We have always called the period a sitting president and our legislative bodies spend in office between the election of successors and the successors assuming their offices a “lame duck session.” Typically, little beyond formalities transpire during these sessions. Not much decision-making occurs.
At the same time, the entire nation usually falls into something of a lame duck session of its own. General numbness on the part of some. Jubilation and hope on the on the winning side.
Things are much different this election.
Some on the losing side have protested in the streets. People weeping, thrashing in disbelief and despair. On the other side? I have never seen such sore winners. Gloating. Every comment ending with disparaging—no—purely hateful remarks about Hillary Clinton.
Clearly we had two very different candidates this year. The issues became personal. Add to that a plethora of news media organizations that constantly cater to (and constantly feed) voters of a certain belief system. Then, toss social media into the mix.
It’s an ugly bomb.
Social media is a tinderbox. Everyone has matches they can strike and then flick into the tinderbox to set it aflame. And they do. This is especially true of Facebook.
We are clearly divided this lame duck session. It helps very little that candidate Clinton appears to have taken the popular vote but lost the election by dint of the electoral college.
Thankfully, the sitting president, president-elect Trump, and candidate Clinton have each struck conciliatory tones. Fact is, Trump won by all the rules as we know them. We all must recognize this.
I could use a little calm after this storm. Once president-elect Trump assumes office and begins doing and saying things that offend half the nation (as every president does) we can go back to being our messy selves again.
Until then, please use Facebook to post a few cute puppy videos or a montage of sweet idiots falling on their face while attempting stupid tricks on skateboards.