I try, but it is difficult to avoid—even in foreign media—noticing a headline (I refuse to read deeper) or a talking head (I switch channels) of one egomaniac or the other vying for the attention of lemmings by claiming to have “the answer” to all ills (real or imagined) and claiming to be “right” about everything else. Of course, each virulently attacks anyone disagreeing, especially opposing office holders or competitors. Truthfulness and integrity are unknown. It can only get worse, more intense, and more deceitful over the next 15 months.
I stopped to think about the effect that the next election will have on my life. For daily life, I expect little change, regardless of the outcome. Reflecting on the past, there has been little noticeable difference for me, regardless whether Republicans or Democrats ruled the roost in the US (despite many complaints about their policies or actions) or if Conservatives or Socialists held the keys to Berlin (Bonn in the old days).
I know that I cannot avoid the mayhem surrounding the election process and that I will become angry, disappointed, and momentarily distressed. But, I take heart in knowing that it doesn’t mean anything. Ignoring the brouhaha will be better for my health.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.