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Election Plan B: Is There a Morning
ELECTION PLAN B AND THE MORNING AFTER
Early ballot counts inadvertently predicted the 2016
Presidential election outcome. In a nervous and surreal suspension of time,
Hillary Clinton held three electors against Donald Trump’s 19 votes,
flipping collective liberal stomachs. Watching Trump’s unexpectedly
potent challenge of liberal expectations became more than a bad
date. The blue condom literally broke, with no Election
Plan B to prevent conception.
Rather than spending a sleepless night in conjecture, I joined
the many who quit watching during the few minutes Clinton held a marginal
lead. After months of foreplay, we (the previously mentioned collective of now
exhausted liberals) purposefully skipped the media’s rhetorical attempts at
explaining the flawed pundit predictions and Pew polls with Polly-Ana
platitudes. I awoke the next day to news of the Trump electoral win, took
a Xanax, then went back to bed to ponder a 2016 election Plan B. No
morning after pill for this election night screw. Canada, perhaps?
Metaphorically sticking my head in the sand seemed the best
advice to avoid anxious apocalyptic scenarios. Scenarios, such as a
yellow fluff of hair and a screwed-up face, screaming bigoted vengefulness with
a finger on the BIG button.
IS THIS ELECTION PLAN B OR HAS NUCLEAR
Ironically, the day after the election was so dreary; even
the Houston sky was sad. Checking for signs of a nuclear winter, not a
single ray of sun penetrated the overcast sky. No apocalypse, just a
grey sky in an eerie show of sympathy to Harris County’s blue feminist and
By late afternoon, I bravely crawled out of my
sheet-tent and took the walk of shame to my
computer. Megamedia speculations analyzing the largely
unexpected Trump win dominated my home page. I searched the headlines for
an implementable election morning plan B--some intelligent assessment of sheer
stupidity. Radio host and author Garrison Keillor caught my attention with his
Washington Post opinion. In "Trump voters
will not like what happens next", Keillor analyzes the
outcome and advises brooding liberals.
UNEDUCATED WHITE VOTERS JOIN THE PARTY
Keillor premises that The Donald's largely uneducated white
male supporters joined the Trump movement for the party, small
"p". Caught up in the suddenly socially acceptable raucousness,
they joined and enjoyed the madness. Let me even further surmise and
clarify with a more accurate statement: They were in it TO
party. Trump supporters were rolling on the actual
festivities. The beer, the hollering, the groping. No one ever
expected him to WIN the damn thing (2016).
Prior to the election, The New York Times reported a possible
path to victory for Trump through the largest bloc of registered voters:
uneducated white males. Their caveat to this hypothesis was that only half of
this demographic failed intercourse with a ballot in the previous election,
leaving 29 million sleeping votes.
of Clinton’s win, the opposing party brushed aside any such threat, without the
protection of an election plan B. After the Election Day results,
The New York Times reiterated their claim, and excused their caveat: The
pre-election polls were simply unable to anticipate the large turnout of rural,
white, working-class voters in key states (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/upshot/why-trump-won-working-class-whites.html),
which begs the question, was it cognitive inability or technical
inability? I boldly claim the former, positing that critical
thinking processes were dismissed in favor of computer poll processing.
PLAN C: THE FAITHLESS ELECTORATE AND A
Now that he has won the Presidential election, let the
Republicans deal with him, writes Keillor flippantly. Still, his benign words
only temporarily comfort dejected liberals searching for an election Plan
B to prevent implantation.
“I’ll accept the election
results,” Trump finally acquiesces in a pre-election stump speech, his
followers clapping at the ghost of a change in his contentious “we’ll see” stance.Then, after a long pause, Trump caveats his
statement with celebrity theatrics: “if I win!”The crowd roars as he rants of a “rigged” election process, possibly the
only truthful slip of the tongue during his campaign.That he and Putin share a bed is obvious;
the depth of their affair is unthinkably unexpected.
Although we cannot change America's 2016 choice without changing
our country’s founding premise of free elections, we can ignore the 2016
electoral choice…at least for the moment. Then, Americans must
examine the decline in intelligence and the rise in fear of our populace; or
more concisely, how Americans went stupid with fear. This socio-political
phenomenon, first defined by Thomas Hobbes in the 17th century, explains how a
frightened and neglected citizenry will choose a despotic leader rather than
enter into a “state of nature” (1651)[i].
This is not news, yet the news missed it. Liberal
politicians and the educated electorate missed it, too.Statistical demographics of this election
largely support the hypothesis that illiteracy, ignorance and fear rule too
many American lives. By capitalizing on the seething
anger of under-educated eligible voters who suffered most in the
2008 recession, Trump re-enfranchised this previously
quiet demographic with loud propaganda and undefined promises to
"Make America Great (Again)".
NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL FAILURE IS NO
"I am now going to pay more attention to teachers,"
Keillor writes in his concluding sentence, positing that Trump won the presidency
through the unexpected turnout of uneducated white voters.Keillor’s conclusion supports inductive
reasoning of educational failure and fearful ignorance. Presently, there
is plenty of support for this implicit claim.
But for now, let the Republicans in power worry about Trump; roll
out your yoga mats, grow some heirloom tomatoes, and read Jane Austen one more
time, Keillor advises. Not necessarily
the election Plan B that many would prefer, and so I caveat that advice with
this thought: another election cycle is
in four years.Liberals, start now
to secure impenetrable protection, and have a Trump Re-Election Plan B ready.
[i] Thomas Hobbes' (1588-1679)
socio-political theory defines the "state of nature" as "the war of all
against all ". Only a strong, undivided political system
could provide the social structure to prevent a "state of nature”, claims Hobbes.
Hobbes explains this behavior by concluding that man’s greatest fear is a violent
death at the hands of
another [human being] (1651, Leviathan).[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellum_omnium_contra_omnes