I don’t think Americans understand how our political system works.

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It’s Monday morning and I haven’t had my coffee.

Tuesday did not go the way most people planned. In the aftermath, I’ve seen overreactions from both sides.

3rd Parties

Democrats blame 3rd Party voters for giving Florida to Trump.

Republicans blame 3rd Party voters for giving Virginia to Clinton.

North Carolinians blame 3rd Party voters (and dubious election practices) for sending the Gubernatorial Race into a recount that may not be finished until November 18th . . . at the earliest. I can only assume the eventual losing party will blame 3rd party voters for their loss.

Assuming these assumptions are true, it’s amazing how significant these insignificant voters are/were.

Democrats

Trump will likely sell out his base just as previous presidents, yet you seem convinced that President Trump will undo the last eight years at the stroke of a pen. If this is true, perhaps you shouldn’t have cheered the expansion of presidential power under Obama; you were warned of the dangers.

The good news is that the House and 1/3 of the Senate is up for re-election in two years. Don’t sit the next one out. If I were you, I’d be getting ready yesterday.

Republicans

You won, but not by a mandate. You have two years (at best, assuming no scandals or impeachment) to prove you aren’t going to mess this up. I can guarantee the Left will be out in force the next election, especially now that younger voters have seen what happens when they stay home. Even if you manage to prove your ideas are best, I think you’ll face quite a bit of backlash. If I were you I’d be getting ready yesterday. The Republican Party may not withstand the next onslaught.

The Electoral College

Already there are petitions to abolish the Electoral College because it is “undemocratic” and “undermines the will of the people.” Well, duh – that’s the point. The electoral college is the “republic” part the presidential election in this, our democratic republic. It ensures that SoCal, S. Florida, and New York don’t speak for the rest of the country.

There are also petitions to have the Electoral College vote via the popular vote. They already do: the popular vote for each state. So you really want your state to vote according to how “everyone else” voted? If all your friends jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, would you as well?

Both these plans exchange real power for imagined power.

I’m Tired of 2016 Politics, and It’s Going to be A Long Four Years

 

 

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