I bet, like me, you’re sick of this Presidential election stuff. You know what I mean: The saturation bombing of negative ads. Cable news and talk radio hosts screeching like they missed a distemper shot. Social media friends posting lame memes thinking that this will persuade you to vote one way or the other. The coarseness of our discussions with one another. The negativity that seems to saturate the very air we breathe. Frankly, I find it exhausting.
America, I’d like to propose a deal: A weeklong post election period of National silence regarding all things political. (I’d like a month, but let’s start out slow).
This period would serve many purposes: a time for cultural detox; a chance for perspective taking; a time to regain our individual and collective balance. In short, a chance for restoration. In fact, the name I’d propose for it is Restoravus. You know, like Frank Costanza’s Festivus, but without the ritual insults.
Here’s how it works. The day after the election is over we just stop talking about it. Simple, right? It means we take all of our political lawn signs down immediately. It means no gloating that your candidate won or my grousing that my candidate was robbed. It means nothing even vaguely political gets posted on Face Book, Twitter, etc. Total. Political. Silence.
I know that for many of us, this will be difficult at first. To be sure some of our loved ones will be discovered in darkened rooms arguing foreign trade policy with the goldfish. Some of us will succumb to picking fights with random strangers over the continued relevance of daylight savings time. Let’s be patient with ourselves and each other. It’s all part of the healing process.
With a little effort, we’ll find plenty of non-political stuff to fill our time and restore our souls. My suggestions? Let’s seize the week to post those videos of cats riding Roombas and dogs dressed as unicorns – you know you’ve been waiting for an excuse. Eat comfort food, whatever you like. Perhaps a National consensus will emerge. Monday could become National meatloaf day. Tuesday could be macaroni and cheese. Drink coffee. Eat pie, lots of pie. Watch old movies that don’t involve politics. For the really bold among us, talk with your kids.
I’d be thrilled if you started observing Restoravus, even a little bit. Talk to your family, friends and neighbors about it. But for now, let’s not write to our elected representatives about it.