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When November 8 arrives, I thought I would be one of the happiest people on the block. Finally, the bickering, nastiness, and bitterness would tone down, and we would be able to enjoy what I think will be a victory of sorts and even a new beginning.
Or will we feel victorious?
Like many people at Ricochet, I have probably been as critical of the political Right as I have been of the Left. We have experienced so much disappointment from our leaders and have little to no reason to believe that the future will be different. I’m beginning to wonder if we are so conditioned to finding fault with our leaders that even if they do some things well, we will complain about just about anything they do.
For example, we may be delighted to see the Republicans start investigations. But they aren’t the investigations that we’d prioritize. Or they focus on new legislation, but the content is weak and ineffective, just to get it past Joe Biden’s veto. Or they will bribe the Democrats with costly bills to pacify them, just to get them on board for other legislation. Or they try to give the fossil fuel industry a boost, but they offer the wrong kinds of incentives.
In other words, they will give us even more reason than ever to resent, even despise them.
When I think of the aftermath of the election, I want so much to be assessing the results incorrectly.
Please tell me I’m wrong.Published in