I'm to Blame for the 2016 Election.
Stage 1: The Primaries
When the presidency race began to take its toll on me
It was only the middle of July
I watched from afar and didn't get involved
While Sanders supporters roared.
I liked what he had to say, but considered his campaign a long shot
And I sat and watched from the sidelines.
I assumed my involvement wasn't necessary, and that the primary would run it's course.
Stage 2: The Media
The sun shined through the windows,
The eggs were cooked and ready to eat on the table.
I booted up my laptop and viewed read through the New York Times
As I glanced at the headlines, I took a cursory look at the election update.
92% in Hillary's favor. Five Thirty Eight said the same.
I assumed my involvement wasn't necessary, and that the media had done their due diligence.
Stage 3: The Election
Different location, but sun still shining through the windows.
We had no cell service, and beautiful hikes were at our fingertips.
Pennsylvania, Iowa, Florida were all up for grabs,
Canvassers flooding the streets.
I was not one of them. My boots were not on the ground,
But rather kicked up on the arm of a couch.
I assumed my involvement wasn't necessary, and that the election would run its course.
Stage 4: After the Election
I stayed up late.
As I watched Trump's chance of winning slowly rise upwards.
At 2am. I knew it was over. I felt a little empty.
I didn't know what to do or say, but I watched as the blame was placed upon head after head.
The media's shitty reporting.
The DNC's manipulation of primaries.
"Misogynists, racists, etc."
"Under-educated white folks"
I wanted to blame too. It's easy, and it's satisfying.
But as I looked back on how much I hadn't done to make my voice heard,
I was to blame more than anyone else.
I assumed my involvement wasn't necessary, and I paid the price.
Stage 5: Blank Canvas
In less than a month
I'll be back on American soil.
The government will begin to look different
But the people will be largely the same.
I assume my involvement is necessary, and I will not sit by idly again.