I usually don’t talk about topics outside of travel on this blog. Let alone politics: I’ve always found such topics too heated, too much, for my blog, and I usually like keeping things lighthearted and fun that are related to my adventures around the world.
However, I felt compelled to write about something different today. Especially with this past 2020 US elections. I’d spent several days earlier this week working the polls and got to see the voting action take place, and it really was an eye-opener to just how divided our nation is. Even living in Los Angeles, an overwhelmingly-blue city (and in California, an overwhelmingly-blue state), I got to see handfuls of people who voted red. Which was astonishing to me, as I must’ve been living in a bubble throughout my life– a liberal bubble, to say the least.
Here’s the thing, though: I respect the voter’s choice to vote for Trump. Although I voted for Biden, I understand that we’re extremely-lucky to live in a country that allows its citizens to exercise their constitutional rights to vote. Even encourage them to do so. And at the end of the day, we’re all going to have to deal with whomever is president, for better or for worse…
I admit, I was quite worried earlier this week, when the results starting pooling in state-by-state. The number of popular votes and electoral votes were incredibly-slim, with margins as small as a few thousands (especially in states with a population of several millions). This presidential race was super-tight, as I watched the results flip-flop over the course of the five days of the nail-biting process.
I was very surprised to see that some of the traditionally-red states turned blue this time around. Arizona, for one, as well as Nevada and Georgia (although as of this publication, it hasn’t been officially confirmed that all votes are in for the latter two). This election goes to show that states can, in fact, change their minds, and tip it in favor of someone else.
Even if Biden has won, there’s still a long way to go in making changes to our nation. I’ll be honest and say that he was a weak candidate for the Democratic Party, and I’m hesitant to see if he’ll step up and do well for the United States. But we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the four years to come– until then, it’s a day to celebrate. Enjoy, take care, and stay safe!
For my post on the 2016 elections, click here.