Trump Trumps Clinton
We’re finally done with Election 2016 and to almost everyone’s surprise the new President-elect does not wear a pantsuit. How did Donald Trump pull off the biggest political upset in modern history? Does anyone really know for sure why and how it happened and how nobody saw it coming? Here are the reasons in my opinion, anyway, in no particular order.
The email scandal that continued to dog Hillary finally bit her in the ass completely when FBI director James Comey found the Weiner-grams that linked back to her and her lack of good judgment. Comey ultimately wussed out on this, but rest assured that there is something in those damned emails or he wouldn’t have put his neck on the line that close to an election. Who knows why he said there was nothing to them a few days before the election. Maybe he had a visit in a dream from Vince Foster. Hillary was just not a nice person. Let that sink in for a minute. A lot of the voters just flat do not like her and that is saying something when they would vote for someone as unlikeable as President-elect Trump over her.
The average American was sick and tired of being fed the same garbage by the Clinton Juggernaut and told it was supposed to taste good. Everyone knew once the Podesta emails were released by Wikileaks that Senator Bernie Sanders was screwed out of the nomination. That was bad taste number one. Add to that the horrible taste left in our mouths after everything was revealed about the Clinton Foundation’s pay to play scam and it seemed like she had evolved into Al Capone virtually overnight.
Trump, although being far from a good candidate or even a good person, at least had a vision for America. Agree with him or not, he has vowed to cut spending, kill Obamacare, stop allowing terrorists in our borders, etc….Hillary wanted to increase taxes, keep Obamacare and keep immigration as status quo…yada, yada,yada….
There is a huge myth that Donald Trump won the election. He didn’t. Hillary Clinton LOST the election. Her crowds were sleepy and tired. Trump drew thousands everywhere he went, including right here in Macon. While Clinton depended a lot on surrogates, Trump, himself, was everywhere. Sure he blew it in the debates and has now given Alec Baldwin’s career a much needed jumpstart, but the bottom line is he wanted it more than she did.
As the results were in the final stages, CNN had a panel discussing the election which Van Jones was a part. Jones open hatred for Trump bled through as he basically called Trump everything under the sun. He said there was “a ‘whitelash’ against a changing country” and that it was a ‘whitelash’ against a black president in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes. “ He also stated that his Muslim friends were texting him asking if they should leave the country and also asked “you tell your kids not to be a bully, you tell your kinds don’t be a bigot…and then you have this outcome. You put your children to bed tonight and they are afraid of breakfast. ‘How do I explain this to my children?’” Quite honestly, Jones should look in the mirror before he throws crap out there like that. That’s the type of bullshit rhetoric that inflames people during times of change. One of the problems that Jones might have with Trump isn’t Trump at all, but he’s probably still pissed at Vice-President elect Mike Pence who called Jones out when Jones was the White House Council on Environmental Quality back in 2009 for calling Republicans “assholes”. Oh yeah, it’s Jones who says that the Bush Administration allowed 9-11 to happen. Me thinks Mr. Jones to be a bigger asshole than President-elect Trump…
The unfortunate thing is that there are a lot of people out there like the aforementioned Mr. Jones who are afraid of what Trump could do as President and what he will do. Several major cities still have protests going on against Trump calling him all of the Clinton buzzwords such as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic. I’m sure it won’t be long before he’s hydrophobic, hylophobic (afraid of trees), turophobic (fear of cheese), pogonophobic (fear of beards) and Sanguivoriphic which of course if the fear of vampires. There is no question that President-elect Trump has brought 90% of this on himself with a lot of his ridiculous statements but the fact remains that the American people voted him in to power. Yes, yes, I know that he did not win the popular vote, but if you take California out of the mix, he won a huge plurality nationally and as a native Californian I can promise you that California is far from a microcosm of the rest of the nation, however, Trump did win the majority of the Electoral College votes, making him our President.
Our Founding Fathers put the Electoral College in place for a reason and it would take a Constitutional amendment ratified by ¾ of the states to change it and it is the fairest way to elect a President so that every state has a voice. If there was no Electoral College, would any Presidential candidate ever even think of coming to Wyoming or New Hampshire? They would spend all of their resources and energy between California, New York and Texas. Further, the Electoral College was put in place to guard against tyranny and to create a firewall between the population and the selection of a President.
The authors of the Constitution studied the failures of pure democracies of the past and concluded that a republican form of government was much more likely to persevere and they have been correct for 240 years. Alexander Hamilton said it best when he said, “The mode of appointment of the Chief Magistrate of the United States is almost the only part of the system…which has escaped without severe censure…I venture somewhat further, and hesitate not to affirm that if the manner of it be not perfect, it is at least excellent.” There is no doubt in my mind that he is right.
Eight years ago the United States elected a one-term Senator from Illinois whose main experience in government was community organizing. Those of us on the right gritted our teeth and saw it through but we gave President Obama a chance. To hear people like California Senator Barbara Boxer, he is the greatest President in history. Go tell that to the people of West Virginia and Kentucky who have no jobs thanks to a coal industry that is so regulated by the current administration that it is cheaper for US Steel or a power company to buy coal from China. Go tell that to the millions of Americans who were forced to buy high priced health insurance or face penalties instead, but we had Democrat leadership like Nancy Pelosi, another Californian, saying to just pass the Affordable Care Act then read it later.
Donald Trump certainly does not represent my values or my conscience if he really feels the way he has spoken but he will be our President and he may be the one person who can reverse the river of public malaise that has drown the average American in spirit and in finances. We have given President Obama a chance and voted against four more years of the same pattern when we turned down a chance to have Secretary Clinton in the White House. I hope for our country’s sake that others will give our next President the same opportunity.