“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, …” Charles Dickens
Well friends the above Charles Dickens line from the opening paragraph of “Tale of Two Cities” aptly describes the state of our great nation the morning after the election. Half the country jubilantly celebrating Trump’s victory, the other half dazed and confused, mourning Hillary’s loss, a nation divided. What the hell just happened? It wasn’t supposed to turn out like this or maybe it was.
Trump announced his candidacy in June of 2015. Most people, myself included, as well as the media thought the whole thing was a joke. Just another in Trump’s long list of antics. Anything to grab a little attention, he loves attention. But the Donald president? Really?Who’d be crazy enough to vote for him right? The pompous blowhard would’t stand a chance. What a joke. Fast forward fifteen months. BLAM! the jokes on us! Trump is the President-elect! Whose laughing now? I’m sure the Donald is. But then”he who laughs last, laughs best.”
But really, who woulda thunk it could actually happen? Even his most ardent supporters were surprised by his election. Even after running a campaign the likes of which we’ve never seen before, bombastic and highly irreverent, not to mention insulting, he still managed to pull off one of the biggest election upsets in election history. He said he would beat Crooked Hillary and he did just that. He annihilated her! But it wasn’t a total loss for Clinton, it appears she will go on to win the popular vote by a very slim margin earning her the distinction of being the first woman presidential candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election.
What really happened Tuesday ? That morning Hillary appeared to be on her way to become the first ever woman president. All the polls (less one) had her winning, voter turnout was good, Bill was behaving himself and early election returns had her ahead, yeah things were looking pretty good about then, she was all but sworn in. Then reality happened and she’d never seen it coming.
As afternoon turned to evening the tides turned and Trump began a run on electoral votes as state after state fell under the spreading red tide. Looking at the map how had anyone ever imagined that Hillary ever had a ghost of a chance. The Trump Express, White House bound, just keep on rolling in those electoral votes. It was incredible to watch, especially when you figure that Clinton spent nearly two and a half times as much as Trump on campaign advertisements. By the end of October she had spent about $141.7 million while trump spent a mere $58.8 million. Only God knows how much more was spent by both candidates in that final week. At its apex Hillary’s campaign employed roughly 800 people, Trump about 130. Still he was able to steamroll over her with ease and steal the election. Go figure.
I suppose an assumption can be made that Hillary lost the election because she’s a notorious liar. I’m sure there were plenty of people who voted for Trump instead of her for that very reason and vice-versa. The fact of the matter is, the country still isn’t ready for a woman president and it wouldn’t have mattered who the woman candidate was. The numbers show that approximately 53% of all men voted for Trump while only 41% voted for Clinton. These figures are nearly equally reversed for all women. However among white voters who made up 70% of the total vote, Trump won 58% to Hillary’s 37%. And check this, white women, favored The Donald with 53% supporting him compared with 43% for Mrs Clinton. You’d think Hillary would get the majority of the white women’s vote, but that just didn’t happen. She did however get the vast majority of Black, Hispanic and Asian vote but she needed the white vote to have any chance of winning and she simply didn’t get it.
So what do you think, is it this the end of the U.S. as we know it as Democrats seem to fear? Will Trump succeed at overturning key Obama’s policies and if so, does he have an alternate plan that will run more efficiently and cost us less, ready to replace them? H’es got a Republican Congress so getting things through should be a snap, but will Trump be able to work with his Republican brothers? And what will happen if/when he begins deporting the 11 million plus undocumented immigrants living in our country as he has promised? Will it be done lawfully or will things get downright ugly? Will there be raids, and mass detentions? You’ve got to remember that all illegal immigrants here in the U.S. are entitled to due process. Does that mean our already over extended court system must handle deportation as well? More judges, attorneys prosecutors, and other assorted personnel will be needed. Does he have a clue? Where will the funds come from, the wall money? There are so many unknowns, so many questions, but rest assured they will all be answered in the coming months. We simple have to be patient and give the devil his due.
As I’ve said before I don’t care for either Trump or Clinton. I find them both to be unqualified for the task at hand which is to make our country whole again. I’m not overly excited that Trump won the election but believe me, I’d be equally unhappy if Hillary had won. Like it or not Donald Trump is the President-elect. Accept it. The time for division has ended. The campaign is over.
But if the Donald is to be successful he needs our support. He;s got half the country behind him already. So all you Clinton supporters and undecideds need to stop your moaning and groaning and quit trying to wrap your head around what just happened. Forget about it and give Trump a chance. Don’t you think he deserves that much. I do. Sure we’re headed into unexplored territory but so is he! You’ve got to let go of your fear of the unknown, take a chance. The only way we are going to succeed in make this country of ours great again is by standing united so we can all move forward together. What’s done is done. It is what it is.
Just a Thought…