Oracles Do Not Exist

I never seriously considered the possibility that Donald Trump could be the next President of the United States.

I believed Hillary Clinton had a relatively easy electoral path to the White House, though I suspected that polls were not capturing the true level of Trump support, which suddenly made an appearance in secret ballots all across the country.

I didn’t want Clinton to win, and I didn’t vote for her, but I found her to be preferable to Trump.

I recap all this because as I go through the news, commentary and social media today, I find an overwhelming number of people who seem to know exactly what happened and why, and what will happen in the future, even though none of them predicted this outcome as recently as Tuesday morning.

I have no idea how this happened, or what will happen next. I’m reasonably certain neither do the teachers’ unions. The temptation is always great to predict the future, because there is status and glory in being proven right. So I’m going to make additional efforts from now on to report what has happened, rather than what I think will happen. At least, that’s my prediction.