Writing an article that you know is going to be published the day after a potentially game-changing election is a challenge. But even without knowing the outcome, there are a couple of things about this election that will certainly be true: Conservatives will be angry that they haven't ushered in the new Ayn Rand utopia, and liberals will be denied their dream of bringing Swedish Social Democracy to America.
The fact that neither understands what any of this means is beside the point; there will be abundant commentary today and everyone will be angry about something. I, on the other hand, having the benefit of foresight, already know whom to blame. If you didn't vote yesterday, it's all your fault.
The refrain I kept hearing, especially among young people, was that they just weren't inspired to participate this year. As though a politician's inability to motivate somehow gave them permission to sit this one out. Participation is a privilege and an obligation, not some dinner party you skip if you suspect it won't be entertaining, or there won't be an open bar.