When Creative Time Reports asked me to respond to the U.S. election, I thought a lot about our faith in elections and the change they portend to bring. Over the past year, I have heard many arguments claiming the kind of change this nation needs will never be brought about by our current electoral process. Today, a day after the election, as this momentous process comes to a close, there still seems to be some doubt in the air— some people believe in elections, while some don’t. I decided to write an Op-Ed piece based on the famous editorial “Is There a Santa Claus?” that appeared in the September 21, 1897 edition ofThe (New York) Sun. The format and content has changed a little bit to fit our current discourse.
*Each highlighted portion of the URLs below is a separate hyperlink.