f you haven't been reading the news lately, you might not have heard that we had an election here in the United States. A very divisive one, in fact. There was an upset victory. And a lot, a lot, of pollsters and pundits found themselves just plain wrong in their predictions.
Personally, I have very strong opinions about how the election turned out...as do most of my fellow voters...whichever candidate they backed. And while I have a lot that I could say, I don't think this blog is the place to say it.
Several years ago I worked for an FM radio station that presented itself as a relaxation format. In fact, I was actually on the air the morning the jets were flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th. In the days and weeks that followed, there was an onslaught of media coverage on TV, on news radio stations, on the internet. Yes, there were valid and important questions to be answered. But the truth was that the facts were very slow in emerging. In an attempt to inform, media outlets were overwhelming us with their output. And so on my relaxation station, we had a positioning statement we ran on the air during that time period.
"Too much information, not enough answers. Take a break with our music."
We weren't advocating escapism. The point wasn't to put on blinders and ignore what was going on in the world. Quite to the contrary, we felt that it was our duty to give people a refuge when they needed to take a break and replenish themselves. And from the feedback we got from our listeners at that time, we delivered just what they needed.
At this point following the 2016 presidential election, I think myself and a lot of my family, friends, and acquaintances are in the same position. It's all too clear what has taken place. But what we want to know for our own peace of mind is how it will affect our lives, the people we care about, the people who are vulnerable in our society, our country's relationship to the world at large, the future of our way of life, and the future of our planet. We've got information. What we need are answers.
I, unfortunately, have to admit that I have none. Only opinions. And while I'm happy to engage with anyone about those in the right setting, preferably seated comfortably speaking in conversational tones, I feel a need to honor the mission of this blog and keep the conversation here on course. Every Clog Has Its Day is dedicated to those who choose to live their lives in a way that diverges from the accepted norm. My readers are clearly people who march...or even clomp...to the beat of a different drummer. Over the years we've laughed together, cringed together, been astonished together, and even shopped together. So let me get back to business as usual in this corner of the web that is as wide as the world. There's no shortage of places online to wrestle with the political turmoil that America is in at the moment. Whichever candidate you backed, it's clear that there was an equally vehement, comparably sized electorate that voted the other way...which makes finding the common ground necessary to move forward as an effective people even more difficult. These are not going to be easy times. I hope you'll do your part and be engaged in the process of finding a solution. And then I hope you'll wander back to this URL and enjoy this website as a port in the storm, a place to come to and nurture your own independent fashion spirit before heading back out to ponder further the question of "Where do we all go from here?"