Friday, November 11, 2016

Election 2016: The Year of the Anti-Vote.

A brutal campaign. An unexpected candidate. Two choices, most people didn’t want.

The results surprised me. I expected Hillary Clinton to win. I did expect it to be close on the popular vote, but not so much for the Electoral College.

The next surprise: The Democrat response. Anger. Protesting. Name calling. Dare I say, whining? They talk voting against Hate, yet that’s what they are spewing.  I assume part of this is probably because it was such a surprise she lost. I felt like the Democrats that truly believed in Hillary Clinton (not the regular Democrat voters) thought she was going to bring a new reality to America, that she was a magical change. And if your expectations are not met, that usually leads to the display we are seeing.

The first female president. It’s going to happen someday, but I’m glad it wasn’t her.

People don’t trust Clinton. People dislike Trump. They chose the evil they could see in hopes of his loud mouth is just that, loud obnoxious, and that his actions might actually provide some benefit.

So Donald Trump won.

President Asshole.

Mr. PresiDouche Bag.

The fact he ran for president didn’t surprise me at all. The fact he won the Republican nomination and the Presidency… I’m shocked.  Hard work, cash and arrogance can lead people to high offices. (But I guess that can be said for most presidential candidates.)

Trump offended nearly every color, creed, religion, and social category imaginable. And yet, people in those groups voted for him.  He didn’t win because a bunch of white men voted for him.

Women voted for him (42%).
African Americans voted for him.
 Latinos voted for him.
Middle Class voted for him.
Religious and Atheists voted for him.
College educated and uneducated voted for him.
City dwellers and rural folks voted for him.

This wasn’t a “WhiteLash” against Obama as one CNN commentator said.

So what does all this mean, at least to me?

1.  It was the year of the Anti-Vote

People got out to vote. It wasn’t record setting, but turn outs were high. People voted against big government. They voted against Politic BS. They voted against the Far Right. They voted against the Far Left. They voted against the Obama Administration. They voted against Hillary. They voted against Donald. Even by selecting Trump as the Republican candidate, they voted against the establishment. Five million people voted for Third Party candidates. This entire election process was a big middle finger to the government.

I just hope our leaders are listening to the citizens.

2. We’re a moderate society

America wants to be moderate. It doesn’t want Far Right or Far Left legislation or laws. America wants to say, “go ahead and do that, but don’t make me do it or make me like it.”

Moderate America won in this election. They want to make their own choices, not more government mandates without the people's voice being heard. They don't want Hollywood or the elite making government choices. The people want their voices and views to be heard and understood.

Mike Rowe said it best…. “the winner was NOT decided by a racist and craven nation – it was decided by millions of disgusted Americans desperate for real change. The people did not want a politician. The people wanted to be seen. Donald Trump convinced those people that he could see them. Hillary Clinton did not.”

3. People still turn disagreement into hate speech.

The Liberals are saying people who didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton are stupid and bigots. The people who are saying these things are hypocrites.

4. Millennials don’t know how to react.

It’s the first election they lost, they don’t know how to respond. It happens. They are protesting because they didn’t get their way. They are being let out of class because of emotional distress. Cry rooms and therapy dogs? What was that people were saying about an entitlement mentality?

The election process worked, it was legal and peaceful. Every 4 or 8 years, things change. That’s what happens. People didn’t react this bad to “Hanging Chads.”

5. The Far Left is overreacting to this election.

You’d think we elected a Dictator by what we’re seeing on the news. America is not a Third World Nation where the change in leadership causes instant and dramatic changes to laws and culture. We're looking at more status quo than anything else.

The liberals are using terms like fear, terrorized, hopeless… to describe a change that hasn’t happened, and won’t. The claim Trump has a platform of “racism, bigotry, sexism, misogyny, homophobia etc…” And because of that, everyone listed in those groups are worthless Americans and those that didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton believe these awful things and they are just as bad as Trump. That is such BS, again, this election wasn’t simply about Clinton and Trump.

The Far Left is fear mongering… Remember when the Far Right thought Obama and Clinton were going to take away their guns and other rights? This is the same type of exaggeration and lies that polarize people’s views and in doing so loses credibility. They are saying almost the exact same things they criticized the Far Right for saying. They’re stretching out and giving unrealistic meaning to sound bytes and partial quotes, all the while calling for people to be intelligent. I always find it interesting how the Far Left claims intelligence and open-mindedness, until they talk to someone who doesn’t believe in the same thing they do. A complete contradiction.

We’re looking at status quo, not the bigoted apocalypse. Yes, there was a rise in reported hate crimes the days after the election. Trump, the Republicans, nor the government ordered any of these personal attacks. It’s just assholes being assholes because they think they have an excuse.

6. The Right and Far Right need a reality check.

The Conservatives have a right to feel the way they do about political views points. But with that, they have to find a way to move toward the moderate. Keep your stands for pro-life, a strong military, the Second Amendment, immigration, and smaller government… but loosen up when it comes to social justice, racial division, helping the poor and those with mental disabilities.

(Immigration isn’t about racism. It’s about protecting our boarders against terrorism and being able to provide for those who are legally in our country.)

Trump’s win doesn’t give anyone the right to hate, despite what the Liberals are claiming. Time to show your humanity, and speak up against hate and hateful acts.

Moderate America can handle that. What we don’t have are Democrat and Republican candidates that can survive their parties with moderate views. We need this. We need a moderate Third party.

Some sociologists say it takes two to three generations to make real cultural change. We still have time, we don’t need to rush. You can’t force cultural change, you’ll get a fight against it. I’m not saying some changes aren’t worth a fight, just that time and patience can also bring change.

The reality is America still has a long way to reach equality for individuals. Trump said a lot of stupid things before he was even thinking of running for office, like most normal people. He said a lot stupid things while running for office.  He did not have a platform of hate and bigotry, though many liberals feel that way. Again, this election wasn’t about Trump as a person.

We the people are the ones who need to work on equality and acceptance of others. The government can’t do that, it can’t legislate morality. Yes it helps if our leaders provide good examples.

I have heard it said that if you want to heal your personal afflictions (mental, emotional, and spiritual) you have to go through your wound. America is going to have to go through its racial, equality, social wounds to heal and move on. We can’t pretend they don’t exist. But that also means there’s not an evil deed or thought behind every interaction, there’s not a demon behind every bush. Just because someone acts like an ass, doesn’t mean they’re racist or homophobic.

Again, we have to start with individuals, with a society that grows with mutual respect.

But what happens when he is sworn into office? Trump isn't going to have the power to live up to the fanatical fears some people are so worried about... his own party doesn't want him and won't allow him to have that much power.  Senators and Congressman are not obligated to follow his lead. Trump doesn’t have years of favors owed to him through the political process. And the legislators don’t have to fear political retaliation from a guy who is probably a one-term president.

What should we expect from Trump? Hopefully the things that made him a successful business man… listening to the experts then making solid choices. And if he really isn’t a politician, like he says, he’ll listen to both sides and even third party sides.

In the meantime, don’t move to Canada. Stop with the hate speech. Stop with the fear mongering. You and your kids are going to be fine. Talk to you neighbor. Realize we still have divisions in our society that can be fixed. And know that one election, one president can’t fix these things, or they would have been fixed by now.

And most importantly, celebrate the fact the United States of America is the land of the free, and we are able to have a say in our laws and rules, and we can vote for our leaders at the local and national level… even if we just voted against two undesirable candidates… and have an Asshole Elect waiting to be sworn in.

We’ll get to do this again in another four years.

1 comment:

  1. There are already articles about him backpedaling on things. For instance, as shown by several sources, he has started looking over the ACA and seen there are good things in it, and they are looking at how to change it and keep the good things. What that means exactly, I don't know. Until it's actively being done, I don't find it worthwhile to read an article full of conjecture on what those might be.

    I'm still shocked these were our choices to begin with.

    A lot of people want more moderate candidates. I don't know if it's most, or if there is a way to calculate that. It seems like the people most stoically supporting either of these candidates were the people on the far side of their group (and the ones acting out before and after--threatening violence if Trump lost or now the folks taking the protests to the point of riots, each of these being a minority of their political group. The problem is, those folks tend to be the loudest, and the political parties scurry around and push for the most drastic folks they can get. If they get moderate folks, they stick them with a drastic VP. Either way, the parties still think the important folks to cater to are the extremists. Which, when I think about, is wrong. Because the extremists are typically the ones who will vote for their parties no matter what. So they really have nothing to lose with them. Do they really think someone on the far right will vote for the Dem, because the Rep candidate is moderate? They might STATE they will, but they're probably more afraid of voting for the other team than their own guy/gal being moderate. They're just too afraid to believe that, instead choosing to listen to those loud, extreme voices.

    As an extreme moderate myself, I've done a lot of thinking about people's behavior through this whole process. It's certainly been drastic compared to what I remember of other elections. But maybe I'm mis-remembering. And maybe this is the final hurrah before people start making changes to the system and the current parties. Something has to drive that. But it could just be a pendulum swing in the exact opposite direction, because the parties themselves are scared of change, and they think going extreme is the way to go. That certainly seems to be what happened this time. Instead of hearing their people, their young Republicans, their Republicans of color, they catered to the old white guy crowd who wants things the way they're used to. There were calls early on to understand that they had a more moderate group now, but they didn't listen. So will the Democratic party listen in four years? Or will they listen to the loudest folks?