That is really what all the angst is about. A rigged political system. It didn’t happen overnight or in one election cycle. It has been a planned, concerted effort for a very long time. Us snowflakes aren’t up in arms because we lost the election, necessarily. It’s just that we finally woke up and saw what had been happening for a long time. The system was being stacked in favor of Conservatives. And it happened right out in the open while we were still believing our government belonged to all of us, regardless of political affiliation.
The Republicans have used every trick in the book to make for a very, unlevel playing field. The numbers don’t lie. There are more voters who tend to vote Democrat. That was obvious in the 2016 election. And yet, here we are with another Republican president who did not win the popular vote.
It’s not just the electoral college that makes the field so lop-sided. Voter suppression, gerrymandering, a Senate where a majority of Senators represent a minority of citizens, and just plain, old, dirty tricks (Merrick Garland ring a bell?) have all been used to keep the minority in power.
And yet, my Republican friends keep saying “Get over it. You lost.” Well, gee. How would you like it if the opposite were true? Let’s just imagine that Hillary Clinton was President today and she had lost the popular vote. Can you even imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth? Especially if she were to have even one of the multitude of scandals that our current Commander In Chief has?
The Republicans are nervous about the mid-terms and with good reason. And they are pulling out all the stops. All of us whining snowflakes are now a “MOB”. Yep, us ladies marching around in our pink p-hats are pretty scary, aren’t we? We might yell at you in an elevator or a restaurant. We aren’t the ones with most of the guns. What will we do? Hit you with our knitted hats?
I can’t speak for others but I don’t want any thing that looks like an unlevel playing field. In either direction. Our government used to work well because it was typically balanced. Our leaders knew the meaning of compromise and used it to represent ALL of us. President Trump has been perfectly clear on at least one point. He only represents those who voted for him. The rest of us be damned. That’s no way to run a country that likes to hold itself up as the greatest country in the world. I’m afraid that ship has sailed.
I blame Newt. That’s really when it all seemed to start unraveling. Newt Gingrich threw all the rules out the window and created an atmosphere similar to a bar room brawl. And he’s still gloating about it. This is long but well worth the read:
It is no coincidence that this was around the time my slow transformation from Republican to Democrat began.
The worse thing (and yes, it can be worse) that could happen would be for everything to go exactly the opposite way. We would be trading one group of disenfranchised people for another.
No. We need to restore some semblance of fairness. As of right now, it is not fair.
It is rigged. Plain and simple.
A better essay than I could ever write is here: