A Long Four Years to the 2020 Presidential Election

It is November 3, 2020 – a day of reckoning.

I, and perhaps a majority of Americans, have been waiting for the past four years for this day to come.  It has been an excruciating four years ever since Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in 2016 with the slimmest of margins.

I remember those days in 2016 when I wrote this in my blog:

2016 U.S. Presidential Election: We Just Want It Over

There was so much hype and hope that Hillary Clinton would be the next president of the US and the first woman at that.  Although the race was close, there was a general feeling that Hillary would prevail, even when James Comey came out with the blockbuster revelation that the Justice Department was looking into Hillary’s emails.  We further felt that Donald Trump was unqualified or unfit to be president, compared to Hillary.

Even until election night, when the votes were being counted, there was a that joyful anticipation of a celebration of Hillary’s win.  We were glued to the television set ready to celebrate, with Hillary and the rest of the country, a new woman president of the U.S.  I cannot forget the enthusiasm and the smile of Wolf Blitzer of CNN in the early evening broadcast of the election results or election forecast.

But as the night dragged on, we noticed that the trend was shifting slowly in favor of Donald Trump.  Our glee and joy started to diminish in inverse proportion to the mounting electoral votes in favor of Donald Trump.  We were hoping against hope that somehow the numbers would rebound in Hillary’s favor.  Wolf Blitzer still maintained the face of an eternal optimist and he tried to massage and play with the electoral vote numbers, playing “what-ifs” and seemingly wishing for an alternative reality of winning number for Hillary.  But, at past midnight, reality sunk in – Trump would win the presidency.

The 2016 presidential election was traumatic and depressing for us and 48% of the American electorate.  Four years of Donald Trump! God help us.

It’s been four years hence and we’ve seen the socio-political carnage that Trump has brought to America and the American psyche.  It’s been four years of lies, hatred, misogyny, racism, divisiveness.  It’s been tumultuous and surreal.

This year 2020 has been especially life-changing and unsettling, what with the pandemic and unemployment.  We needed a president to lead America during this crisis and what we got was a denier-in-chief and a blatant liar.

The months, weeks, and days leading to this election have been nerve-wracking and there is a sense of dread about the possibility of a second term for Trump.  The polls have it as Biden leading by about 10 percentage points. Although Hillary’s margin over Trump was smaller in 2016, we were so confident that Trump would lose. But we lost.

Here’s hoping and praying for a Biden win. We cannot afford another four years of Trump.

Galen S. Altavas

Galen Altavas has worked in both the private and public sectors both in the Philippines and the United States, as a rural banker, fishpond operator, marketing manager, financial analyst, IT manager and IT project manager. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ateneo de Manila University and an MBA in Finance from the Seattle University in Seattle, WA. He resides in Baybay, Roxas City, Philippines and Seattle, WA.