It's seems hard to believe, but 2016 is finally here. Let the election games begin!
Oh, wait, they have already been in high gear for nearly a year now. We have been inundated with announcements, accusations, endorsements, poll results, debates, political posturing, and fundraising to the point of nervous exhaustion - and yet not one vote has been officially cast by anybody for anybody. The press has told us who's up and who's down as they tried in vain to capture and analyze the political will of the American populace, all without the benefit on any election results. Candidates have gone on talk shows, sold books, kissed babies, posed for selfies, and begged for donations. Some have already left the race - and yet no votes have been cast.
Iowa will hold the nation's first 2016 presidential caucus a month from yesterday, and then the caucuses and primaries will begin in earnest. The wisdom of the pundits will begin to be measured not by the thickness of their mother's scrapbooks, but by actual votes cast. It's about to get real!
And a year from now the results will be known and America will be preparing for the inauguration of the forty-fifth President of the United States. Let us hope that person will be someone who is calm, and wise, and caring - and who will make us proud - someone like our forty-fourth!