CNN features an article today identifying the lessons learned from the 2016 election of Donald Trump. These are their observations:
1. The U.S. is part of the global community, like it or not.
2. Our politics are messier than we thought.
3. We don’t know one another well.
4. By choice or by design, millions of Americans never cast a vote.
5. We’re not in a ‘post-truth era’ — but it’s on the horizon.
6. Social media can trump big donor money.
7. The fundamentals of US democratic pluralism are strong — but not invulnerable.
My personal observations are a little different:
- People still don’t appreciate the critical importance of voting.
- The electoral college system of electing our President is out-dated and discourages people from voting. Specifically, in a state like Texas, that traditionally goes red, there is little incentive for liberals to vote as they feel their vote won’t matter.
- Americans don’t take the time to educate themselves about the real positions of the candidates. Even if candidates lie, people still believe them. It’s a full time job to keep up with the truth about the candidates. The media, on the right and left, is so biased that it has become incredibly difficult for the average person to determine the truth.
- Celebrities have name recognition, and many times that is all people focus on…who they’ve heard of. Regardless of what you think about Ronald Reagan’s presidency, he probably won the election because he was a celebrity.
- Most Americans don’t understand the importance of the rights bestowed by the US Constitution.
- There is still a huge amount of racism and bigotry in America.
- Women are fooling ourselves to believe that we have achieved equality. Many Americans, and our President-elect in particular, still view women as objects whose value is based upon their beauty and little else.
8. America hasn’t recovered from the humiliation of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal.
9. Women don’t vote based on the gender of the candidates.
10. American voters refuse to be realistic about the solutions to challenges facing the country. For example, every American is aware of the unsustainable debt but is unwilling to vote for measures that would limit further debt because it might be inconvenient for them. Example would be social security, medicare,building a wall, deporting illegal immigrants, and increasing military spending.
11. Sarah Palin is still dangerous. She is still capable of inflicting damage to our country. She doesn’t represent competent professional women or dedicated mothers. Eight years after she ran for Vice President, Todd has not denied being a pimp, Sarah hasn’t educated herself, none of Sarah’s children have a college education, Trig is still being neglected, the Palin family is still growing as a result of children conceived out of wedlock, and Sarah is still hoping to be recognized.
If we are to fix the many problems facing our country, its essential that Americans begin to address these problems.