This is not a political blog, and this is not a political post, so please don’t reply about which candidate you believe is best or which party you think is ruining the country, or any of that, because I will delete those kind of comments.
But there’s something we all need to understand. No matter who wins or loses in today’s election, no matter which party controls the House and Senate, no matter if you are happy or outraged with the results of the voting, the sun will come out tomorrow.
I say this because I have heard from at least four or five people who have told me they are holding off on making any travel plans for the winter until after the election because they just don’t know what’s going to happen. I can tell you what’s going to happen – somebody’s going to get elected and a whole bunch of people are going to be happy, and a whole bunch of other people are going to be ticked off. So what?
No matter who wins or loses, nobody is going to close down the highways. They’re not going to set up border checkpoints at state lines. You will still be able to buy fuel. And your favorite RV parks will still be open and doing business, just like they were last week, and last month, and last year. And just like they will be next week, and next month, and next year.
We traveled the country fulltime in an RV for over 17 years and I have seen this happen every election year. People start freaking out because of politics. We have traveled from one end of this great nation of ours to the other, ocean to ocean and border to border, and it didn’t really matter if a Democrat or Republican was in office. Trust me, the nice folks at Flying J will be very happy to let you fill up your fuel tank no matter who you voted for.
Let’s be honest. Political rhetoric aside, do you really think somebody’s going to tell you that you can’t travel come Wednesday morning, or that a revolution will start and it won’t be safe to do so? Neither the Donald nor Hillary really care if you spend your winter in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, or soaking up the sunshine in one of the snowbird roosts in Yuma, Arizona, or enjoying the beaches here in Florida.
I think some folks just need something to worry about or they aren’t happy. Back when we were holding our Gypsy Journal rallies, I was always amazed at how many people told us they couldn’t come to our Spring rally in Arizona because they had to return home to Minnesota or Ohio or some other cold, snowy place in time to file their income taxes. More than once I suggested that they do them wherever they were, which was definitely going to be warmer and nicer than where they came from. And more than once people said, “No, I have to mail them from my home address, otherwise it raises red flags with the IRS.”
Yes, I’m certain some Poindexter clerk somewhere in an office in Washington, DC, or Ogden, Utah, or wherever they process tax returns, is sitting there looking at millions of envelopes to make sure the postmark matches the address on the 1040 form.
So come on people, stop worrying over nothing. Cast your vote, celebrate or complain about the results, and get on with life. There’s a great big country out here to explore in your RV, so stop pulling your hair out about things that aren’t going to happen anyhow and enjoy life. Each of us comes with an expiration date, and when that day rolls around I don’t think any of you are going to be sitting around going, “Damn, if I could have just gotten five more people to vote for my candidate way back in 2016 I could rest in peace!”
Thought For The Day – It has been said that we humans use only 10% of our brain. Imagine the mess we’d be in if we used all of it.