Tomorrow night, we’ll (hopefully) have a new president of the United States; bringing an end to the most unfortunate and ridiculous election we’ve ever seen.

It’s hard to believe that this is the same election cycle in which we saw Ben Carson fall asleep on the debate stage like a real sleepy bear and also the same where Bernie Sanders had a bird land on his podium during a rally. What a time it was like to be alive. Well, at least until we had to come to terms with the fact that we’d be dealing with the choice of having either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as our next president…

Lord help us all, because who the hell knows what you get if either of those two gets the office. It’s clear that no one else is going to muster the support to win a single state, so we have to face the reality: There’s no avoiding the fact that this is where we are. We either get one of the most obviously corrupt politicians of our time or a guy who keeps hinting that it’s okay to use nuclear weapons. Blowing a chunk off the planet and irradiating it for thousands of years? Casual.

What’s worse? There have been people fromĀ both camps threatening to leave the country or outright rebel if their candidate of choice loses. Wouldn’t that be nice? Stock market crashing, cities burning… the possibility of Marshall Law… oh boy. What are people thinking? While I think there’s an argument for taking out government back to the people, we can do that without overthrowing one leader for another. We don’t need to tear our country in half to get there.

Regardless of how the popular and electoral vote counts come out, we have to realize that we have the power to stop a president from imposing his/her will over the people. Our country is run on the backs of its citizens. If we don’t like something as a majority, we have a right to make our thoughts heard, but we can’t pull our country apart when teh minority of us don’t get what we want. We have to keep pushing for our beliefs without risking the stability of our country’s future. That’s all there is to it.

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…