In New Hampshire, two candidates who revile the political process as it is currently conducted won.
One of them is a self-admitted narcissist who has claimed, “If it gets a little boring, if I see people starting to sort of, maybe thinking about leaving, I can sort of tell the audience, I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts.”
One of them is a man who even his political opponents has admitted has spent his entire life on one singular calling.
In most elections, the choices are very muddled. The personalities are complicated. The divisions go multiple directions.
Not this time.
This time, the country has spoken. This time, some of us have succumbed to our worst instincts of fear, hate, frustration and hopelessness. Even if the person screaming that message will literally say anything if more people will call out his name. Even if that demagogue doesn’t care if he is hearing people he would never want to spend time with cheering him while others are dismissing him as below contempt. Even if his entire world is the words in other peoples’ mouths.
This time, others of us have embraced something different. Even if it doesn’t work. Even if it will be stopped.
This isn’t even about politics anymore. Both leading candidates have launched an attack on the status quo. This is about what world you want to leave behind from the last one.
It’s our choice if it’s on fire.