Tomorrow – November 8, 2016 – is Election Day in the United States. This will be the 3rd Presidential election I’m eligible to vote in, and my emotional state this year is quite a bit different than in years past. In 2008, I went to the voting booth filled with youthful optimism. In 2012, I was utterly ambivalent. And this year, I am overcome with anxiety because Donald Trump may actually win this election.
Having been both a Republican and a Democrat during my short time as a registered voter, it’s fair to say I haven’t always liked the candidates running for political office. At times, I have vehemently disagreed with their policy positions. At others, I believed that a given candidate was insufficiently prepared to hold such an important political office. But through each election, I never doubted the ability of any presidential candidate – from John McCain and Mitt Romney to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and even Bernie Sanders – to safely lead the country through their four year term. Certainly, I never had reason to fear the election of a given candidate.