Written by Ainsley Burns
Ever since we girls could talk, we’ve heard the phrase “Boys will be Boys. And if they are mean to you, that just means they like you.” When I was in 1st grade, I was bullied so terribly by a boy that I was scared to even walk into class. Every day he would pull my hair. I remember, once, he held scissors to my braid and pretended to cut it off. He told me I was a nerd, and that it was weird I was good at math. Because of him I have horrible math anxiety. I thought I was worthless and stupid. I told my friends about this boy, and guess what they told me? “Boys will be boys. He’s probably mean to you because he likes you.” This boy bullied me until 3rd grade. I would come home crying because he had scribbled on my notes or said I was stupid. Because of him it’s hard to feel like I matter. In this town, we’ve been teaching this idea to kids, but maybe it’s time to teach something better. Instead of saying “boys will be boys” why not teach boys how to behave like good men?
Think about the dress code: it's only directed at girls. Skirts and shorts only 4 inches above the knee. How many guys would this even be a concern for? No tank tops allowed, but boys often wear tank tops and rarely get dress-coded. When I was in fourth grade, I wore a tank top to school for field day and was forced to put on a jacket, while the boys were running around shirtless. Enforcing an absurd double standard for girls just teaches boys that a girl’s value is tied to her clothing. It teaches boys that what we wear gives them permission to touch us, or catcall us, or worse. We're teaching boys that girls aren't allowed to wear what we want because how we look is more important than who we are. Worst of all, we’re teaching boys that they don’t need to be responsible for their own words, thoughts, and actions. Instead of teaching boys that they can define us by our clothes. Real men don’t blame their behavior or their thoughts on someone else’s clothing. Real men take responsibility for their own actions. Instead of teaching boys to treat a woman like she is an object, let’s teach them to be real men who know how to treat women, regardless of what they wear.
Another problem I’ve seen at Madison is boys telling girls what to do or what they can be. Too many boys still think that women exist just for cooking or cleaning. Boys say we can’t compete in sports, or don’t need to go on to college. They say women shouldn’t be project leaders, or are even sometimes disrespectful to their female teachers. But real men know that women deserve the same opportunities as men and that we are equally capable. Instead of teaching boys that women are fragile and only good for watching the children and making dinner, let’s teach boys to be real men who know that women and men should work together, in home and the workplace.
The world is changing, but too often, we aren’t changing what we’re teaching. By teaching boys and girls that men are the more powerful gender we’re just dooming ourselves. Women all over the world struggle because the men and women of tradition can’t get their heads out of their medieval, old, outdated ideas. Men and women, boys and girls, deserve better than “boys will be boys.”
If you want to make a girl happy, don’t treat her like an object. Don’t touch her without consent. Don’t tell her how to dress. Don’t tie her clothes to her standards and don’t take over her life. We need to be teaching our next generation this because, right now, we’re failing as a society.
My message to you is that it is time to teach our boys to be real men. Boys will be boys, but what our girls and women need are men who will stand up for us, who value women not for what we wear but who we are. We need to teach our boys to recognize that we are all equal.
by Polly Esther
“How you dress so shall you be perceived. And as you are perceived, so shall you be treated." People use the freedom of choosing what to wear as a way to be creative and express themselves. Some people feel that dress codes suppress their individuality. No matter how much of students’ creativity is thought to be taken away by school dress codes, strict schools dress codes really are beneficial to students. Public school dress codes should be more strict to enforce safety, respect, and a positive learning environment.
To start with, many schools have had problems with students sneaking weapons into school, but dress codes ensure a safer situation for students. Besides guns, some girls seem to make themselves a target of bodily assault. Many acts of physical abuse have been reported to have been caused by a girl’s clothing. While everyone is responsible for their own actions, enticing clothing does not help the abusers’ temptation. With a policy that students have to wear modest clothes, the rate of physical abuse could go down. Different schools are located in areas with different crime rates. Some schools with dress codes require student’s belt lines to be showing at all times for fear of them hiding guns (Wilder and Key). The number of school shootings could be reduced if more schools adopt this policy. In some places, overall crime rates have even gone down. A report from the New York Police Department in 2007 said that after beginning a uniform policy in 2000, the overall crime rate was down 14.7%. If implementing a dress code creates a safer situation for students, why not enforce a strict one?
Not only are dress codes keeping students safe, they also can establish an attitude of respect between students, their peers, and their teachers. Because of the fact that some “in” styles are considered inappropriate, dress codes reduce the amount of pressure from peers and one's self to keep up with the ever-changing fads. With a strictly enforced dress code in public schools, many “in” styles would be outlawed. Not only do dress codes help peers respect each other, they also can help build positive relationships between students and their teachers. A psychologist and professor at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University asked students about they way clothing can have an impact on others. Many responded that they wished they had a dress code. Some even said that teachers treated them differently based on what they were wearing. Students learn better when they have good relationships with their teachers, and dress codes can help build those relationships. After conducting a survey of several students, the date showed that 50% agreed with the following statement: “Even though I want to wear whatever I want, I understand that some things I wear could make other uncomfortable.” The majority also said that dress codes were a way to establish structure and respect in their school. In one school, a fifteen-year-old girl got in trouble for wearing shorts that did not comply with her school’s dress code. She complained, “‘I feel bad because it's my body ... and there's no reason for the school to be telling me that I have to cover it up.’” While it is true that each person should love themselves, including their body, this does not mean that people have a right to show off their body in inappropriate ways. Just because a student feels comfortable with what they are wearing, that does not mean they are not making others feels uncomfortable. School should be a place where students want to be, not a place that makes them uncomfortable.
Another part of students comfort is linked to a positive learning environment, which can be established by a strict dress code. There are enough distractions in school is it is: friends, cell phones, and bullying; no one needs to add the distraction of clothes that draw attention to people and their bodies. An article on the pros and cons of school dress codes explains:
Choosing what to wear on a daily can be a struggle especially if a student knows that her peers wear branded clothes and accessories. Imposing a strict policy on what students should wear can motivate them to focus more on their lessons instead on how they look and what to wear every day. Although this policy does not necessarily include wearing school uniforms, regulating the clothes worn in school can prevent distracting a student from concentrating on his or her studies.
Junior high and high school are difficult to endure for many different reasons. One main reason is peer pressure, and deciding what to wear. Some peer pressure gets so bad that it becomes bullying, which is also a challenge for students to experience. By all students wearing clothes following similar standards, bullying could be lessened. (“6 Advantages”). Many bullies use verbal abuse to deprive others of their self-confidence. Some kids are teased for shopping at thrift stores instead of buying brand new, popular clothes. Since some of the “in” clothes don’t comply with dress code rules, no one will be wearing them. Bullies pick on kids who are different, but if everyone dressed similarly, bullying could diminish. Not only can dress codes reduce the amount of bullying, they can also prepare students for the future. A sense of order prepares students for the workplace. Many students will be in situations at work where there are strict rules. Strict dress codes establish uniformity in school, preparing students for future situations at work.
Whether students are at work or at school, in our world today, inappropriate clothes seem to be more and more acceptable. This is especially true for girls. Many girls feels targeted by dress codes, as many of the rules are directed only toward them, but is it any wonder why? Girls’ clothes that are being sold in clothes are generally more revealing than boys’ clothing. This does not mean that all boys’ clothing is completely appropriate. Still, many shorts for girls are extremely short, tank tops can be found everywhere, as well as low-cut, tight, and cropped tops. People who create dress codes aren’t necessarily trying to target girls, but girls’ clothes that are sold in the majority of popular stores. However, it’s not just the students that find fault with the dress codes. Some parents point out that clothes following the rules of strict dress codes are very expensive. Depending on where they live, that could be true. Yet after a survey of several students, only one of them said that clothes obeying their schools’ rules on clothing were expensive and hard to find. Besides the fact the fact that this complaint only stands true for some people, it is not the schools’ job to monitor prices of clothes at popular stores. Most superintendents did not go to business school. In addition to opposition due to expensive clothing, several students protest dress codes because the feel that if they can’t wear whatever they want, they have no creativity or expression. Yet students who really want to be creative can still find a way to express themselves with appropriate clothing.
Our world is developing. Danger and immodesty are taking over. What can we do to stop it? Something like implementing a dress code may seem too simple, and \while it can’t fix all of the problems of this modern era, it can surely help. No one likes hearing about school shootings. No one likes to feel uncomfortable. And no one wants to be bullied. School dress codes can lessen all things mentioned above. Safety, respect, and positive atmospheres are important, now more than ever. Dress codes can change our schools for the better.
by Say N Goodwords
If you’ve ever been to high school, you’ve probably encountered some swearing. Many schools, including our own Madison High School have outlawed the use of swear words, but that doesn’t stop a good chunk of the student body from using vulgar language on a regular basis. However, when people swear, they aren’t always aware of how it makes others feel. You would think schools might at least try to help the situation; but in reality, it’s quite the opposite. School dances in Rexburg play songs with swearing and suggestive language, and it needs to stop because it breaks the rules and hurts the students.
Madison High School does not even allow swearing, so school dances should be no exception. The MHS handbook states that “Students at school sponsored off-campus activities are subject to all rules and regulations” (“MHS” 11). Any use of profanity is considered a Class III Disciplinary Action, punishable by parent contact, suspension, and even recommendation for expulsion (“MHS” 23). Madison school district seems to take use of dirty and suggestive language very seriously; why not, then, enforce such rules when it clearly states in the handbook that rules apply on and off campus at school-sponsored events? P.M. Forni, author of "Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct," notes that many teens are comfortable with swearing because parents and teachers don’t address the issue. School dances should not be playing songs with suggestive language because it sends the message that teachers are very lenient on important rules, and that does not set a good example for students.
In addition, such bad songs encourage others to swear, which will have negative effects on them later in life. Almost two-thirds of employers said they don’t think very highly of those who swear in the workplace. Swearing can also have negative effects on the brain’s frontal lobe. Playing songs with bad words at school dances encourages swearing. Not only does swearing hurt students socially, but it might actually harm them psychologically, too.
Furthermore, many students are uncomfortable with swearing. A Gallup Youth Survey found that 46 percent of the teenagers surveyed (ages 13-17) admitted to swearing at least several times a week, even daily. That’s less than half! It is unfair and inconsiderate for Madison High School to ignore the majority of their student body’s values and beliefs. Some adolescents hear suggestive language often enough that they don’t realize it’s wrong. Inidnan V. is an inner-city school teacher where she often hears swearing. This teacher explains that lesson are often needed to remind students of the harmful aspects of swearing. “They hate these lessons because deep down inside, they know how to act." Everyone deserves for their values and beliefs to be respected. Playing such dirty songs at school dances here in Rexburg does not comply with that right.
“Well, what about freedom of speech?” some may ask. “It’s a free country!” Truly, America is a wonderful place with religious freedom, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech. This does not, though, imply that such rights and creative licenses are to be forced upon others. Others may point out that if those who do not support swearing don’t have to come to the dance. But is that really fair? High school is a time for making wonderful memories and experiencing special milestones, including formal dances. It is simply unkind and selfish to play songs that teach teens that drugs, sex, and swearing are okay - because they’re not. School dances should be a clean, fun, family-friendly event for all teenagers to enjoy. Freedom of speech is not more important than being kind and considerate of anyone.
Rules are rules. If Madison High School prohibits the use of profanity, they should not put bad songs on the prom playlist. Why expose teenagers to such language at a school-sponsored event and risk their future career, and even their mental health? The students of Madison deserve better than that. We all deserve to have a voice, but that does not mean disrespecting others. So what can you do? Talk to your school administrators. Join the dance committee and push for cleaner, better songs. Stand up for yourself, as well as the majority of students who chose not to listen to dirty language. Let Rexburg know: We don’t give a darn for swear words played at school dances.
by Jackson Chenault
Individual truth. The idea that some things are true for some people, and not true for others. On this subject, people “have their own truths”. This is, however, ridiculous. This suggests that facts are subjective. That is ridiculous. Truth is, by definition, hard fact. It is not some wishi-washi opinion. It is reality. Regardless, let’s suppose there is an “own truth”, (mathematicians call this “proof by contradiction”).
Accepting this “individual truth” concept poses some challenges. Should individual truth be admissible in court. Obviously not. That would be a catastrophe. Why couldn’t the guilty defendant, accused of murder, plead that his truth allowed him to do what he did? Rejecting certain forms of “own truth” can’t be, that violates the very premise of it. On a test could you answer “my truth”? If “own truth” is a valid concept, you would have to accept it. It is, after all, true for them, and, again, you cannot deny specific “own truths”. What if someone used “own truth” as scientific evidence, because it is, after all, true. “Own truth” is a gateway to justification of any and everything. That is, obviously not allowable.
The origin of “own truth” is unclear, but let’s venture a guess. This concept seems rather similar to opinions, and so it likely arose from them. People feel a need to be right. People are also rather obstinate. They don’t want to change. No one wants to change. Needing to be right, and not changing are usually mutually exclusive. That is, until you change the rules. If you can define truth as whatever you so please, then however you feel is right. I would warn the reader against this folly. By slipping into it you invite uncertainty into every branch of life. The school and justice systems would be rocked to their core. Just look back at the earlier examples. Debate would persist because the public can decide for themselves, but what about congress or anywhere else decisions that affect everyone are made? It would remove all checks and balances of whatever system is in question as anyone can have their “own truth” about it.
To be clear, I am not advocating the removal or suppression of legitimate worldviews. You can believe in fascism or anarchy, collectivism or individualism, Locke or Hobbes, and that’s your prerogative (and I’ll listen if you back your view up with evidence). In the words of Voltaire “I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. What I am advocating against is the belief that some things are “true for you”. There are things that are true about you. There are things that you believe are true. There is not, however, some alternate reality with different facts that you and only you are living in.
I will end with a plea, though perhaps that is too self-righteous. I urge you, dear reader, to think for yourself. I urge you to formulate your own worldview. I even urge you to argue against me. But, perhaps most of all, I again urge you to not fall into the folly that your beliefs are the absolute truth.
by Ella Smith
Electric Love is a name that has been thrown around for a few weeks. You probably know by now that the Junior High is throwing a Valentine’s dance with the fantastic song Electric Love as it’s inspiration. With such a large event approaching, many theories and speculations have been introduced about what this song by the famous artist Borns actually means.
The song Electric Love is part of an album titled Dopamine. By definition, dopamine is “A neurotransmitter released by the brain that plays a number of roles in humans and other animals. Some of its notable functions are in movement, memory, sleep, mood, and learning.”
So what is the true meaning of "Electric Love"? Though "electric love", the phrase, is in relation with the feeling of using heroin, it is also described as an intense feeling of love. I mention this because one of the theories that has floated around has suggested that this song is an anthem to drugs. But as the artist Borns himself said, in an interview with I Heart Radio, “ Electric Love started with that guitar riff, the na-na-na-na-na-na. I wanted to do kind of a glam, rocky, shuffle beat. Just (an) anthemic love song about this fantasy of this lover.”
With absolutely no excuse now not to go to an amazing party, get on your neon, and we’ll see you on the dance floor!
by Allison Pope
January 6th, 2021. A chilling start to the new year that will go down in this nation’s history as a pivotal show of hypocrisy, double standards and white privilege. The day started as the day the electoral college would meet to confirm Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. Donald Trump held a rally and continued on with his claim of voter fraud even after many thorough investigations continuously proved otherwise. He continued to stir up contention in the crowd with not-so-subtle comments such as, “We’re going to have to fight much harder…” or, “You’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong,” Trump even insinuated that if they protested he would be alongside him saying, “After this we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you.” His speech stirred up anger and contention between the Trump supporters and the election process, and therefore the electoral college who was in the Capitol building at the moment voting. So they followed along and protested outside of the Capital, dressed up in Trump memorabilia and waving all sorts of flags, American and Confederate, the latter of which being a mockery of the other.
The protest quickly turned to a riot, and the crowd pushed through the police that had been deployed to guard the Capitol, but it soon became very clear to them that they had not been prepared for this kind of attack. All around rioters were scaling the Capitol, breaking windows and such to force themselves in and eventually, after a little over an hour, they did. Rioters stormed the Capitol, breaking and defacing the once pristine halls. Representative Daniel Kildee tweeted as the world watched, holding its breath, “...We have been instructed to lie down on the floor and put on our gas masks. Chamber security and Capitol police have their guns drawn as protesters bang on the front door of the chambers. This is not a protest. This is an attack on America.” A man was photographed holding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s podium, another at her desk, leaving a chilling note that said, “we will not back down” while people around him broke mirrors in her office, stole a computer, and completely vandalised it. Congressmen and women continued to hide as they feared for their lives. Nancy Pelosi in an interview with 60 Minutes said that the staff were forced to hide and barricade themselves in a conference room as the rioters banged and yelled outside saying, “Where’s the Speaker? We know she has staff. They’re here somewhere, we’re going to find them.”
Finally, all too late, Vice President Mike Pence ordered the city’s entire National Guard to protect the Capitol. As the world watched, people begged the President to do something about it. Trump put out a couple of short tweets advising them to be peaceful. This later led to a short video message on Twitter retelling his narrative that the election had been rigged, but that they should go home, saying “...we love you, you’re very special...” as these people completely vandalised the Capitol building. But still people persisted, refusing to stand down. Twitter took down the video and some of his other tweets, deeming it too dangerous, and locked him out of his account for 12 hours, eventually permanently banning him from the app. Finally, the police finished clearing the Capitol building and as curfew hit, the rioters went home. The electoral college finished counting the votes later that evening, confirming Joe Biden as the next President despite the riot’s best attempts. The riot ended the lives of five individuals, as well as a police officer that worked to defend the Capitol taking his own life days later.
So what can we take away from these ghastly events? These sycophants attempted to destroy a government building that demonstrated the core of democracy in this country, just because they didn’t get their way. They had the right to protest as they have done many times before, but the second they breached the barriers, it turned into a riot, and an attack on democracy as well as the election process we have practiced for hundreds of years. The police escorted these people out of the building even after continuous mocks from the crowd, calling them “traitors” or suddenly jumping on the bandwagon they had fought to stop, shouting “ACAB” and many other profanities as the officers defended the building. The fact that they still got away with this, shows a perfect example of white privilege, as if there were a majority of black people in the crowd, this would have gone a very different way as we see and continue to see in current society. They have started arresting people who had incited violence, but the fact that they hadn’t done that at the time of the riots, but after pressure from outside forces, shows just how different the consequences are according to the color of their skin or political affiliation. With a building of that much historical and modern-day significance, the fact that it took roughly three hours to get all of the rioters out of the building is proof of how little care was shown to the events occurring by some of the leaders of this country, while other leaders hid in fear of their lives. If a black man can be killed for driving, why can mass groups of white people be allowed to destroy a building so important to this nation?
This does not have to be a fight between parties, you can be a Trump supporter or Conservative and agree that what took place was a childish show of anger that went too far, inciting fear and violence that did not need to be present. Let’s not let this divide us, instead we must use this tragic event as an example upon current and future generations of what cannot, what must not take place ever again.
by Jackson Chenault
Wednesday, a frightful scene played out on Capitol Hill. But a backdrop must first be set. On July 4, 1776 a momentous day to all Americans, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Second Continental Congress, the birth of this wonderful nation we live in. A date less known to the American populace is July 14, 1789. The French celebrate it as Bastille Day. Following years of oppression and underrepresentation, the Parisian people rose up. They stormed the Bastille, a fortress turned prison, trying to find gunpowder and weapons. They overwhelmed the guard and their commander Bernard-Renè de Launay. They tried to negotiate at first, but things went slowly. The impatient working class began to fire on the Bastille. Knowing he couldn’t hold off any sort of extended siege, Launay tried to negotiate surrender, but the drawbridge fell. Democracy in its ugliest form surged into the fortress. Launay was slaughtered along with six of his men, and the revolutionaries gained a momentum that would not be stopped until the blood of the aristocracy stained the ground, and young Louis XVI’s head rolled.
This scene has played out across the world. In 1917 Russia, 1922 in Italy, 1946 in China, 1989 in the USSR. Not the storming of an important building. A revolution. Not always for democracy, but because the government did not please this group or that. It may be the popular opinion, but not always. The one thing that these revolutions, and indeed all revolutions, have in common is the upending of the establishment. The end of the old.
Why tell you this? We have experienced our very own storming of the Bastille, but we have also lived through a silent revolution. No radicals in red berets, though radicals in black helmets did storm the streets. Actually, the silent revolutionaries could have been wearing red berets, we just couldn’t see them from the prison of our homes.
Draconian lockdowns were implemented, while the whirlwind of change swept through the country. Our traditions were outlawed, and our very way of life was upended. Revolution. We sat watching our televisions, some of us even tried to stay informed. But we couldn’t know what was coming for us on November 3. The beast of Instability. On November 3 ballots were cast, and on November 4 many began to doubt the legitimacy of the election. They fought the fight, taking every measure in their power to change it. They failed.
What happened on Capitol Hill was a culmination. It was a dam breaking. It was in so many ways the storming of the Bastille. Four years of claims against the president they loved, ten months of soul-destroying lockdown, two months of accusations about an election, and a deep-seated feeling of betrayal by the leaders of their country. A rally turned violent, and our policemen were beat. Accusations were made, and the windows were shattered. Congress convened, and anarchy reigned. These are the reasons, not excuses, men and women wearing MAGA hats ran amok in the Capitol. I guess I was wrong. The rioters did wear red hats.
by Pennie Pendleton
With the recent election and Veteren’s Day just behind us, many thoughts have turned to the nation. While there is still encouragement to “do our part for the country” in any way we can, it is certainly much less than with past generations. The Greatest Generation, for example, comes to mind, as we consider how much they sacrificed for the country. But nowadays there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of ways to show patriotism. So what can we do?
Maybe we don’t agree with our president. Maybe we hate the principles he imposes. Mark Twain once said, “Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.” When we say the pledge of allegiance, we are pledging allegiance to the flag, “and to the Republic for which it stands.” We are loyal to a standard - the American standard. We are loyal to what it means. In Physics, the principle of entropy states that every system will at one time or another descend from order to disorder. The same can be said for countries. Nothing lasts forever. So what if America were to fall into chaos and dictatorship tomorrow? Would we still give our lives for what has suddenly become the wrong cause? Of course not. We would renounce this new nation and put up the American flag somewhere else.
Let’s return to our earlier anecdote: the Greatest Generation. These were the people that grew up during the Great Depression and lived, fought, and died during the second World War. When we picture them, a simpler time comes to mind; biking to school, Saturday morning cartoons, skipping ropes, and fishing. They kept a stiff upper lip through impossibly difficult times, so why shouldn’t we?
In 2017, BYUtv produced the film Instrument of War, about an American POW who makes a violin out of spare wood he finds. Near the end of the movie, on Christmas Eve, he plays for the soldiers in the camp. And after years of freezing weather and near starvation and every possible effort to break their spirits employed against them, these soldiers find it in them to sing along to Jingle Bells, and to keep up hope.
Maybe the best way to do our part for the country these days is to keep up good morale and be kind. David McCullough once said, “There are no people on earth in whom a spirit of enthusiastic zeal is so readily enkindled, and burns so remarkably, as Americans.” Let’s not prove him wrong. Let’s be those Americans with the nose at the old grindstone, always pulling at the leash to be better, to do the Right Thing or die trying. Let’s be the next Greatest Generation.
by Jackson Chenault
A time of celebration (there is some mourning however). Champagne sales in Washington D.C. beat the last two New Year’s celebrations combined. Joy is in the air (not everywhere though), spirits are high (save half the nation), and the people scream and shout out loud (although many are angry). The results of the election have been decided! O joyous day! O most profound of happinesses! O most wonderful of eras, most brilliant of ages, most fantastical of days!
Needless to say this has been one of the most interesting and dare I say divisive elections in recent memory. Both candidates held strong bases and fought fiercely for undecided voters. Rallies were held, debates were had, and the American populace watched. We put up our signs and flags, we chanted our candidate’s name, we screamed and shouted in the name of democracy, and in the end we affected nothing. Examination of our entire running-up to the election is needed. This posturing and grandstanding must stop. Candidates must run on policy and promises rather than slander and smears. Bias must be excised from the world as the demon of society that it is. But I digress. Joe Biden won the election. The final count is unsure but he leads Trump 290-232 currently. On December 14 the electors will cast their vote.
However there is a side of the story we have yet to tell. Voter fraud allegations have been made by the Trump campaign. They say that the suspicious behavior of many swing states dealing with mail-in ballots and poll-watchers are basis to accuse them of voter fraud. The year 2000 election has begun to replay itself and as such it will likely be quite some time before we know the true undisputed winner of the election, so buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.