Congratulations are in order for the Trump supporters. Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. I am sure you have seen about 12,000 articles already written about what happened and how come the polls were so wrong and blah blah blah. Whatever, there are a multitude of things that happened and in the end, they culminated in President Trump. It is kind of cool when you think about it from a certain perspective. Like the perfect storm scenario or something. Anyways, I am super tired. My brain is definitely fried. But I wanted to write out some thoughts.
First of all, let me just say that the Electoral College…has to go. When I started watching election coverage last night around 9:00 p.m., I thought, it must suck to know that your candidate (Trump) can win tons of states, but since they are lower Electoral votes, it just does not matter. How does that feel being in a state where your vote is kind of insignificant? I mean, some of the channels like to add those states in early before they even call them. You can see California canceling out half of the country. And then as the election started to really swing in Trump’s favor, I realized how it is just as shitty on the other side. I mean, here we are again, winning the popular vote, but losing the election.
I realize this probably sounds like sour grapes, however, it sucks for both sides. I think the Electoral College really disincentives voting. Think about it. We know that a presidential election brings more people out to vote, but our turnout is still pretty low (more on that in a second). If you are a Democrat in California and you get to your polling place and see a massive line to vote, you might just say “screw it, dems always win Cali” and just go home. And look, this happens on the other side too. A Republican in Kansas may not think his/her vote matters because they are not in a swing state. Every vote should matter. People thought Pennsylvania was in the bag for Hillary. I know people who voted third party because “PA always goes blue, so my vote does not matter.” Guess what? Trump beat Hillary by 62,000 votes in PA. 187,000 people voted for either Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. If just a third of those folks vote for Hillary…well she wins PA. See, your vote does matter.
Can we knock off this Tuesday election day shit? I was up until 2:30 a.m., and had to wake up for work at 5:15. I realize that was probably irresponsible of me, but c’mon, who wants to sleep through one of the most exciting elections since 2000 (this may have been even more exciting since so many knowledgeable people had HRC as the clear-cut favorite to win). Either do this on Saturday, so more people can vote and not have to juggle work, school schedules, etc. Or make it a national holiday. I mean, we celebrate Columbus Day for no damn reason, drop that shitty holiday and make Election Day a national holiday. Problem solved!
$160,000,000. That is the amount of money the campaign between Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty cost. Insanity. Only 5.6 million people voted for those two . They could have sent each voter a check for $10 and still had money left over. I am not mad at them for spending that money. I am mad at you. And me. All of us. One of the most common Facebook posts I have seen today has been “thank god all these political ads will finally stop!” Everyone hates them. Everyone bitches about the mailers, the signs, the television commercials, the radio spots. But for some reason, they must work or the campaigns would not spend the money. People always claim they want a politician who doesn’t run a negative campaign. And when one tries to, guess what happens? They lose. Bernie Sanders tried to be positive. He tried to focus on how he would fix the issues and yet, he lost. Ugh, do not even start on the rigged primaries, I will mention that in a second. Stop responding to the ads, let it be known that they do not have an effect on you.
One thing that this election season has shown us is that the primaries are really screwed up. Or should I say, the system which each party chooses their nominee. Since some states use caucuses and some use primaries, and a few have both (maybe it’s just one that does both). I think we saw though that there are ways for the party to commit shenanigans. Super delegates, whatever it was that happened in Colorado (no vote, the delegates just agreed they were going to back Cruz, remember that?)…and now the RNC is discussing the idea of super delegates. Remember, the party decides who is going to run. Unless we do something to fight that system.
We as Democrats need to do some soul searching within our own party. It is funny how we were all “when the GOP loses, they will need to do something about Trump, possibly split the party up or something.” And now here we are…the losers. We have to figure out how to appeal to those voters who left. It is crazy that so many union workers voted for Trump. Years ago they would not be caught dead voting Republican. I read so many articles saying things like “as long as the GOP continues to piss off women, the LGBT+ community, and people of color, then they will never win another presidential election.” Well, that was wrong. Now it is time to figure out how to get them back.
Finally, I just want to say that I do love this country. If Donald Trump can bring tons of great paying manufacturing jobs back to America without destroying the environment, then I will be ecstatic. If he replaces the Affordable Care Act with something better and it provides more people with insurance and costs less, then I will be happy. I do not want to see him fail. I would love to be wrong about him.
I loved what Bernie Sanders wrote:
Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer.To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.