“I have to go upstairs and write a blog,” I said to my wife. “Whoa, wait. What are you going to write about?” She asked, as if I’ve ever written anything controversial. “You’re not writing about politics,” she said as I shut the door and ran upstairs. Not write about politics? Really? When the country hasn’t chosen a president ? When our lives, our nation, our future, hang in the balance? That’s all anyone and everyone is thinking about, talking about, worrying about! Remember hanging chads? I do. What’s going to be remembered about this election – sharpies?

Truth is, I love politics. Sunday morning talk shows are my favorite. I enjoy the powerhouse roundtables, the interviews that turn into stump speeches, and listening to politicians evade questions to get in their one liners. I watched the election coverage most of the night, knowing there wouldn’t be a decision for a few days, thinking maybe, just maybe, something crazy might happen. The night did not disappoint. The blue wave didn’t happen. (Will Nate Silver ever be asked to be part of political broadcast again?) Someone said the African American community didn’t vote in the numbers democrats expected. Can you blame them?—two white senior citizen males? That’s all we got? (Cue Dave Chapelle) Then there’s the religious fervor connected to the election. Some local pundits questioned the salvation of anyone and everyone with a Biden sign in their yard. Yes, we’re saved by grace through faith, not by works, unless you vote for a democrat.

What to write about, if not politics? I could write about Conan O’Brien’s podcast or David Letterman’s new show. Or, David Letterman being interviewed by Conan O’Brien on his new podcast, talking about Bob Hope and Johnny Carson. What’s more old and uncool – knowing who Bob Hope and Johnny Carson are, or the fact I’m still watching and listening to Letterman and O’Brien? I could talk about Bruce Springsteen’s new record. (The fact I just used the word record says something…never mind Springsteen.) I introduced my son, who loves the blues and folk music, to the Nebraska album. (Again… album…) He loves it—I’d forgotten how dark it is.

I’d really like to write about how desperate President Trump and his inner circle are right now. Listening to his grown children and Giuliani whine and threaten Republicans who don’t question the election process is “I can’t look away” painful. Remember when George Costanza pretended to be a cool tough guy to impress Elaine’s friend, only to end up whimpering and crying at the police station? Or, the “Do I know you?” treatment Jerry gave his girlfriend at the soup Nazi counter? That’s how Mitch McConnell is answering Trump’s calls right now. (“Who is this?”) This whole election could be one killer Seinfeld episode. Biden would make a great Nana—”I had a pony!“—or Jerry’s dad the raincoat salesman.

There’s something very Ecclesiastes about this election. One moment you’re king, and the next, you’re just a guy with a fake tan who owns a bunch of hotels that may or may not make money. For the Democrats, you go from Obama, with a killer jump shot, able to win Wisconsin by 8 or 9 points (That’s what I do!), to Biden, who might get to be president some day?

So much material, so many political blogs to be written, but I’m under strict orders. Oh well, only two years and the whole circus starts up again. I can’t wait!

Jason Lief

Dr. Jason Lief teaches courses in Christian education and youth ministry. A Northwestern College graduate, he served as the chaplain for Pella (Iowa) Christian High School while earning a master’s degree in theology from Wheaton College Graduate School. He also completed a doctorate in practical theology from Luther Seminary. He previously taught theology and youth ministry at Dordt College for 10 years. Dr. Lief is the author of “Poetic Youth Ministry: Loving Young People by Learning to Let Them Go” and "Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred.”

9 Comments

  • Bob Crow says:

    Thanks Jason. I am grateful for your prompt to remember Seinfeld. “Is this your orthopedic back pillow and Fibercon?” I had forgotten the square off between Elaine and Mortie. Classic.

  • John Kleinheksel says:

    Hard to discern the true scenario right now.
    So many conspiracy theories out there. So much hubris on both sides of the spectrum.
    Hopefully the courts will help all of us sort it out. Not a happy time. Still confusion, disruption, distrust.
    We live by hope. There is a better future to which we are being drawn. Patience. Doing the right thing. Today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

  • Tom says:

    Your wife is wise.

  • Jim says:

    Your wife is wise, but you don’t have to listen.

  • Barbara Schaap says:

    I need to ask Tamara to meet me for a cup of coffee at The Fruited Plain soon. We can collaborate.
    Barb Schaap

  • Susan DeYoung says:

    Oh, Jason! Please reassure your dear Tammy that we don’t hold her responsible for the things you say and do. But…please keep it up! You fall into the “good trouble” category. John Lewis would be proud. One more thing…thanks for all the Seinfeld references!

  • ELly says:

    Well done! It certainly gave me a chuckle or two, which have been very hard to come by of late!

  • Gloria Goris Stronks says:

    Good piece! And this is why we marry…so there will always be someone there to ask the questions that will help us be smarter than we are on our own.

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