what they’re reporting; all the time. What the left claims about the right, the right claims about the left, and everybody is a crooked as they come. What are we left with? In theme with this site and what it stands for, what is the Millennial left with? I have come to the conclusion, and my assessment could be far from the truth, that we are just so entrenched in this social media era, we have forgotten the importance of what is going on. There is a foreign adversary trying to sway the minds of the American people one way and the true motive behind that is completely unknown. There is a political party who completely skewed their primary to thwart a revolution with a candidate Millennials backed by huge margins (I am still feeling that Bern). And yet here we are, about two weeks away from an election with the two most disliked and negatively seen candidates in the history of our country. That is just so very 2016; it’s like we deserved it.
Not to mention theAl Smith Dinner, the elite squad of New Yorkers giving money to a Catholic Charity for children and allowing for light hearted banter between political candidates every 4 years. These are the elite of the elite, and it turned into a heckling session like that of a low level improv class where the audience just wanted Trump off the stage. It was painful to try and watch these candidates with such obvious disdain for each other and their situations poke fun at the fact Trump is actually tied to Russia (which is horrifying) and Clinton has been receiving donations for favors, quid pro quo, for years (also, horrifying). Although cheers to Melania, because that poor woman just wanted to be a rich, hot wife and somehow got put into this mess; she’s the real MVP of this race minus the slight plagiarism of a speech by the best FLOTUS we have ever seen (I love you, Michelle).
I truly am not remotely enthused about either candidate, but I will say, as I filled out my Absentee NC Ballot yesterday, it is pretty freaking cool that in my life time, and in the first quarter of it at that, I was able to see a women’s name on the ballot. Despite how her name got there, it’s amazing. You have to respect where we have come from and where we (hopefully) can keep going. But seriously, let’s get our shit together, America. This isn’t a joke, the election isn’t rigged, and people are suffering. Be kind to your neighbor, be a good person, and hope that on November 9th there aren’t riots in the street. Understand that not everybody can think like you, which is what makes this country the best place on earth – a collective melting pot of ideas and people that allow democracy to reign. What a country we are lucky enough to reside in. Paul Ryan 2020.
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