For over a year, we have heard partisan bickering and billions of dollars spent (for a job that pays six-figures).We knew that this was going to be an ugly and expensive campaign (those two adjectives go together more often than you would think). This expectation has, unfortunately, proven correct.
Just like every other presidential election, people who are paid lots of money to do so are telling us that this is the most important election of our lifetimes. This time they’re right. The future of the country really is at stake, and, because of America’s unique and exceptional role in the world, so is the future of the entire planet.
But I thank God that it won’t be decided by the pundits, the talking heads, the SuperPACs, the bundlers, the journalists, or even the politicians. It will be, to the glory of this country, decided by the people. In one evening, half of the Beltway will look foolish, and half will look prescient; at least half of the country will be terribly disappointed. The world will go on turning, but it will never be the same.
None of the ink that has been spilled, the money spent, the ads cut, the incessant blabbering done matters anymore. None of it will matter, except what the American people decide, in one collective act, the closest thing that we have as a political body to a sacrament.
We have all the data we need by now. Imagine if you had voted early: in some states, some people voted before that crucial first debate. I’m sure at least some of them changed their minds after it was too late. The rest of us, however, know more than enough.
Consider this: both sides have spent about one-billion dollars each, presumably to win over about seven percent of the electorate. We spend more and more money each election to win over fewer and fewer voters. Is this the next bubble to burst?
Also, consider the fact that two billion is about as much as the federal government borrows every few hours.