Wilhelmina Maxima van Oranje
We’ve spent the past year being treated to continuous discussions of the best and worst candidates for the office of Commander in Chief of the United States. These discussions have been consistently gracious, enlightening and encouraging. In the days preceding Nov. 8, citizens radiantly expressed confidence in the future of this country.
However, now that Election Day has passed, a pall of epic proportions covers the country. The nation has been deprived of its favourite form of entertainment, and citizens do not know what to do with all the free time they have to contemplate things besides government. No longer are they fed character assessments of politicians in every YouTube ad, pleas for support in television commercials or helpful political brochures in their mailboxes.
“We have to wait three whole years before the next presidential election season begins,” says sophomore Michaela van den Winkle. “I just don’t know what I’m going to do now. Maybe I’ll have to take up a hobby. Like cage fighting. But I just don’t think it’ll be the same.”
Political Science professor Herman Kuyper says, “Although most people would think football or baseball would be America’s favourite sport, they don’t realize is that politics is actually more popular than both sports combined. It’s our national pastime, and we take great pride in it.”
Many students have expressed similar sentiments. Dordt senior Abraham Bavink says that, like any other sport, election season should be an annual affair.
“We do have elections every year,” corrects Bavink’s roommate Nathan Vander Sluis. “We just need to publicize them more. Like, maybe we should have local candidates leave things in our mailboxes and put ads on YouTube. And there should be stuff on Facebook and the news about local elections, too.”
Bavink also proposed that the presidential election season should begin two years in advance. “It’s a big decision, you know. We need all the prep time we can get. Also, it seems like by the time Election Day comes around, we’ve only just gotten started. There is so much more mud-slinging and muck-raking to do. It seems unjust to cut it short like that.”
Like any sort of withdrawal, the beginning is tough, but it gets easier with time.
“I’ll get used to it soon enough, I guess,” says van den Winkle, “and I like our new President. But I am looking forward to electing the next one. Watching the elections is such good stress relief from normal life.”
This article is taken from the Zircon issue of The Dordt Diamond