It’s not the end of the world

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So anyway, the election is long over, any attempts at questioning its legitimacy have failed to pan out, and today is the day.  It’s been decided (by whom and for what reason(s) might be up for debate).  Trump is the winner, by the skin of someone else’s teeth.  It’s over.

Don’t blame me; I didn’t vote for him.  I didn’t vote for Hillary, either.  I did indeed vote.  I didn’t go for Jill Stein, so that pretty much narrows it down.  You know where I stand.  And it ain’t on the left or the right.

I haven’t been Republican in 14.5 years.  I left the GOP in 2002, and I’ve never looked back–not once.  I’ve never even considered it.

But here’s the deal: it’s not necessarily the end of the world that Trump got in.

I can hear (lots of) people protesting: “what the hell??  Why not?  He’s Hitler!  He’s the antichrist!  He’s a monster!”

He might be any one, combination, all, or none of those things.  The media have funny ways of obscuring the truth.  Stories are sanitized for the mass herds of sheep, without fail.  It’s hard to figure out where agendas end and truth begins.  Don’t believe everything they say.

I don’t like Trump.  And I’m not developing Stockholm Syndrome, either.  We’re not hostages, and he’s not our captor.  He has his asshole moments, but the United States is not a nation under siege.

I’m not here to defend him.  But I will defend my own position, particularly that in which I claim that his inauguration doesn’t automatically spell the end of the world.

Why?  Because think back to Civics class.  The president is not a king.  There’s this thing called “separation of powers”.  The Founders of the US weren’t stupid.  They knew that narcissists like Obama, Hillary, and even Trump, would run.  They knew that power corrupts, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely.  They wanted to guard against that.  They’ve been semi-successful.

They (these Founder guys) also created the electoral college.  These were learned guys who knew their history.  They had studied past civilizations and learned that direct elections result in mob rule.  I say this because many otherwise-intelligent people are calling for the abolishment of the electoral college.  The electoral college exists for a reason.  (The whole “mob rule” thing for those with shorter attention spans).  Believe me, you don’t want mob rule; it only ensures a quicker dissolution of our civilization, just like those that have fallen in the past.

Right now, the ones hollering the loudest about abolishing the electoral college lean to the left.  They claim the system “failed”, because they’re dissatisfied with the outcome.  They bemoan that “the system sucks; it doesn’t work”.  They’re wrong.  The system worked perfectly.  Would they still be singing the same tune if the tables were turned and it was Hillary who got in but Trump who won the popular vote?  Or would they be applauding the process and telling Trump supporters to stuff it? 

This time around, they may not be too happy with the electoral college; it didn’t agree with them.  But what about the next election?  What happens the next time the popular vote veers to the right, but the electoral college swings left?  Will they be so quick to point out that the Republican candidate won the popular vote, or will they cling to the wisdom of the electoral college and say, “well, that’s tough; the Democrat got in, fair and square.”

The door swings both ways – from multiple angles.  It’s tricky.  It’s also bound to piss off half the nation.  That’s human nature.  You sulk when your candidate doesn’t win.

Look at the bright side: Trump is also a business man.  (People like to condemn business, but let’s face it – it makes the world go ’round.  I might not like it either, but I can’t conjure up a more palatable alternative.  So that’s what we’re stuck with.  And, if we’re honest with ourselves, we realize that we depend very much on privately-owned and publicly-traded (but non-governmental) products and services; the proof is that you’re able to read this right now and get mad at me.  Government didn’t create that; a person did.) 

Trump does know how to run an organization, and keep it in the black.  That’s just plain necessary for survival.  He might have to resort to unpopular measures to accomplish that, but let’s face it: what we have now (runaway spending and the not-so-gradual erosion of the value of the dollar, which leads to inflation and a stagnant economy, and let’s not forget that we’re still locked into pointless wars and military actions); neither Bush nor Obama had done us very well.  Both were politicians who played the game; Trump has proven (in some not-so-flattering–and downright douchbag–moments) that he’s not a yes-man lapdog.

Eight years ago, Obama ran on cheap words like “hope” and “change”.  What did he deliver?  Jack shit.  The same old same old.  We never pulled out of the Middle East.  We never recovered our economy (I’m in (very) small business myself; trust me; I know the truth: the economy isn’t exactly on the vigorous rebound, despite what creative accounting tries to say).

The voters have spoken; they want real hope and change.  They elected a guy who is different from the rest (sometimes, not in the most positive of ways).

The previous strategy was unsustainable anyway.  Whatever we don’t suffer in our lifetimes will be handed down to your children or their children.  Do we hate our future unborn generations that much, or do we want to try to solve some of the hard issues now?  It’ll suck, sure, but it’ll suck more later if we don’t.

Here’s one last reason why Trump might not be so bad: the Republicans hate him.  They fought his nomination tooth and nail.  He’s very anti-establishment.  I’m not sure if he’s the answer, specifically.  But I do know that the only way out of the mess we’re in is the choosing of someone who truly is different, and not part of the establishment.  If you didn’t vote for Gary Johnson, then Trump was your only other option.  Hillary is as statist as they come.  She would have only driven us further into the ground.

Don’t worry; the president is only one branch of government.  There are two others: the judicial and the legislative.  There are still 435 members of the House, 100 members of the Senate, and 9 Supreme Court justices. 

And that’s just at the top level.  Most of the decisions and policies that affect our daily lives are actually made locally.  By your city, county, and state.  There are a shit-ton of issues that aren’t even in the jurisdiction of the Federal government; they’re decided by the city, county, and state officials–you know, the ones without the deepest pockets.  The ones who don’t get the headline press coverage.  The ones we know the least about, the ones whose names we’ve probably never even heard.  The ones we keep voting for because they might be the only name on the ballot, or they have a last name we can pronounce, or they ran under your preferred party label (but we know nothing else about them), or what-have-you.

They’re the ones who decide how late into the night your neighbor can make that racket, and thus, how well you’re able to sleep every night.  They’re the ones who tell you what you can and can’t do with your property.  The ones to whom you pay your property taxes.  The ones who influence the quality of your kid’s education.  The ones who decide which textbooks they’ll learn from.  The ones who decide whether or not that much-needed sidewalk is going to get built in front of your house, or whether or not the city bus will run on your street or not.  The ones who decide if they’re going to go easy on you for that speeding ticket…or not.

That’s what we should be more concerned with.  Not one poorly-toupeed guy in a funny-shaped office who can’t enact laws all by himself.  (I’m not trying to be politically incorrect here by using masculine pronouns; it’s just that we haven’t had a female president yet.  I’d love to see the day–but good god(dess), let’s be more careful when nominating the next one, eh?)

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