It’s Nov. 4, 2020, the day after the election. We’ve seen the results. Some of us may be relieved, and some will be worried about what will happen the next four years. Many might be worried about the country going under. All I got to say is, relax and take a breath.

No one should ever get incredibly upset over the results of the election. Sure, in my lifetime, I’ve seen two major political upsets involving presidential elections: 2000 and 2016. Honestly, I don’t remember too much about the 2000 election when George W. Bush beat Al Gore as I was only 9 at the time, but it was from this election later on that I learned about the Electoral College (and how our presidential election system actually works). We (well, some) learned not to put our trust in polls after the 2016 election when Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton when she was projected to beat him. Though, as the proud Libertarian I am, I voted Gary Johnson over choosing either Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum. I was surprised by the Trump win in 2016, but I wasn’t crying over my candidate not winning. Though, I was happy to see the amount of votes Johnson did get that election.

Nolan Schmidt is an independent filmmaker, and serves as Vice Chair for the Guadalupe County Libertarian Party.

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