Trump’s Victory: What’s to Explain?

This is the season of the whining of America.

The media is inundated with stories of wailing and gnashing of teeth across America over the election victory of Donald Trump.

I got to experience the nonsense personally having to sit in traffic on an interstate highway in Denver so a bunch of crybabies could vent. I support their right to free speech. But just because it’s free doesn’t mean it shouldn’t accomplish something valuable.

All they did was delay several thousand people from their freedom of life. When the police finally cleared the highway, Trump was still the president-elect and I was at a loss to understand their empty, useless expression of ignorance.

Across the country, schools are holding counseling sessions, delaying exams, offering “safe zones” for people to cry and sob over this apparent national disaster.

People are at a loss to explain it. Cries to dismantle the Electoral College abound. More than half of Americans who voted apparently don’t understand the very process by which we’ve operated since we started electing presidents.

I have one question, what’s to explain?

Trump won. Clinton lost.

The problem may be a symptom of our giving out trophies to teams that go 0-18 in Little league. Don’t worry little Johnny or Sally, you guys came in number 10 out of 10. You did your best.

I don’t want to live in a system where doing your best is the benchmark.  I want to live in a system where, if your best is to finish last as a baseball player, you have an opportunity to excel at something else.

“So, doctor, I see here it says you did your best during your surgical rotation. That’s great, good job. Just do you best when you perform open heart surgery on me. Remember, if you do your best that’s all anyone can ask”

Not in my world.

In the real world, Trump won. You don’t have to like it. You can work to undo it in four years. But you cannot alter the fact by carrying meaningless signs and throwing a temper tantrum.

The electoral college, as enshrined in our constitution as Freedom of Speech and the Second Amendment, is the way our election system works. The problem lies in the dumbing down of Americans and ignoring their obligation to understand the process.

We, the people, are the problem.

I am willing to bet half the people in this country couldn’t name five presidents. They wouldn’t know their congressional districts, the name of their US Senator, or be able to explain the branches of government.

I bet many Americans think the Electoral College was in the Final Four last year.

There are more than 300 million Americans. Many of them are qualified to be president. Yet, we offered up two of the worst candidates ever.

The same people bemoaning the victory of Trump over Clinton seem to ignore the greatest act of political embezzlement ever in Clinton’s nomination. The same party leading the tears over their loss were more than happy to circumvent the system when it suited them.

They wanted to make history. They did that and more if anyone is paying attention. They sold the soul of the democratic party, under the guise of promoting a woman for president, to the highest bidder; the Clinton dynastic machine.

They denigrated the Bush monarchy and then tried to emulate it.

While they blindly marched to their expected entitlement, a bunch of Americans said enough is enough.

You cannot tell us who we can choose. You took away our choice and sent us, reluctantly but in sufficient numbers, to choose someone else and doom your candidate.

I did not vote for Trump. I voted for what I believed to be the lesser of two evils. Will Trump’s presidency turn out to be a disaster? No one can say. But crying and sobbing and screaming and yelling does nothing.

Seeking a change in the electoral college process may be worth discussing but, in another example of the genius of the founding fathers, making such a change is complicated. Something those screaming the loudest don’t understand despite the fact they are the very reason why it is complicated.

We don’t change a system of government because some are unhappy with the results of an election. For those of you struggling to explain the Trump victory to your children, here’s a simple idea.

Turn off the TV and make them READ about how our government works. Letting the media explain the workings of the government is equivalent to child abuse.

Trump won. The Electoral College is the law. If that bothers you, the next series of Congressional elections is two years away, start preparing now.

I see something good arising from this election. Both parties were handed a defeat. One by their own hand and one who had their hands tied by the wave of frustrated Americans. Perhaps the parties will start to listen to all Americans, not just those party apparatchiks trying to maintain the system.

If you want to ensure a better America for your kids. If you want to ensure there IS a better America to pass on to your kids. Then start to work for term limits for Congress. We term limited the President for very good reasons. Assuming for argument’s sake that Trump is a bad president, there is a chance to remove him from office in four years (with sufficient electoral votes.)

Failing that, the worst we must endure is 8 years. I would hope, before the next election, we can find candidates that inspire people to vote for them, not against them.

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About Joe Broadmeadow

Joe Broadmeadow retired with the rank of Captain from the East Providence Police Department after serving for 20 years. He is the author of the novels Collision Course, Silenced Justice, and Saving the Last Dragon available on Amazon in print and Kindle. Joe is working o the latest in a series of Josh Williams and Harrison "Hawk" Bennett novels and a sequel to Saving the Last Dragon. In 2014 Joe completed a 2,185 mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail
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3 Responses to Trump’s Victory: What’s to Explain?

  1. Extremely well said ,Joe, and you hit the proverbial nail on the head.

  2. Karen says:

    Exactly. Disappointment in losing is normal. But do something meaningful, support – really support either financially or with your time-those causes most likely to be hurt by budget cuts or, sadly, hate mongering: the developmentally disabled, planned parenthood, minorities. Find a cause to put your best effort behind, and work so change happens. It’s not up to “them”, we are the “them”.

  3. Karen says:

    Exactly. Mourn, but go do something to make a difference, support a cause that is going to be hurt by financial policy or that is threatened by fear and hate. And work to change the policy makers. It’s not “them”, we are “them”.

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