A Stunning DefeatEditorial, Top Highlights, Breaking News Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
I attended what was thought to be an election victory cocktail party for Hillary Clinton. The jovial mood over several hours turned into that of a wake and finally a funeral. Clinton’s stunning defeat is hard to accept but we have been here before. A two-term Democratic president yields a subsequent presidential election where there is a stunning victory for Republicans; George W. Bush.
Back in 2000, many people thought how could America elect a thin-intellect, frat-boy like George W. Bush? I don’t need to remind you of the mess Bush wrought; the grand recession, the wars in the Middle East, and a massive attack on the LGBT community through state anti-marriage legislation.
I also think about 2008 and the defeat of Proposition 8. Many asked “How could California defeat marriage equality legislation”? The answer was simple, most of the same voters who defeated Proposition 8 in California are mirror images of those who helped elect Trump; angry White conservative voters who also live among us.
Trump tapped into White anger; anger about the loss of rust belt jobs, anger toward undocumented workers, anger toward LGBT people and anger about their perceived loss of status in America. Now, these angry White people have “taken their country back.” What is so alarming is that college educated White voters went for Trump. College educated Whites decided that electing a misogynist and a racist was better than a perceived corrupt Clinton.
Clinton’s defeat indicates that white America has bonded together across social and economic lines to say “Wait a minute, we are still here, in control, and still run the show.” It is a sad commentary on what I believe to be the permanent divide in America, Whites trying to go back to a time where they didn’t have to deal with “illegal aliens,” people yelling “Black lives matter,” or yelling “we’re here, we’re queer, get over it.”
Let the backlash begin. Obama’s executive orders preempted by new ones from President Trump. The Supreme Court will now become a body issuing conservative rulings that will extend beyond my life on this planet. Get the bricks, time to build that wall.
A little less than half of America has gotten exactly what it wants, a boorish, white man who makes racist, misogynistic and anti-immigrant comments. The next four years are unknown, but we are in for a bumpy ride. What scares me is many of us will forced to sit on the back of the bus.
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