Election Reflections

Ah, the 2016 presidential election is over and we have a change of party in the White House. Now that Donald Trump has won, I’d like to recap some of the more popular opinions that prevailed during the election cycle.

“Hey, have you heard? Donald Trump is running for president. Hahahaha”

When I first heard that Trump was going to make a run, I took it as a joke as many others also did. Here we have someone who has had no real political experience and is more known for his celebrity status and being a hugely rich businessman. I didn’t think he had any shot or that he’d go very far. Although, I did have creeping thoughts in the back of my head that just mayyybe this guy could make some noise. That’s due mostly to my tendency to think that Americans, for some reason, are easily swayed toward voting for someone with celebrity status. That thought was built up by the election of Arnold Schwarzeneggar as the governor of California.

“Please, someone, anyone, take down Trump, otherwise the Democratic nominee will just wipe the floor with him.”

When he finally made noise, people started to take his campaign seriously as one inter-party rival after another dropped out. But still, he was too unmannered and blunt and inexperienced to hold any advantage over his Democratic counterparts. People were just begging someone else to win the primaries to give the GOP a shot.

“Seriously? He’s the Republican nominee?”

Just gotta accept it and move on I guess.

“How can you vote for Trump?!”

Most of the reasons here were: racist, sexist, foul mouth, not presidential material, political amateur, threatened to withdraw from allied nations, …

“How can you vote for Hillary?!”

Her’s were: Gave 9/11 as the answer for everything (even made it to South Park), sleeps with Wall Street, liar, mired in email investigations, criminal, …

It was at this point that I began to ask “Hmm, who should I vote for? The clown, or the criminal?”

“Just go out and vote!”

When it was time to put pen to paper, Facebook was littered with posts from people who urged their fellow Americans to go out and vote no matter who they’re supporting. I saw a post shared but couldn’t go back and find it, but it perfectly summed up the typical reactions people have no matter what you did on election day:

  1. Vote for Trump: he’s racist!
  2. Vote for Hillary: she’s a liar!
  3. Vote for nobody: you’re wasting your vote!
  4. Vote for another candidate: your vote won’t matter!

“OMG, is this reality?”

The denial stage was unmistakable on social media. People cussed out those who voted for Trump as bigots and stupids. Here’s my 2 cents: regardless of which nominee won, supporters from the other side would have a gigantic arsenal of reasons to belittle triumphant voters. Had Hillary won, the same type of reaction would’ve played out, except the targets of the vitriol would just be voters from the other side.

“Well, let’s see what he can do.”

I thought that were was nothing to do but to move on. My own personal post on Facebook which represents the acceptance stage:

“No matter how this election could’ve swung, tens of millions from one side would be frustrated and the other tens of millions would cheer.

It may be harder for people to accept the results this time around since the candidates are so polarizing, but there is not much to do now but join hands and hope that the new president has a good supporting staff to work with to make reasoned decisions for this country.”

Post election, I’m disappointed, not by the new president, but by news of people staging protests. I would say: give it a rest people! Democracy has played itself out. You and I both voted. By voting, you agree to respect other people’s votes and agree to accept the outcome, whatever it may be.

It will be an interesting few years with Trump in the driver’s seat. Here’s to hoping for at least stability in America in the next couple of years.

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