I don’t generally watch television. Today was no exception. I haven’t watched the news, seen a commercial or followed any of the election coverage over the past months. The only way I even know what happened during the presidential debates is I read everyone’s Facebook posts and memes then recreated funny scenarios of what I imagined happened (you should see what I came up with for “binders full of women”). A co-worker sent me an email this evening as I was leaving work that said “they’re calling it for the President” and that’s how I found out who won.
This is the second election for which I have not been on the mainland and I like it that way. Don’t get me wrong, I am not in the least apathetic. I feel quite strongly about my beliefs and if you know me, then you know who I voted for and you know why. I’m not afraid to share my opinions or thoughts on the matter. I just find it difficult to get worked up and emotionally distraught(or overjoyed) when I am 6 or 12 hours time distant from what is happening.
My feelings about election season and the craziness that it breeds are very similar to my feelings about football season. I like the idea of both. They are very much American pastimes. I even like seeing people cheering on their teams in their Facebook feeds- it make me feel very proud of our traditions. But I don’t feel inclined to turn on a football game and watch it. Your love for the Ravens– or conversely, dislike of the Steelers–may make me question your sanity and judgement, but it will in no way get me to turn on the t.v. to watch a football game. Same goes for the election. It’s not that I don’t care– I just don’t care to fight about it. Election season is like mortal combat in the states and I want zero part of that. I don’t want to fight with my family or friends or in the comments section of random articles and Facebook posts with strangers. I find being geographically and emotionally separated gives me more room to process my thoughts on the issues without being constantly inundated with the thoughts of others and all of the election rhetoric.
In the end I feel the same way about the President as I did before and I will continue to pray for him and our awesome country.
Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you and I will instruct you in the good and the right way .~ 1 Sam 12:23