With the illustration below I predicted a win for Hillary (click here to read the original post). I didn’t take ‘Hope for Change’ into account, clearly, and that’s what all the people out there wringing their hands in dismay, if not suicidal/homicidal depression, are also ‘not getting’. I was right about the swing voters (and the Electoral College) deciding the vote, however.
For all those folks who seem to sincerely believe that it was a sudden reversal in America’s gradually diminishing racism that determined the election, or a deeply held desire to go back to antiquated laws like taking the vote away from women, you could not be more wrong. Sure, millions of Trump supporters DO support the ‘alt-right’ and can’t fight their innate fear of ‘not-of-my-tribe’ and of change, but they would have voted for WHOEVER became the Republican candidate regardless (see far left of the bell curve above).
The voters who swung the election results in Trump’s favour are THE SAME PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA — TWICE! They didn’t vote for Trump’s bullshit, they voted for CHANGE! Even among the less extreme voters who are change-averse and thus dyed-in-the-wool GOPers, most of them aren’t terribly racist, misogynistic, or tolerant of liars and bullies, they just want America to crawl out from under the helpless position it finds itself in, held hostage by Capitalism and the few who own all the control.
Yes, sure there are some nut-jobs who are confused about what Trump as ‘leader of the free world’ means for their inclinations and they’re ‘acting out,’ but these are the same minority who show up at protests hoping to turn them into riots. A minority of Americans are extremely prejudiced, but there are less of them with every passing decade. Most young white Americans today LOOK UP TO their black heroes of music and culture.
Hope for change is all that the majority of Americans have voted for EVER! Since the foundation of the nation, the ‘premise’ of what America is is change:
Change from a being under the thumb of leaders who inherited their power,
Change from taxes going to support foreigners instead of supporting average Americans,
Change from a hopelessly class-imbued system to one where hard work and smarts should lead anyone to prosperity.
Change from being dictated to by people they didn’t choose as leaders, to incorruptible leaders they selected from among their own ranks.
The average American is looking at this very short list of 24o year old expectations and finding that EVERY SINGLE ONE of these is now false and hopelessly impossible. America’s leaders are mostly the children of rich and therefore powerful families, the taxes of average Americans are used to make rich people infinitely richer through the support of a global war machine and they move their money offshore, the wage gap between workers and CEOs and shareholders is exponentially widening and already higher education is almost unaffordable for a growing majority, politicians are primarily from the 1% elite (other than Bernie).
So while it might make you feel great to wallow in fear and angst over almost half of American voters (poor turnout!) voting, once again, for the MOST CHANGE they had on offer in this election, get a grip and put on your smart-thinker hat. The vote was against the now dominant political situation of a establishment-supported corporate collaborater who lives deep inside the system and has a former President as a husband and a ballsy opponent who didn’t take money from corporations who the establishment can’t stand. Come on. In the current climate of an America in which ONLY the 1% and the corp0rations they own get even MORE than they want, much less need, you think people are going to vote for Queen Hillary, or for the loud guy who says he’s going to over-turn the apple cart?
STOP with the now oft-repeated assertion that “This means most Americans support the worst of what Trump spewed out or alluded to!” Bullshit. There are bad quality people in America, and a lot of them LOVE The Donald for what they project onto him, but if you look back at what Mr. Trump has believed in for the past 40+ years, it is a largely Democratic platform, other than supporting tax breaks for the rich.
THERE IS NO WAR GOING ON BETWEEN LOVERS OF LIBERALISM AND HATERS! (Unless you want to start one.)
|Source: CBS News|
Drop the hyperbole and get back to focusing on what needs to be done to stop the majority of politicians, who are now Republicans, from doing what they’ve been doing for 100 years — doing more for themselves and their rich supporters and less for average Americans. Watch Trumps moves and see whether he will stand up for what he REALLY believes in, or whether he’ll just be too overwhelmed by the job he just got handed and chooses to simply cave in to all the Republicans who are currently dancing with glee in their mansions.
The biggest risk that America now faces is that Donald does what he has always done when the going gets REALLY tough and pulls a Governor Sarah Palin move, doing the equivalent of ‘declaring bankruptcy’ and dropping out to hand over the reigns to Mike Pence. If you want to witness a REAL disaster for America, imagine 4 years of Mike Pence doing whatever HE wants with Republicans in the majority.