Even after just over two weeks, I’m still not in an emotional or intellectual state of mind to discuss the details of the 2016 presidential election. I’m profoundly angry and disappointed, even depressed, with the outcome Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The world feels like a darker place. If I’m feeling the way I do, I can only imagine how others, who have much more at stake than I do, must feel.
Regarding any discussion of the election in my personal life, I shut every casual family conversation down. Every hallway discussion at work. Every Sunday morning pundit. I can’t listen to any tabloid media at all on any topic: no Huffington Post; no Facebook feeds; no clever memes; no MSNBC; no CNN; no SNL; no John Oliver; no Steven Colbert; no FOX, no political comedy. You get the picture. Also, in an act of awfulness, I cut out any other reputable political news sources except for actual useful, hard information coming from the likes of NPR, NYT, and the Washington Post. In all cases, no opinions or speculation perpetuated by the punditocracy are allowed. I can’t. It all seems so transparently stupid now.
If I seem out of touch, forgive me. If Hawaii has already seceded and Alaska was invaded by Iceland, I’m probably a month behind these developments. If a recount or unfaithful elector made Jill Stein president, I’m probably too consumed with teaching my courses to care. I currently rely on my wife to tell me if we nuke Canada or make Bill Cosby the Secretary of Education, otherwise I’m out. Some have told me this decoupling is irresponsible. They are right. Dear colleagues: yes, I will join the fight again. But I can’t do it now. Not yet. I need to mourn.
Come January 2021, I can only hope President Obama will be sworn into office as the first female black president.