I teach American government. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. There are so many wonderfully villainous things to talk about, especially in an election year.
It’s not accident that elections take place directly after Halloween. It’s only after the evil spirits are allowed to roam and the werewolves have had their say to the moon, and the witches have brewed up a delicious divisive concoction that we, in America, should partake in our national elections.
Allegations of ballot tampering, ballot harvesting, voting machines which register votes for the opposite party – it’s fun and games at a new level – a contact sport of the mind which is oftentimes run by the mindless.
In other words, elections in America are a blast!
So even though my class is 12,000 miles away from all the fun, we’ll take part in the mid-term super bowl for politics and will be tallying the results all morning while finger food and skipping class.
We may be far away in person, but we are with you America in spirit. We’ll be running down the elections to see if the Republicans have what it takes to overtake the Senate, or if the Democrats, playing defense, will be able to stop the electorate from jumping from the Obama ship. We’ll track the House to see if the Republicans will increase their majority. We’ll run down the state gubernatorial elections to see if there is any major shifts on the landscape.
And of course, based upon the results, we’ll make wildly inaccurate predictions about what all this means for the 2016 presidential election which will officially kick off on November 5. One good thing about being 12,000 miles away is that I won’t be seeing the political ads for the next two years which become more and more frequent.
Pull up a chair and some popcorn. Enjoy the big game that is America’s to win or lose. But don’t worry, if you lose, you can always spin it back so you actually have won!
Gotta love politics!