‘Texas is in play’
Before the election, Rachel Maddow, TV host for MSNBC made a bold statement. ‘Texas’, she declared proudly and ‘Georgia’, are all in play. The message was this, all the Republican strongholds were bound to be lost to Hillary Clinton’s unbeatable winning streak. Trump was making an even bolder claim; the election, he proclaimed, would be rigged. Enter Hillary and team to the rescue to defend the great institution of American democracy. The Democrats flooded en masse to hammer out the party line that American democracy was infallible, rightly so, and constantly assured Trump that if he lost, it would be because he lost of his own accord. No one was swaying the voters, nevermind the endless stream of negative coverage by a media unwilling to give Trump even an inkling of a chance. Lamentably, the laudable efforts of the Democrats shows how some of us can only afford to be generous when we’re winning, not when we’ve lost. The Democrats were principled, consistent fighters safeguarding against the electoral result no matter how badly Trump lost…that is, until Hillary lost badly.
I’m sorry I didn’t win the election, my dog ate all my supporters’ ballot papers
The peculiar character flaw of Hillary Clinton and her team which had constantly dogged her favorability ratings even to Democrat voters in the Democrat stongholds up North became ever more prominent once the race was well and truly over… her ability to deflect any and all blame which might somehow stain taint them, and an unwillingness to concede any faults in her own character. These deflections encompassed a whole astonishing range of excuses, but gradually the media and Democrats have slipped into a comfortable safe space of the ‘big two’, Russian hacking and Comey’s letter. When looking back though, you realize, this election was never an issue of policy, heck, policy was barely anything more than a vague afterthought. This was an election of personality and voter emotion, and when it came to personalities, Hillary Clinton was never a winning personality no matter how much the Democrats wanted to believe so. Presidencies aren’t inherited contrary to the Democrats’ belief, they are earned by sweat, tears and hard work.
Let’s review a few of these excuses, shall we? Russian hacking is a big one, and I’ll give the Democrats credit. Cyber security is definitely a national security issue. So it’s funny that one of the issues the Democrats downplayed extensively, the issue of Hillary’s private server for national state secrets, is very indicative of a personality who is reckless at best with valuable cyber information or just plain incompetent at worst when it comes to issues of national security. In spite of this, it’s not as though Trump himself didn’t suffer his share of cyber-attacks, with his own generous tax breaks being leaked to the media http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-tax-return-1995-losses-avoid-paying-leak-times-a7341196.html. The Comey letter is a favorite amongst the Democrat faithful, a last minute opening of an investigation into Hillary’s server which she claims tipped the balance in favor of Trump. The funny thing is, at the time, the media reported that this had actually worked in favor of Hillary, boosting the so-called ‘victim effect’ in which voters sympathize with someone they considered to be unfairly hounded http://www.politicususa.com/2016/11/01/comey-letter-hurts-gop-hillary-clinton-raised-11-3-million-online-72-hours.html. If you were voting for Hillary because she was a woman, then most likely you’d also vote for her even harder if she was being attacked by a Republican-FBI joint plot as well!
Never mind that like many of the scandals of the Democrats, it also had its roots in some sexual offence committed by yet another Democrat politician, none other than the aptly named Anthony Wiener spamming dick pics to minors. Most of these actions were not smears or lies against Democrat candidates, they were liabilities created by their own actions, just as Trump’s own loose manner with women previously was rightly a liability for him. There was scarcely a news station out there which wasn’t broadcasting the infamous video of Trump’s ‘locker room talk’ from 2005, a video which was 11 years old. Having your dirty laundry aired out for the public to judge and criticize isn’t undermining democracy, that IS democracy, a transparent process in which we judge whether the actual personalities presented are people we want in charge of a major chunk of our everyday lives.
Why are we still not listening to the voters?
The crowning insult of all of this is that despite the trouncing Trump gave Hillary up in her ‘invincible’ Rust Belt, the Democrats still haven’t learned the lesson. Hillary and co. haven’t even bothered to ask these people why they voted the way they did. Even now, all these ideas of Russian hacking, Comey’s letter, Bernie Sanders, or whatever comes tomorrow are nice little ideas to help you sleep at night, but they don’t help decent hard-working everyday Americans. CNN’s racist in chief, Val ‘whitelash’ Jones briefly entertained the idea that voters decided the election, not Russia, visitng a few Trump supporters from Ohio, parading around these one time Democrats less like people and more like zoo animals for his show but even this was jettisoned as soon as excuses began to be passed from Democrat voter to Democrat voter like a box of Kleenex tissues between teenage girls after watching the Notebook.
Democratic wins are just as informative as democratic losses, and the Democrats(one of many misnomers now), are seeking to erode the entire constitutional order based on a single electoral loss, an absurdity befitting the equally absurd 2016. Democrats might not have had people at polls rubbing out votes and putting in little crosses but there was an inconceivable convergence of interests at work here wildly in favor of Hillary Clinton. Republican Bushes threw their full support behind Hillary, the entire news media gave adoring segments dedicated to her life as a fighter of women’s rights and all the meanwhile Hillary paraded as many celebrities as she could fit onto her stages from singers, to Hollywood actors, to famous rappers. Multi-millionaire movie celebrities unironically insisted how Hillary and them could sympathize fully with the plight of the working class, and how they would pack their bags and move to Canada if they didn’t like the political result. If only it were so easy for low income families to pack their bags and move to whatever country takes their fancy!
American democracy is only working if my team wins
There was a lot of talk about how Trump would cause untold chaos in defeat. Endless recounts. Throwing the entire system of the electoral college into disrepute by claiming it wasn’t representative of America, and staging mass rallies to protest American democracy. What has become astonishingly clear after Hillary’s loss though is it wasn’t Trump we had to worry about, it was Hillary. It was Hillary who used Jill Stein as a proxy to issue recounts and falsely claim the poll machines were hacked in Wisconsin(they weren’t of course, as Hillary herself insisted pre-election). It was Hillary and the Democrats who tried to pretend the electoral college system which has worked for 200 years was suddenly defunct, broken and in need of dire change, preferably one which would make Hillary President. Pollsters and the media who had initially shown some consternation at their part in the mass misdirection that pointed to Hillary’s unquestionable victory changed tack once again at their master’s voice, and began shifting the blame from their own misunderstanding of core voting constituencies to rogue agencies, foreign actors and even somehow Bernie Sanders. If anything, this whole episode may be ripe pickings for future psychologists who want to analyze group delusions when presented with a reality that conflicts with their own imagined one. Change is tiring and takes a lot of energy, keeping the status quo is a heck of a lot easier for many people, no matter how busted it is.
The meltdown of Hillary Clinton and her minions might be funny in a macabre sort of way, as they pull a full 180 from defending the system to launching a full on shameless assault on everything from its credibility to the judgment of the Founding Fathers themselves, but it has dangerous and unprecedented consequences for the everyday American people just looking to have a government who finally invests in infrastruture and their jobs like promised.
This article isn’t about whether or not Trump will be a good President. It’s about preserving the faith people have in the democratic system. The credibility of politicians is spent, Trump is ample proof of that, so now it is up to politicians of all political stripes to come together at the very least and preserve the only thing still holding the now unintentionally ironic United States of America together, the democratic system.
Tomorrow, we will see if the Democrats and a few diehard establishment Republicans unite in Hillary Clinton’s final act of vengeance, using the electoral college to spark an uprising by unelected electors to deny Trump the Presidency, and essentially, once and for all truly rig the election against Trump. The Democrats and many of their most fanatical insiders have steadily encouraged this anti-democratic practice, unswayed by the potentially nuclear fallout that could cause accepted democratic conventions in America to collapse overnight.
Democracy isn’t about always getting your way in an election, it’s about competition and innovation. Trump is different if anything, and what frightens the Democrats the most isn’t that he could destroy America, but rather more so, that their own electoral base has abandoned them in a major way for reasons they still aren’t even attempting to understand but which Trump pinpointed in a way almost no one else except Michael Moore did. This is truly dangerous for a democracy, it turns democracy from a tool for the people to exert control over their governments and representatives into a technocracy in which elections are not used for change, but rather, as a rubber stamp for an entrenched out-of-touch bureacracy. Let us hope that tomorrow, the hope for change out-trumps the terror at having to adapt to a brave new and in many ways, already changed world.