Our Big Fat Reality Election Year


C'mon, people. Did you really think it wasn't going to come down to this? Trump versus Clinton? Don't be naïve. The die was cast on day one. All those other candidates were just supporting characters on the nation's largest Reality TV Show: The 2016 Presidential Election.

Let's break this down. The top five reality shows currently watched by more Americans than Americans actually voting are as follows:

1. American Idol
2. The Amazing Race
3. Face Off
4. Hell's Kitchen
5. Keeping up with the Kardashians
6. *a notable mention goes to Total Divas just because I like the name

Now, substitute Clinton versus Trump in ANY one of these shows as the main characters and BOOM! You've got yourself an election. After all, without getting too political, aren't we all looking for our next American Idol? One with the oratory skills of Bill, the communication skills of Reagan, the negotiating skills of Obama and with the looks (and the womanizing skills) of {insert Clinton or Kennedy - your pick}? We are watching this AMAZING RACE unfold before our very eyes. In every town hall meeting, with every dig on Megyn Kelly, with every bad Hillary Clinton hair day. It's a true FACE OFF every time we turn on the television. Who will they insult next? It's so bad, in fact that it's HELL! And since we can't watch this stuff without eating, heck, it's HELL'S KITCHEN! The 2016 Presidential Election is HELL! It's turned our country into a massive working reality TV set! And everyone's laughing at us. Even those guys behind the wall that Trump is building in Mexico. In fact, it's so bad, it makes Keeping Up with the Kardashians look like an Emmy award winning series!

Bring on the next BACHELOR! Put Hillary on CHOPPED. Cast Donald as the next leader of DANCE MOMS. We have done this to ourselves in the same way we block traffic for hours desperately seeking a glimpse of the car accident on the side of the road. We are simply waiting to see WHAT THE HECK THESE CANDIDATES ARE GOING TO DO NEXT.

Except we're forgetting one thing. This is OUR COUNTRY. Built on some very solid foundations by some very smart FRAMERS. And we owe it to ourselves to dust off our 5th grade history books and read why this country is supposed to be the best country in the entire world. Why this country IS the best country in the entire world. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to learn about the issues, to read the commentaries, to ask questions about issues that mean something to us and to glean what we can from the John Olivers, the Wolf Blitzers and, gulp, even the Sean Hannitys of the world. But most importantly, we owe it to ourselves to NOT assume that this whole election thing is purely for our entertainment. Because when it's all said and done, guess what? Our {insert your favorite reality show name - Survivor, Bachelor, Chopped, American Idol} winner is going to be running this country!

And there's only so much room in Canada, no matter who you want voted off more.