Americans woke to the stunning news yesterday morning that Republican Donald Trump had defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton to be the 45th President of the United States.
The surprising outcome of the election is not sitting well in many major cities, where marches and riots have broken out.
A day after Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, campaign divisions appeared to widen as many thousands of demonstrators — some with signs with messages declaring “NOT MY PRESIDENT” — flooded streets across the country to protest his surprise triumph.
From New England to heartland cities like Kansas City and along the West Coast, demonstrators bore flags and effigies of the president-elect, disrupting traffic and declaring that they refused to accept Trump’s victory.
Flames lit up the night sky in California cities Wednesday as thousands of protesters burned a giant papier-mache Trump head in Los Angeles and started fires in Oakland intersections.
Los Angeles demonstrators also beat a Trump piñata and sprayed the Los Angeles Times building and news vans with anti-Trump profanity. One protester outside LA City Hall read a sign that simply said “this is very bad.”
Videos from some of the different protests around the nation are illustrative.
There is paplable anger in the streets of major cities, along with rioting, arson, and chants of “Not my President.”
Some, like the woman below of questionable citizen status, are calling for violence because she didn’t like the outcome of free and relatively fair elections.
“If we don’t fight, who is going to fight for us? People had to die for your freedom where we’re at today. We can’t just do rallies, we have to fight back. There will be casualties on both sides. There will be, because people have to die to make a change in this world. Trump, enough with your racism. Stop splitting families. Don’t split my family.”
Calls to assassinate President-Elect Trump have blanketed social media, where pro-Hillary progressives almost seem to be a some sort of virtue-signaling contest to see who can have the most dramatic meltdowns.
A grasp of basic civics seems to be common among many of the protestors.
I have good news for these anti-Trump protestors. There are three simple things you can do to keep Donald Trump from becoming the President of the United States.
Presidential elections, more than any other kind of election, are driven by inspiration. The candidates who win Presidential elections inspire people, as Ronald Reagan did in 1980 and 1984, and Barack Obama did in 2008 and 2012.
When many voters feel that the nominee was selected by people within the upper reaches of party because it was “her turn,” and that the nomination was rigged by the party to exclude worthwhile challengers, it turns off voters.
Likewise, voters tend to prefer candidates who are good public speakers, who have energy, and aren’t under at least five known current federal investigations for influence peddling.
Directly tied in with “nominate a good candidate” is “inspire the people.” You have to give them a message that reasonates, that makes them beleive that your candidate has vision and focus and a plan for success. You also have to convince voters that it is vital for people to actually show up on election day and cast their ballots, which Mrs. Clinton simply did not do.
Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy was one defined by an attitude of “I deserve this,” and “my political enemies are unworthy.” Neither sentiment inspired people, despite overt media cheerleading for the campaign.
In the end, it all comes down to voting. We vote to elector a slate of electors (the electoral college), and the slate of electors are pledged to represent each state so that we avoid the tyranny of mob rule. We are a Republic, because the Founding Fathers were wise men, reasonably concerned that direct democracy invariably leads to an idiocracy.
We’re now seeing turnout data flowing in from across the country, and it clearly shows that people simply did not turn out to vote. Both Trump and Clinton had fewer popular votes than 2012 loser Mitt Romney, and of course far less than the winner of the 2012 contest, our current sitting President, Barack Obama. Like it or not, Trump is our President-Elect because he inspired some surprising segments of the populations—including female and minority voters that pollsters were so certain were going to vote for Hillary—and eked out (at least) 279 electoral college votes, while an uninspiring Clinton amassed just 228.
So there you have it:
- Nominate a candidate for whom people will want to vote.
- Ensure that you motivate people to go to the polls on election day.
Do that, and you can avoid Donald Trump becoming your President… in the 2020 Presidential election.
The fact remains that he is going to be your President for four years starting on January 20, 2017, and unless you are un-American enough that you’re going to start an insurrection because you didn’t like the outcome of a free and fair election, that’s simply the way things are going to be.