I mentioned to a few people that I would have a “post mortem” post after the election, no matter what the results were, so here it is.
Let’s be clear–America lost November 8,2016, and it didn’t really matter who won the election, I would’ve drawn the same conclusion. Never in our history have we had two more undeserving candidates competing for executive control of the country. But it is what it is. Donald Trump is now our President, and every American has to root for him to succeed.
But we also need to prepare ourselves to do better the next time around. And by that, I mean the following:
–Politicians: cooperation and compromise are NOT dirty words. Use them frequently, when possible, to get things accomplished in this country. If last night taught us anything, it’s that America is tired of “politicians” and the political system in general. The government HAS to do a better job to ensure that a criminal and a reality star are not candidates for President in the future.
–Media: You are not without blame here. Trump and Clinton are largely on you. Both of them received near non-stop coverage at every turn in the primary elections, despite the fact that there were 17 qualified candidates on the Republican side of things and a real, breathing, thriving progressive candidate to challenge Hillary on the Dem side in Bernie Sanders. From the beginning, Clinton’s candidacy was a foregone conclusion, and the non-stop coverage of Trump propelled him to victory as well. You also need to do a better job of accurately depicting public opinion. Polling in this election was obviously a freaking joke. AND ANOTHER THING–how about we give people the information they need instead of the information they want. Less Kardashians, more global affairs. Your responsibility is to the republic, not your pocketbooks. When people feel they can’t trust you, they turn to partisan and fake news sites that muddy the waters for all of us.
–American Voters: Where do I start? You have to get your heads out of the sand and stop being so stupid on the whole. That seems harsh, but it’s the stone cold truth. Read and educate yourself. Learn that a source is not to be trusted without absolute confirmation of truth. Demand more from the media. They’ll keep giving you news on Brangelina, as long as you’re demanding it. If we want better candidates for which to cast a vote, we have an inherent responsibility to Democracy to educate ourselves on domestic and foreign policy and to hold our government’s feet to the proverbial fire. We had to choose between a criminal and an idiot to run the country, and it’s because we have way too many uninformed people trying to make decisions as to the direction of the country.
Myth: Trump won the election because of a groundswell of the “silent majority” that overwhelmed the polls and swept Trump into the White House.
Reality: To this point, Donald Trump has received 1.3 million FEWER votes than Mitt Romney received in 2012, and only 300,000+ votes more than John McCain received in 2008, one of the most lopsided elections in decades.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has received 3 million fewer votes than President Obama got in the 2012 election.
What this means: This election was not decided because more people supported Trump than expected. Rather, it was decided as a result of Hillary Clinton not receiving the expected turnout from Democrats.
Bernie Sanders, that’s why. Turns out the most damaging WikiLeaks dump of the campaign was their first one, in which they revealed that HRC and the DNC conspired against Bernie Sanders in the primaries. His supporters are more devoted than Democrats anticipated, and they either voted for Donald Trump or stayed home.
That’s the election in a nutshell. It’s less of a “Trump movement” and more of a Democratic lack of movement.
My rant is over. It probably angered you, at least in some small way. I won’t lose sleep over that. I have hope for our country, and I am praying for our new President. Again, when he succeeds, we all succeed. I’m begging all of you to not let this type of election cycle happen again, though. It’s just too toxic, and America cannot afford to be divided any more. Rest assured that I will keep a close eye on Mr. Trump to ensure that he holds up his end of “the deal.” But we’ve all got a pretty big responsibility in our own right–to live up to the ideals and principles that TRULY make America great!
NOTE: THIS POST IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT FOR EITHER PARTY