You’re not alone, as this chart shows. Older people (Silent Generation) are the most stressed out (probably because they are the most vulnerable group of people), followed by young adult Millennials, a generation that has been hobbled by an economic system that has prevented them from being able to get a foothold in the door of full adulthood (no, they are NOT entitled–they just want what previous generations had that has been denied to them). Gen-Xers are the least stressed out, but they have always been somewhat disaffected and of all the living generations, tend to be the least involved in politics and the least likely to vote. They tend to focus most of their attention on personal or local matters as opposed to national ones. But even almost half of them are on tenterhooks about the election along with everyone else.
Other countries are nervous about this election too. Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz talks about that in this article and video. I think of all the elections in the history of this nation, none has been as nerve-wracking as this one. Given the mood of the country right now, no matter who wins, I could see massive rioting breaking out in urban areas should it be a close election.
I really wish I could just leave should the worst happen. If Trump wins, I could see people leaving the country en masse, especially progressives with enough means to do so and young Millennials who aren’t afraid of taking risks. It would be the first time in history that people wanted to get out of America. Should something like that happen, we’d be left with a nation full of wealthy white conservatives and the most vulnerable impoverished people, with no one in between as a buffer. That would bring us even closer to third-world status than we already are. I could see mass unrest/rioting or even a civil war breaking out all too easily, and a police state being set up to control the hordes of angry, rioting people. I could see a Hunger Games-type situation in our future. We are definitely in a fourth turning. Think the housing crisis of 2008 was bad? You ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s not gonna be pretty.
I wonder if another wealthy country (like Canada?) would intervene in that case, the way we always seem to be getting involved in other countries who need outside assistance. I heard a rumor that Canada has set aside areas for refugees to settle should Trump win, which would not require a passport. I have no idea if this is true or not. Even Mexico (which hardly qualifies as first world) looks like a viable option for those who want to escape.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to vomit on election night from the stress. I’ve never been this nervous about any election.