trump-line-artSubmitted by Brian King

I need to preface this by saying that I am writing this one week after the election. I say this because my thoughts on the election have changed on a daily basis since then, and I don’t expect them to resolve completely for quite some time.

I could tell you why I think Trump was elected, but there are still millions of ballots yet to be counted, mostly provisional, so comparable numbers for 2008 and 2012 are still not available. Did more people vote for Trump or did fewer people vote for Hillary? We just don’t know yet. There are some reports that relatively more voters opted to leave their choice for president blank.

For a significant number of voters, Trump’s bigotry was apparently not a deal breaker, but this is still the same country that elected Barrack Obama twice. I just don’t know yet which of these facts is more reflective of our country.
The electoral college is obviously a huge problem. Not only have two of the last five elections resulted in the popular vote winner not being elected, but most Americans feel their votes don’t count at all.

As a nation, we could easily fix the electoral college problem before the next election. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement between the states to award their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote. It already has been passed by ten states and the District of Columbia, which totals to 165 electoral votes — more than 60% of the 270 needed to effectively nullify the electoral college. Although only heavily Democratic states have joined so far, there is plenty of bipartisan interest in ending this archaic system.

But these discussions are probably for another time. We need to focus now on the present — in particular, how we take this gigantic mess and turn it into something positive.

I am reminded of the Tea Party movement. Yes, it was a reaction to the election of our first black President, and yes, it was primarily a creation of Fox News, and yes, it probably gave us President Trump. But it was a sign that popular movements can indeed effect change. We need to channel our fear and anger over Trump’s election.

Protests have spontaneously broken out across the country in response to the election. While the voters have spoken, that doesn’t mean it is a futile act to voice our opposition. We need not only to organize to resist the new administration, but also to come together and to find candidates and run campaigns to win elections at every level of government. Let’s take this as a call to action.

Protests have spontaneously broken out across the country in response to the election. While the voters have spoken, that doesn’t mean it is a futile act to voice our opposition. We need not only to organize to resist the new administration, but also to come together and to find candidates and run campaigns to win elections at every level of government. Let’s take this as a call to action.