Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Biggest Loser of Election 2016? Barack Obama.

So, how about that election! Tuesday, November 8, 2016 and into Wednesday, November 9, 2016 gave the Republican party what had not been accomplished since 1928 - a Republican president, House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate. America has a majority number of Republican governors and Republican state houses, too. It's a good day to be a Republican. I haven't been able to say that in quite some time. Thanks, Obama.

Even Wall Street joined in the celebration - despite predictions of doom and gloom, the DOW closed on a record high number Wednesday afternoon.

This election was a referendum on Barack Obama. His power grabbing executive orders, his intentional use of race-baiting rhetoric, his divide and conquer policy-making, his unapologetic contempt for Republicans, and his non-stop quest for a real legacy led to a complete rejection. This election was the final rejection of Obama's failed policies which have led to 3/4 of Americans thinking our country is going in the wrong direction.

I worked at a polling place this Election Day and I was so grateful to have that distraction from the usual all day prognosticating of the talking heads on cable news and radio. This was an election cycle that, if anyone was truly honest would admit, no one knew what the hell was going to happen. It was a very long day but I found it impossible to not be uplifted to watch fellow citizens exercising their right to vote.

Credit where credit is due - Donald J. Trump won the presidential election against all odds. The first winner who never held elected office or served in the military, Trump had the great majority of media against him along with Democrats and a bunch of #NeverTrump Republican voters. Consultants and professional politicos, all of whom depend on politics as usual for a living, openly spoke with a theatrical level of disdain against him. Sitting elected officials boasted that they would not support or even vote for the Republican nominee. I will write about the failed #NeverTrump strategy later.

And then November 8, 2016 changed the electoral map of America. States not won by Republican presidential candidates, like Pennsylvania, since 1988 went to Trump.

Let me be clear, Donald Trump was my 17th choice in the Republican presidential primary. He only very recently declared himself as a Republican and clearly is not by any stretch of the imagination particularly interested in basic political philosophy. He is a 70 year old man with a lot of personal baggage that was impossible to ignore. So, when he won the nomination, I had to work through the Kubler-Ross five steps of grief. Then I made a decision - I would vote for my party's nominee for my party's sake. It is really as simple as that. I am a loyal Republican and that means I have voted for many who were not my first choice with the belief that any Republican is better than a Democrat. Have I skipped some races on a ballot? Yes. In my book, that is always a possibility.

The media was defeated and that makes me very happy. No longer even pretending to be unbiased, this political season proved to be the most openly biased I've lived to see. Very few who call themselves journalists are worthy of respect. The liberal take-over of American universities is in full display.

Pollsters were defeated. The polling in 2016 was very wrong. An exaggerated percentage of Democrats were polled and the results were skewed. This appears to have been intentional, as we learned from the leaked emails via WikiLeaks.

Four in five white evangelical voters handed victory to Donald Trump. Two in five black evangelical voters went with Clinton but that demographic failed to produce the results given to Barack Obama in previous elections.

A glass ceiling was broken, too. It wasn't the one that Hillary Clinton spoke about but one equally important - Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, is the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign. That is a very exciting milestone in politics. Women, the majority of voting Americans, want a woman president but not corrupt Hillary Clinton. White women, by a majority of 53%, voted for Trump. Women will not be bullied into voting for a candidate simply based on the gender card. As I said throughout this election cycle, "Yes, I want a woman president. Just not THAT woman."

After many years of feeling left out and ignored by their own government, regular Americans flocked to the polls and said, "enough". Our Constitutional Republic is strong. The wisdom of the Founding Fathers was proven again - Trump received the highest number of electoral votes of any Republican since 1988 and perhaps 1 million votes less than Clinton in the popular vote. The electoral college is a protection that allows all Americans to have an equal say in governance, not just the heavily populations areas of the country. All votes are created equal, to paraphrase the 12th Amendment.

Liberal losers with hurt feelings - and a desire for a paycheck from the likes of George Soros - are protesting in the streets of blue America. These areas are also media centers for optimum press coverage, not a coincidence. I say let them protest our system of democracy and take to the streets to do so. Hopefully, these public expressions of disappointment will not result in loss of life or property. It is their right. Just don't be fooled - these demonstrations are at the hands of professional agitators, the likes of whom were also paid to protest Trump campaign rallies and incite violence while doing so. Their willing stooges in the media were in on the ruse. Americans in flyover country were not swayed, in fact, this backfired and only made Trump supporters more determined.

There is much work to be done. God bless President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. God bless America. Thanks, Obama!

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