Sore Losers, Hoping For Failure

 

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.

 

from two years ago, but does that really matter?

 

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.

 

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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.

 

missing the point

 

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.

 

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21 thoughts on “Sore Losers, Hoping For Failure”

  1. Couldn’t have said it better myself. I don’t consider myself a sore loser. I’m not sore that my candidate lost. I’m sore that he won. There’s a difference!

  2. I’m not into politics so don’t feel like I can really comment too much. All I know is that from what I’ve seen Mr Trump seems like a bit of an idiot. That’s the polite version. #anythinggoes

    1. All opinions are welcome here. I actually wrote another piece about how I can understand why people voted for him. I think its a huge mistake, and bad for our country, but I get it.

  3. His cabinet appointments suggest that there will be large and sweeping failures… (a racist in charge of the Justice Department who is already making decisions regarding voting rights, people who do not have experience in the fields they will oversee, a man who profited from unfair bank practices during the housing crisis has been put in direct control of a related field).. His record of obtaining his son’s property and trying to get a state to pay for cleaning it up by being untruthful in documents, his record of not telling the truth and poor judgment (in the case of trying to get innocent teens executed, non-American claims, taxes, his employees)… Failure itself is not what’s in question. It’s the reframing of it. He’s already aimed to get rid of an ethics committee (what person aiming to do good and fair work needs to do that?) and is in charge of appointing a CIA head, from what I read recently. If he owns the news, he can rewrite a failure into a victory, bully skeptical people into acceptance, and have others happily do so. There are comments surrounding his construction of a “list” for potential revenge (ala Mcarthy) and he’s already sued people like Bill Maher for opinions. So, bullying critics is not likely to be something he’s above. The actual areas of the nation that he is managing will likely suffer whether or not others are glad to help him claim a victory. So, a failure can be a victory, depending on how it’s written and reported.

    1. scary times. It almost seems sometimes that his appointments are purposefully being made to be as contrary to common sense as possible. I understand why people are still holding onto the “lets see what happens” straw, but I have a feeling that there is going to be a great deal of buyer’s remorse in this country

  4. I completely agree – what’s the point in having free speech if people aren’t willing to use it? I think people should be able to voice their opinions on their dislike of the current president.
    I hope for America’s sake that a lot of his “policies” were more just a clever marketing campaign to get the votes, but I fear they weren’t.
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

    1. I had held onto the hope also, but its starting to get harder and harder to do so. His attempts to try and control the information coming out of government are concerning

  5. Scary times indeed.

    I am actively protesting: I have marched, emailed senators, donated to causes, and will continue to do so until we are back in the age of reason.

    Stopping by from #anythinggoes

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