Note to Anti-Trump Protesters: Stop Whining
Stop it. I’m tired of turning on the news or picking up a newspaper and seeing your pouty faces, screaming for what you think you are due. I’m sick of reading your ill-informed signs adorned with swastikas and promising to beat back fascism. Makes one wonder if you’ve ever studied the real evils of history.
Especially odious are your signs that read, “Trump: Not My President!”
Yes, he is.
Or he will be, come inauguration day. Whether you voted for Hillary Clinton or wrote in someone else’s name – it doesn’t matter. The contest is over. Donald Trump won fair and square under rules that have been in place for more than two centuries. Stop acting like the outcome should change just because your favorite didn’t win.
This isn’t one of those modern-day sporting events where everybody gets a trophy no matter who won. This isn’t a game to be played in one of those university “safe spaces” where no one is allowed to do or say something that might upset another person. This isn’t your pampered workplace where everyone gets an equal say in how the business works. No. This is real-life and based on an historic system called the Electoral College that was designed to give every state an equal, per-population, say-so on who is elected president.
For those of you who have been stomping your feet and screaming with spittle flying into the wind about doing away with the Electoral College, take heart. Maybe, just maybe, that will become a reality in your lifetime. But it is not the system we have in place today.
Retiring Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Ca, is the latest in a line of lawmakers to introduce a bill to expel the Electoral College via a constitutional amendment. Not an easy task.
First, the issue is unlikely to be brought up during this lame duck session. If by some miracle Congress did pass Boxer’s legislation nothing would change until three-fourths of the states ratified the idea over a seven-year period.
To protesters who really want to do more than march in the street you might want to work for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact project. The NPVIC has been enlisting states that agree to pledge all their Electoral College electors to the candidate that wins the popular vote. So far 10 states and the District of Columbia have signed on in support, representing just 165 electoral votes, far below the 270 needed to win a presidential election.
But note: experts who study this stuff think even if the NPVIC could get enough states to sign on to the compact court challenges would be inevitable. The U.S. Constitution forbids states from entering into any agreement with another state without the express consent of Congress.
So, see? The Electoral College system won’t be easy to just “abolish” as so many of you demand. It has long endured, not because the system is rigged but because it was carefully crafted and meticulously re-crafted when necessary.
I can’t help but wonder. If your candidate had won would you still be so vociferous in your demands to scrap the Electoral College system? I doubt it.
For those who believe endless street protests are the answer to your unhappiness here’s another reality check. Voters soundly rejected the Democrat’s tiresome drumbeat that America must bow to a myriad of individual and special interest groups’ needs and set aside what is best for the country. Take a moment to check post-election maps that lay out the state-by-state 2016 election results. The color red permeates.
Red, denoting the republican lead in governorships (33 to 15), in U.S. House races (238 to 193), U.S. Senate races (52 to 48) and, of course, a republican won the White House.
No, your team didn’t win. Sorry about that. While I respect every American’s right to peacefully demonstrate it is time to move on. Time to figure out a way to work within the system for the change you want. Time to reflect on protests that decry candidate Trump’s name calling while holding signs calling him evil, a racist, a misogynist, a dictator-in-waiting and other vile names.
Yes, if Hillary Clinton had been elected we would have undoubtedly had a smoother transition period.
But if Clinton had won, let’s be honest, conservatives have never been known to hit the bricks in rowdy, confrontational and sometimes violent street protests. The old Tea Party demonstrations of 2009-10 looked like bible revivals compared to what’s happening today.
And, finally, ask yourselves — what have the anti-Trump protests accomplished? Like a spoiled child who throws him or herself on the ground for lack of more playground time, very little. Except in one regard. The continued demonstrations have had one very real consequence: to denigrate our political system and malign the office of the presidency. It is a lousy message to send the rest of the world.
And be careful, because the office you diminish today will, undoubtedly, be occupied by a democrat in the future.