The Election and Its Effect on US

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The Election and Its Effect on US

Daniel Carvalheiro-Santos, Staff Writer

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Have you been wondering why you have been so tired, stressed, and simply irritable lately? Well, many have resorted to blaming the contentious election cycle, which has been a horrible example of American politics. The election has left everything hanging in mid-air, waiting for the stability of a new president and his/her policies. Americans have seen stress levels rise as an instability in the stock market emerges. People have been worried about whether they will be positively or negatively affected by the new president’s policies. As if that weren’t bad enough, riots and protests have sprouted up almost everywhere as angry Americans have taken their actions to the streets.  In the meantime, the world awaits the unfolding of what appears to be everyone’s favorite new drama. Stephen Holland, a clinical psychologist, has said that between ⅔ to ¾ of his patients are mentioning the election season in their sessions. Being in Washington D.C, the epicenter of the election, Dr. Holland says an increase in consultations around election time is normal, however, he says this year, patients are scheduling appointments more often than before.

There are many possible reasons for the mayhem that has sent shock waves throughout the  United States. One of the obvious reasons is the immense media coverage. Many people are tired of hearing the same political information over and over again, however, they are forced to hear this “news” because it is all people post about, talk about, report about, and write about, present company included. I am a CNN watcher and I know that that whenever there is a significant political event, there is always a countdown. While Wolf Blitzer is being extremely redundant, we see “36 hours, 42 minutes, and 24 seconds until election night coverage” flashing in the background. Another component to the increasing stress, fatigue, and anxiety levels is the extent to which the candidates have gone with their policies. One candidate saying that he would put the other candidate in jail and the other being accused of yet another email scandal just a week before the election night.

Now that this election cycle is over, it is time for us to reflect on our behavior during this campaign season. For some, it might be satisfactory, but for others, you may admit to having gone a bit overboard. No matter what your personal political affiliations, now that Donald Trump has gone from candidate to president-elect, we must strive to accept the outcome of the election.  His success is an implied success for our nation, in turn for all Americans.  Isn’t that what this election season was all about?   

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