It’s about to become official folks. The fat lady has sung and it’s time to put down your signs and go home. Despite almost 2.9 million more people voting for Hillary Clinton, on January 6th a Joint Session of Congress officially tallied up the Electoral College votes and on Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America.
Senator Barbara Boxer of California and House of Representatives Congressman Charlie Rangel of New York, both from states that voted heavily for Hillary Clinton, have introduced legislation proposing to abolish the current Electoral College system. More than fifty other Democratic lawmakers will be skipping the inauguration, an unprecedented boycott. According to the Director of Homeland Security for the District of Columbia, there is an expected 800,000-900,000 people expected to be in Washington DC to cheer on the incoming President. Up to 750,000 are expected to be there in protest.
I would agree that a system in which the person with the most votes doesn’t win seems decidedly undemocratic , that there seems to be something somewhat flawed with 80,000 people spread out over three states deciding the fate of an entire nation, but would it really be any fairer for the large population centers of California and the Northeast to hold such an unbalanced influence?
We enter the next four years uncertain about the direction of our country. Advisory positions and a potential new cabinet of Wall Street insiders, climate deniers, creationists and alt-right conspiracy theorists challenging my ability to remain cautiously optimistic.
Are those of us unhappy with his victory just being sore losers, as many of his supporters gleefully claim? Our angst and trepidation about people not even on the job yet is used as an example of why we needed a strong leader to “Make America Great Again”. ( Not to be confused with “Keep America Great”, his proposed 2020 slogan and also the phrase used to justify the state sanctioned crime sprees of The Purge horror films. )
I don’t think so. Ignorance and incompetence should always be feared, should be fought against. Acceptance of the results is a requisite for democracy, but so is an involved populace not afraid to voice their opinion, their opposition to policies or behaviors that appear antithesis to our own principles and values.
A failed Trump Presidency doesn’t have to mean catastrophic repercussions for the country, for the “plane that we are all on.” It can also mean a repudiation of selfishness, ignorance, hate and isolationism. A victory for tolerance, compassion, common sense and science. I don’t want him to fail because he wasn’t my candidate, but because I vehemently disagree with just about every proposal that he has suggested and don’t want him to do most of the things that he has promised to do.
Failure would not mean failure for America. We were already a great country and will continue to be so. It would mean that our system of checks and balances have done their job. That a bully can’t always tweet his way to getting what he wants.