For Over 40 Years…
And that is the typical view of a generation, I have watched our nation slowly change. We have become more progressive. Some will label it liberal. Others will say we have gone too far, and others not far enough. Many look over their shoulders at the past and wish for those golden years of a prior generation, and others look to the future to their view of what is yet to be unfolded.
Regardless, each views their personal world and with disdain the flipped side of the political coin is discounted.
We see the broad picture of a nation divided by the Red’s and the Blue’s, and when considered at the state level it looks somewhat evenly split. When we look at it at the county level we find only pockets of Blue, surrounded by a sea of Red. Will the Blue take over the Red, or will the Red flood the Blue? Who knows.
I suspect we will always have pockets of one or the other, but I do know there are other groups (no color designation) who would like to have their laws used for their communities, and are at odds with the way our American law is lived by today – it is a unity of church and state and the differences between the two worlds could create a climate that is not profitable to us as a nation. Neither Red nor Blue wants to see that. (Read Here)
What does all of this really mean? Perhaps the image does not show the Great Divide of a nation polarized, but we are truly polarized on so many fronts. It is difficult to consider that we can pull together for a common goal, but I think that’s exactly what we must do. This chart shows us that there is a huge untapped pocket of folks that, for whatever their reasons, who now decided it was time to vote.
We have found, politically, that there have been too many ignored over the past few years and they finally had enough and rose up to vote in numbers that ensured their candidates success.
It was a shocker. The News Media felt it and was bamboozled. The pollsters and data miners were blindsided and even today feel like they do not understand their source data at all…. Both political parties felt the shock. I woke up the next morning – shocked (I paid no attention to the election night at all). I talked to a number of younger folks who failed to vote and they don’t seem to care about the results, or even the process. I read how a popular sports figure that stirred a movement failed to vote, and the ranting against him as a voice was huge! (Watch Here)
It makes me wonder if non-voters had all voted in the primaries, and then again in the general election, what would the final result have been? Would either candidate be the one to represent the parties in the general election? What would the day after had looked liked if everybody participated?
We will never know. It’s the voice of the people who voted that made the outcome as we see it today. We could talk a long time about the Electoral College vs the Popular Vote, but that’s not the issue. The issue is how do we handle this current cycle? What will happen when this cycle is over with? Who will come next? How much more polarized will we be? Will we ever unite behind a single candidate as we did Nixon in 1972? He won 96.7% of the Electoral College (520 votes) and 60.7% of the Popular Vote over George McGovern!
How did his cycle end? “I am not a crook!”
So. A word to anyone who cares to think this through. No one totally agrees with any candidate or party. We make choices for affiliation by those platforms that more closely line up with our own personal views. The candidates are never successful with being identical to our own view point, but still we choose the closest we can.
When it is all said and done, we cannot change the results. Those that are struggling with the outcome may be experiencing a few of the feelings that others felt when their candidate did not win in prior elections. I have had a generation of experiences of being on both sides of the win/loss coin. It’s never easy. As I wrote yesterday, there are “successes and setbacks” and we must learn to go with the flow and work for a different outcome the next time.
One late night talk show host, Stephen Colbert, said it best when he worded his feelings like this:
“I felt a lot of emotions last night and into today; some sadness, some anger, some fear. But I’m also aware that those are the same emotions a lot of Trump supporters felt; emotions that led them to make their choice. And it would be wrong for me to think my emotions are somehow more authentic than their emotions. We’re always better as a society when we have empathy for one another,” he concluded, offering his congratulations for Trump and his supporters. (Source)
A final thought, you can only complain if you exercised your privilege to vote…too many did not vote, so we can ignore their complaints…
Now is not the time to quit. Now is the time to prepare.