We’ve all been there. Christmas as a kid, maybe, or a random birthday in your adulthood. Some kind soul offers you a wrapped gift, you open it and it is…terrible. Like, you want to say “what the fuck am I supposed to do with this thing?” terrible.
Yet, you make eye contact with the giver, you smile, and you muster up the most sincere “Thank you!” that you can; because like your Mom taught you growing up – it’s the thought that counts.
Yesterday, we Americans saw a considerable shift in power, yet again, from one of our two parties to the other. It wasn’t a surprise either in the moment or in the longer scope of history – six years into a sitting president, folks will always bemoan that there is still discord somewhere in the world and the Treasury hasn’t yet backed a Brinks truck up their driveway to shower them with cash, so they insist that we need a new direction.
In this latest incarnation, the Democrats lost and the Republicans won. I still cynically believe that at best, fluctuations in American economic prosperity are due to forces largely random and beyond our control – even more so in an increasingly global marketplace – with only tangential relationships to decisions of those in power now, and that at worst corporations control both parties, so this result really doesn’t matter financially for any of us, and neither will the next one or the one after that. Still, I identify and vote as Democrat to hasten social progress.