Hey, did you hear? We have a presidential election coming up! In less than a month!
OK, fine, you’d pretty much have to live in a cave with no Internet connection to not know about the election. If you live in a swing state like Florida, you’d probably still be bombarded with ads painted on the cave wall. Most of the television stations in Florida have converted to all political ads, all the time, only occasionally interrupted by actual programming.
It’s understandable, of course. The stakes are high for both sides this year, and yes, like nearly everyone else, I have my preferred candidate. Yes, I think in a very real sense, a lot is riding on this election.
Am I going to tell you who my preferred candidate is? No.
Why not? Simple. If I say I support either candidate, chances are I immediately turn off supporters of the other side. That violates the first rule of blogging in my book — Don’t alienate readers if you don’t have to.
Note those last five words. That’s important. I have no qualms about alienating folks if it’s necessary. But there’s no reason we can’t have a civil conversation here without interjecting politics into the discussion. So for that reason, The Walrus Cafe will remain a strictly nonpartisan place.
Besides, I have a feeling that as hard-fought as this campaign has become, we all could use a place that gives us a little break from the relentless campaign rhetoric from both sides. This is that place.
The thing to remember is, this country is amazingly resilient. We’ve weathered some extraordinary events in the past, and doubtless will again. We’ve survived wars, treason, the Great Depression, epidemics, the Dust Bowl, terrorism and so much more. We’ve managed to survive — and thrive — with both Democrats and Republicans in the White House. We’ve had good presidents, great presidents, mediocre presidents, bad presidents and absolutely terrible presidents. Through them all, we’ve continued moving forward.
No matter who is elected in November, chances are we’ll continue to do the same thing. And while there are extremists in both parties, the vast majority of people in the United States are relatively moderate. We agree more than we disagree. And on November 7, it’s likely we’ll go on just as we always have.
OK, so you want something controversial to end with. Here at the Cafe, we’re not nonpartisan about baseball — GO CARDINALS!