So here we are. President Elect Donald Trump or if something unforeseen happens President Elect Mike Pence (at least I’m assuming that’s what happens if the original President Elect doesn’t make it to Inauguration Day). This and Brexit. Ah what does an old UK socialist, believer in the European Ideal, NATO, Environmental Controls have to say
Well as Al Smith (Governor of New York 4 times. Democrat candidate for pres 1928) said in his campaign against Hebert Hoover, ‘let’s look at the record’ (apparently, he used to say it a lot; he was in the era before a widespread vocal media, so it didn’t come across as a sound-bite or boring)
According to last information I saw the votes worked out as:
|Donald Trump: 59,131,310|
Hilary Clinton: 59,293,071
Apparently about 55% of the voting population. I won’t go into figures in any more depth, that only invites everyone to get in a fearful tangle of which figures count, which ones don’t and what the figures really mean. (Particularly if you look at them ‘this’ way)
In the UK we have a ‘first past the post system’ for who wins the constituency, differing from the USA electoral college, but both often seem to come out with similar votes. So about 25%- 30% of the voting population get to say how 100% of the whole population are governed. And unless you introduce a compulsory voting system with proportional representation added into the mix that’s roughly how democracy works.
In short a lot of people get disappointed, often badly.
I know, been there, all too often.
But also being in the UK, it’s not really my place to criticise what has taken place, I can’t to go around telling 59,000,000+ people ‘You’re all idiots!’ I don’t know your motivations; I’m not waiting in line for food-hand outs for example. On WP I have encountered Trump supporters who it would seem are from the more moderate thoughtful wing; they use the US constitution as a basis for their case and that can be respected, maybe not agree with but respected. Since FB is rarely on my ‘to go to list’, those on the wacko & racists wings have not polluted by laptop.
This I will say to those who voted for Mr Trump. Ok folks, your choice will be the President of the US in 2017. Now, your duty to your country from your standpoint is to try and convince by rational, logical, civilised and mature discourse everyone else why you feel this choice was a good one. It is also your duty to accept that folk will not agree with you and you must respect that too. Your country is a democracy. You all have this right. You must also ensure that those in your company who preach Hate, Intolerance and Bigotry of any sort are told why they are wrong or excluded from your company. Your country is only as strong as everyone working together. At the risk of sounding like a scare monger, there are parallels with the run up to 1861 here; there probably won’t be the resulting military conflict but a division in smaller nations is not inconceivable and that will leave you diminished. History is like that.
(Though you guys up in Oregon…put those guns away please, not a good idea, it may have worked in the 1770s but has had a pretty poor track record since then. OK you got away with one trial, that’s ‘cause the government played nice, this time, don’t count on that always. If you do feel that strongly some folk might recommend a dignified hunger strike.)
For those of you disappointed, dispirited, depressed, disillusioned and afraid. Yes, I understand; Thatcher’s Britain was no fun place for me or mine. We had to dig in. We tried not to turn on each other. In my government service job I bended rules which I saw fit to bend. Do not make the mistake of turning on someone just because they voted the other way; get to know them; if they prove to be unpleasant, bigoted or just plain wackos then, yeh don’t tolerate them. If you find you have a lot of common ground, work together. Thatcher did not believe in compromise….Junk!!….We all have to work together. Protest if you feel you must, but I would recommend dignity, silence, civility. It is hard to be critical or lampoon the one who stands there with dignity for their beliefs, who turns their anger into a firm solid quiet intention. My son put up a very wise statement on FaceBook as the first protests turned violent, referencing to the hatemongers who love this sort of thing “Don’t feed them. Starve them”. It is a common fact of elections that there are those who will become disappointed or disillusioned with their choice. Don’t jibe, jeer or ‘toldja’. Listen, convince them onto your side. Never give up. Nurture your communities. Work with each other. Work with ‘them’.
Anndd my post cannot be all conciliatory and measured commentary I have to have my rant
For all of you in the USA I would like to apologise for the usual UK crew of americaphobics. The ones who post up about Stupid America and Typical America…WTF???! There is no ‘typical’ America and as for ‘Stupid’…oh please by what chart do you denigrate at population of 200,000,000+?. One of the more embarrassing aspects of being a Brit (apart from, Soccer Hooligans & Personalities up set up camp in the US and blather) is listening to some ‘satirists’ ‘astute’ commentators or fashionable stand-up comics make ‘witty’ remarks about the US and in doing so display a lamentable ignorance of what makes your country groove-on; they come across as quite xenophobic & racist just trotting out and playing with folks’ prejudices (oh yes, and making money at the same time). Thus a sad number of folk who wish to appear political savvy repeat what they hear by rote, and having done that do sweet ‘Naff’ All about reaching out to US citizens….pathetic!!
I wish you all well. I personally have ‘got your back’.