Disclaimer: I’m a Libertarian. I’ve voted for a Libertarian president since 1996, plan to this year as well. Oh yeah, and my opinions and snark are my own.
Is it over yet?
I’ve been asking this question for months. I’m not talking about the work week, although I could since it’s been another energy-sapper. I’m talking about this damn presidential election.
Ever since I’ve been eligible to vote, I’ve voted, but I don’t remember an election year being so toxic. In 2016, friendships are at stake, people are getting physically assaulted for who/what they believe in, the media bias is spitting in our face every day, and then there’s the vandalism – Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed. By the way, has anyone wondered why he even has star? Yes, I know it was for "The Apprentice," but it still doesn’t really make much sense to me ... I digress.
I call bullshit.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t rip on Donald Trump, go ahead, it’s still a free country for the time being. All I ask for is equal opportunity ripping given to the democratic candidate. It’s only fair. Anyone who knows me knows I despise the democrat candidate. She’s a hypocrite; you can read about her hypocrisy here and here, and how she called Bernie Sanders’ supporters “basement dwellers.”
As I said in my disclaimer, I’m voting Libertarian and I know full well Gary Johnson has a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the 2016 election, but his presence did something remarkable, he gave the Libertarian Party momentum. Voters dissatisfied with the two-party system are giving this party a look-see and I couldn’t be happier. In a nutshell, Libertarians are socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and sure a few of us wear tinfoil hats, but every political party has its quirks.
If we take away one lesson from this election, I hope it’s this: Respect each other’s right to choose, don’t hurt anyone else, don’t destroy another person’s shit. On November 9, we need to return to some degree of civility towards one another. As Project Runway’s Tim Gunn would say, it'll be a make it work moment.