Some of you may not know this, but one of my favorite tv shows of all time just so happens to be South Park. I know right? The show is probably one of the most (if not THEE most) crass adult animated series on television to date. I love it, though! The reason why isn't necessarily because of the blatant outlandishness, rather the underlying moral of each episode...however hidden they may actually be at first. In saying all of this, today I am thinking about one hilarious episode, in particular, simply titled, "Douche and Turd" (it's hilarious, and relevant, if you have time, you should watch). The episode begins with the main characters suggesting candidates for a new school mascot. As a joke, two of the friends campaign for two different mascots, one being a giant douche, and one being a turd sandwich. As it turns out, their suggestions were chosen as the only nominations, so the entire school had to choose between their mascot being either a giant douche or a turd sandwich (both undesirable to say the least). The plot develops when a third friend refuses to vote at all, claiming that both choices are horrible. Remind you all of anything?
Unless you have been living under a rock, you've been witnessing this circus of an election just like the rest of us. I'm not sure if it's because I'm older or if the technological world has a part to play, but it seems as though it has been going on forever! Tomorrow, it will finally all be over! I do believe that today's media over-stimulation of information has greatly contributed to the exposure of both front-runners. As I always say (well, not really always, but I might start) the more you know about a person, the more there is to hate (and be judged about). I have heard the argument that one candidate is greatly favorable over the other, but really? I personally feel as though both were entirely forced up the nation. The lesser of two evils is also a popular phrase I've heard over the past few months. However, evil is still evil, right? This election also reminds me a bit of Sophie's Choice (but the South Park reference is way less grim).
I will say that a lot of attention is going to the main category of the voting ballot, however, there are so many other things that are on there as well. I actually really hate all politics, and it's all really a bit confusing if you ask me, but I did do a bit of research this time around (I don't remember hardly anything from my grade school civics class, but thanks internet). The President can only be elected to 2 four-year terms. The House of Representative, Vice President, and Senate however, all have unlimited two, four, and six-year terms respectively. They have the potential to stick around MUCH longer than a measly ole president. But get this, Supreme Court judges have absolutely no term limits at all! In practice, a Supreme Court judge serves until they DIE or willingly steps down (OR if they are impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors... but that's rare). Rather than spending all of this time and energy on a fleeting President, we should really be concerned about those who are next to impossible to get rid of once elected. Granted, the president holds a higher power with a bit more authority, but at the end of the day, isn't the president just the face of the country? There is an entire operation running behind the smoke screen folks.
Over the past few months, I've seen and heard so much from every possible outlet. That's quite a lot of information to take in. Where does this leave us? Should we even vote at all tomorrow? Should we plan on a mass move to the uninhabited arctic lands of Canada (which I heard were cold, yet beautiful)? Should we just choose the lesser of two evils in an all-out attempt for anything but the devil himself? What do we do?? Well, I'll tell you what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna find a whole lot of sweets to eat. Maybe a drink. I'll be celebrating that all this wretched campaigning is over either way. Whatever the outcome may be, at this point, I really believe I'm capable of coping with anything. It won't be the end of the world. Life will still go on. If one wins, it will show the nation a clear reflection of everything wrong with society. It will put a huge beaming spotlight on all of our flaws. After rock bottom, there is nowhere to go but up. If the other wins, we will have been officially coerced into voting for the candidate of choice set in motion by the higher ups. Tricked! But in true puppet fashion, they can be manipulated, in either direction. Eh, whatever will be will be. We should just all really take a look at where we stand and why. Why being the most important.
All in all, yes, I will be voting tomorrow, mainly for non-presidential stuff. In life, we will probably always have to choose between a douche and a turd. Some may think it doesn't matter who we vote for anyway. Whether I believe this or not, I'm still gonna vote because at one point people like me couldn't. Even IF it doesn't matter at all, I'm still gonna do it. I honestly just really can't wait for it all to be finally over. We just have to keep reminding ourselves that if there was no government, the world would be in anarchy. There is SOME good that comes from it all. It's just so complicated, confusing, and corrupt these days. If we all just didn't care at all anymore, that would be pretty bad too. The more people involved in anything, the harder it is to create order. As with all things though, I have hope! Choose wisely tomorrow peeps!
P.s. Before going to vote, it's good to know where to vote, and also who exactly in on the ballot. Sure it's fun to just pick the coolest sounding name, but wouldn't you like to know who these people are?
P.p.s. I actually ran for office once in middle school. I ran for treasurer...and won! Also, Whitney ran for Vice President and won. I guess we weren't so nerdy after all!
P.p.p.s. As the title suggests, I'd much rather have the hard decision of choosing between two GOOD things... like which candy I should get from the store. Sour or sweet. That is the question! I've found it helpful in the face of a difficult decision, to present myself with a much easier and more fun decision. Try not to be too stressed about tomorrow's outcome and go eat some candy!