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Ladies, Gentlemen, loyal Save Jerseyans, gender fluid individuals, gender confused and those self-identifying as a Kumquat, please brace yourselves for a truth bomb: Donald Trump is going to be the President of the United States.
Stop reading now if you must and take a deep breath; however, the reality of what you just read will not change regardless of what you decide to do.
He wasn’t my first choice. He wasn’t my second, third, or fifteenth choice. But I’ll say it again – – Donald Trump is going to be President of the United States. It is time for everyone to come to terms with this. It is past time for the meltdowns to subside. It is past time for the dramatic media permeated freak outs about Trump’s supposed homophobia and Islamophobia and racism and sexism and whatever else-isms/phobia to stop.
Since Donald Trump became president-elect, protests have continued to take place throughout the country with the popular hashtag #NotMyPresident as a rallying call.
One group called, #NotMyPresident NYC , is not just organizing protests but also actively attempting to pressure Electoral College members to vote against Donald Trump. They are actively publicizing elector’s names and contact information, and instructing their followers to “flood their emails and phone lines — force them into the international spotlight to hold them accountable!”
Unfortunately for the buttercup brigade, as determined as the social justice warriors (paid, and unpaid) may be, they are laboring in vein.
If these people understood the reasons for the nuances of our system of government which the Founders so brilliantly created, they would not be in the streets right now or harassing Electoral College voters. Instead, they would be focused on winning back seats in the House and trying to make gains in the gubernatorial and state house races in 2018. Cheerfully? That might be a stretch. But they wouldn’t be crying like babies liberated of their candy.
It’s okay to be a little selfish. For the sake of keeping a Republican majority in the House and growing the number of Republican-controlled state houses and governorships, I hope the SJWs continue to waste their time in the streets instead of engaging people on the battlefield of ideas.
Bipartisan advice aside, let’s lay out a few facts:
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.
Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote –in the grand scheme of things– does not matter.
Donald Trump won the Electoral College and lost the popular vote.
A majority of those who voted, voted for Hillary Clinton.
We cannot be sure how many voters voted illegally, were dead, voted twice or a combination of any of those.
43% of eligible voters DID NOT VOTE.
Both campaigns based their strategies on winning 270 of the 538 electoral votes.
This is what democracy – in a federal republic – looks like.
It needs to look like this unless we want to live in a country where NYC, Los Angeles and Chicago pick the president and everyone else doesn’t need to bother voting.
There will be another presidential election in 4 years.
Depending on where you live, there will be even more local and state elections in the next 2 years.
If you don’t like the outcome of the presidential election this year or any election that happens in America, you can try again next time.
You are also invited to consider how maybe, just maybe, your concerns over the results might warrant revisiting conservative calls for small government; after all, these elections wouldn’t feel so do-or-die if the president – and his federal government – was constitutionally constrained as intended.
Allow me to quote outgoing President Obama: Deal with it.
Ok, so that’s a paraphrase.
What he actually said was this (emphasis added):
You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don’t break it. Don’t break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That’s not being faithful to what this country’s about.”