“I may be crazy. But it just might be a lunatic you’re looking for.” – Billy Joel
Last night (election night 2016) was crazy. Maybe even a little lunatic crazy. Pretty sure Billy Joel nailed it back in early 1980 when he was prophetically telling the voters of 2016: “You may be right. You may be crazy. But it just might be a lunatic you’re looking for.” Did America get it right? Is America crazy? Is it a lunatic we’re looking for or voted for?
This post originally started out as a nice little harmless post that would be dedicated to my first trip to see Billy Joel in concert this Friday, November 11th. He’s playing at the BOK Center in Tulsa, and the wife and I will be there in section 122 singing along to all of our favorites, and we can’t wait. I was going to talk about and feature my favorite 80’s Billy Joel song – the Frankie Valli-sounding “Uptown Girl” inspired by then girlfriend supermodel Elle Macpherson and later adapted to Christie Brinkley. But after last night, my goodness, a different Joel song seems way more appropriate today.
Like many I expected a Clinton win. I knew she wouldn’t win my state of Arkansas, which has voted red now in 8 of the past 10 elections. Only the two elections with Bill Clinton on the presidential ticket ended with Arkansas voting Democrat, which is understandable given the fact that Clinton was governor of the state before then. But to say I was shocked may be a bit of an overstatement. Surprised though? Yes.
Regardless of your political affiliation or views though this election just took the whole damn status quo and crushed it like my Power Team nephew crushes cinder blocks with his elbow.
As I’ve listened to people today and scoured the social media outlets I’ve heard and seen the uncertainty in people (Democrat and Republican alike) who were and are using words like “worried,” “anxious,” and “scared.” Do I think it’s exaggeration? No I don’t. But, I’d be remiss if I didn’t try to at least be a small voice of reason and reassurement. Maybe it will help you or maybe it won’t, but here are a few thoughts I’ve come to accept and believe in the wake of the craziest election I hope any of us will ever be witness to:
- God is in control (not the Republicans or the Democrats) and you better hang onto that one. If you’re not really religious or consider yourself “Christian,” you may want to check into it. It’s pretty awesome.
- This country is and has always been about change. Just look at our presidential elections over the past 40 years as proof – Trump (Republican) after 8 yrs. of Obama (Democrat) after 8 yrs. of Bush (Republican) after 8 yrs. of Clinton (Democrat) after 12 years of Reagan/Bush (Republican) after 4 years of Carter (Democrat). Notice a trend? We change. We move forward. Repeat.
- The President gets too much credit when things go well and too much blame when they don’t. I understand that he’s an easy scapegoat for problems, but are you really going to hold him accountable for your terrible commute or your terrible job or your terrible attitude in general.
- There are good and bad with every President even if you refuse to see it or look for it. Don’t just dwell on one or the other, and try to find the goodness (especially when “the other candidate” wins. See the actual, flawed person (like you and I) and accept that fact. He or she is a flawed human being just like me.
“You were lonely for a man. I said take me as I am. ‘Cause you might enjoy some madness for a while”
Come on now soothsayer Billy Joel! “Madness” you say? LOL. Let’s hope it doesn’t quite get to that. Billy Joel is a legend and he absolutely dominated the musical airwaves in the late 70’s and 80’s. This man bookended the ’80’s with #1 hits. “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” hit #1 in the summer of 1980 and “We Didn’t Start the Fire” was a #1 hit for him in the winter of 1989. In between he had 18 top 40 hits, and keep in mind that was just the 80’s. He was already a superstar by the end of the 70’s, and though his career began to wind down in the 90’s he still had four top 40 hits from 1990 until his last album of original material “River of Dreams” in 1993. An amazing artist. An amazing career.
My wife has seen Billy perform before, but it was twenty plus years ago on one of his many tours with Elton John. This will be my first time, and a check mark on my top 5 musical bucket list. Like many of the big musical stars Joel leans left and said he was voting for Clinton but added (through his publicist) that “I have no desire to influence anyone to think as I do. My personal opinion shouldn’t matter to anyone with their own free will.” Personally, that’s a stance from musicians, actors, and “famous” people that I can respect and agree with. You can tell me who you’re voting for if you want, but that should be the end of your statement. I don’t need anything else nor do I care to hear you expand on your reasoning or what you’re going to do if your person doesn’t win. From Ted Nugent to Miley Cyrus, I’m talking to you.
Well, the election of 2016 is history, and what an interesting, shake-your-head in disbelief history footnote it will make in the realms of history books everywhere. Thankfully the critical, ugly, too-ridiculous-to-watch political advertising is over with (for another few years anyway) as well, and now we can focus on moving forward.
“It’s too late to fight. It’s too late to change me. You may be wrong for all I know. But you may be right”
“You May Be Right” You may be crazy. It just might be a lunatic you’re looking for. Let’s get back together again in four years and compare notes. Joel has jokingly dedicated his song “The Entertainer” to Trump in pre-election concerts, but I think this hit from 1980 that peaked at #7 on the charts is much more appropriate today. The video is a 1987 live performance of Billy Joel in the old USSR foreseeing the future of our presidential election…
Thanks for your time and I love you irregardless of whether you’re a blue donkey or red elephant or somewhere in between.
Well, Billy Joel was awesome. The guy is 67 but he can still put on an amazing stage show. And as you might expect, here is a clip of “You May Be Right”…