As someone who loves politics and has always kept a very close eye on election cycles, I must say 2016 has been one of the best case studies in the subject of politics, if not the best. This election cycle has also been a good lesson in investing, mass psychology, parallel messaging, and unorthodox campaign strategy. That I have been able to experience this wild ride at the infancy of my career has been a privilege for me.
Though many Americans are suffering severe cases of election fatigue, I have loved every day of this cycle. New developments happen by the hour, and conventional political wisdom has been upended more times than anyone can count. There is so much to learn from this cycle, and it is important recognize the abundance of knowledge to be gained from this year. No one truly knows the outcome of tomorrow’s election, but I believe it will be a net positive for the country either way. I try to maintain an irrationally optimistic view of the future, for better or worse.
The frustration, anger, sadness, joy, enthusiasm, and love for this country will blossom into something good. No matter the outcome, we have all been given the opportunity to reflect on the issues this country faces and how we want to deal with them. My hope is instead of running back into various media echo chambers, we learn how to have productive dialogue again as a country.
As difficult as it is, even for myself, we have to be willing to openly talk about the leadership of our country. We have to be able to peacefully discuss the tough issues and consider our opposition’s arguments in their best form. Before we can move forward as a nation, we have to be willing to see the good in one another, and that is quite possibly the most difficult thing. If we do not, our problems will persist far beyond the 2016 election.
Though many may not express the same sentiment, I will miss the 2016 election. I enjoyed the ever-changing political landscape, the overwhelming onslaught of political memes, and the sheer volume of news articles and opinions brought forth about the candidates and their positions. As a politics junkie, there has been no greater fix.
I encourage everyone to go out and vote tomorrow in what may be the most historic election of our lives. Keep a good attitude, do not be intimidated, and vote for the candidate who most represents your views.