Can we do better next time? Given we have narrowed down (effectively at least) the election to two candidates, much as been made about the “lesser of two evils” nature of this cycle. It is sad that most of us will vote on the candidate least likely to do us harm or the one with the least negative ratings. Also, many will still vote on impulsive emotion, since we are so angry and we want to take our country back. The problem is, we have given it away in the first place.
We can’t avoid the reality that the fault is ours, the non-paid-for voters. We still go to the polls and cast our ballot in primaries (assuming we did) and select from a number of candidates before it narrows down to two. If we, in a collective sense, did differently then we might have it better now.
Since I became eligible to vote, this will be the 11th general election in which I will have cast a ballot. I can remember only two in which my first choice in the early primaries made it to the election itself, and it was the same candidate in both. The only significance that has is that others have consistently thought differently than me. I am okay with that, and do not lament that fact. Does that mean “they” have gotten it wrong that many times? Maybe. I have enough trust left to believe we will give ourselves better choices in the future, starting at the most local level, right up to the top job. Even if we can’t vote rationally this time, let’s think earlier next time and give ourselves better choices. There are better people; we just need to find them and vote accordingly.