I’ve spent more than a few hours trying to come up with a title for this post. What I’ve used is the best I’ve got.
There’s no need for additional dramatics from me, or this blog. The old Rudyard Kipling poem, “If”, is especially apropo to the situation. So, I shall attempt the very difficult ‘anti-rant’. Much like crossing matter and antimatter, this is dangerous, and should not be attempted by anyone who has not graduated from Starfleet Academy.
To think that between 90 & 99% of everyone predicted this election incorrectly – myself going to bed expecting the snarky worst on the morning Today show. (An aside: What is it that drives offspring to watch the same morning show their parents did? My better half tunes into the Today show, like her (& my) parents did. I (anarchist that I am), prefer the foreign news outlets broadcast on the MHz network.)
The reactions of the candidates is telling. Trump’s victory speech was less bellicose than it could have been. Much less. Clinton’s concession (delayed) speech was canned – somone else can research previous concession speeches for the cribbed, trite phrases. The standardized meeting between the old and the new kings is also telling. I’ve always wondered how two people who, for the past year, could say not one nice thing about the other, could manage a ‘smiling’ photo op for the press.
(Aside #2: Clinton’s campaign trumpeted her accomplishments to include her time as First Lady. The present FLOTUS also has some accomplishments. Who handles the FLOTUS budget? Does it come out of White House operations? Does Congress approve it?)
Onward to the protests. 1st point: When have there been protests immediately after the election results are posted? The only two in my memory are after Bush the Younger, and Trump. Hmm. Have there ever been conservative protests after a democrat was elected? Which group has a problem behaving like intelligent adults? Had the election swung the other way, would there be howling conservatives sitting in the middle of highways or setting suburban sapling afire?
While I am still strongly against the Electoral College system, everyone agreed to the rules before the game started. If we are to expect any change to the rules, we the people REQUIRE A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION! And before the mid-term elections. This is the way to combat a one-party Washington. They, of course, will reject it out of hand. Then we have to get the numbers (of voters) together to force the pols hand.
I’ve got a lot of ideas for such an enterprise. More than for a couple blog posts. If the ideas don’t get shot full of holes, they could gain some traction. It would not resemble government-as-we-know-it today. It would use a lot of large-system management techniques developed (and proven) over the last 200 years. The end result, hopefully, would be lesser government, devolution of tasks to state level (following federal guidance). Elections would be by popular vote – the average American has greater knowledge of many more topics than the citizen 200 years past. (Yes, they can’t find Burundi or Rhode Island on a map, but they do understand lead in Flint city water systems, embezzlement within school systems, neighborhood crime statistics, and international agents of destruction. Overall, positive proof that the great unwashed can decide their future without interference from an appointed third party.)
Some of the issues I mentioned in the previous post still ring true: a stronger secession movement (basically the entire west coast); strict analyses of the new administration’s policy changes (I triple-dog dare them to replace O-care with something that reduces costs to the patients); a tidying update of the Constitution (re: the Convention). That’s just some suggestions.
In closing, I’d like to cite one of my favorite quotes from the writer, G.K. Chesterton:
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.