Why 2016’s election is one for the history books
While many people are calling 2016 the most remarkable election year, in my view, it was no less memorable than 2008 when Barack Obama became the first African-American president (or the election of Andrew Jackson — more on him in another essay). I recall that back then in 2008–2009 too, there were protests from a part of the citizenry of the USA, similarly decrying that Obama would never be considered their president. So, it’s not surprising that eight years the later, the pendulum can swing the other way — in some ways, it is the American way of a two-party political system. That being said, I’d like to offer some of my thoughts on this matter, and my thoughts for the implications of the Trump administration.
I don’t think that any of the other Republican candidates, had they been nominated, could have defeated Hillary Clinton. To give Trump his due, he has whatever quixotic combination needed to win, including, most importantly, the core message of discontent with the status quo in Washington.
Bernie Sanders had the same core message. He was a Democratic equivalent to Trump — he had the same core message and it resonated with a group of young or progressive Democrats. But the DNC missed it, ignored it, or was bullied by HRC to refuse accepting it as part of the reality.
Could Bernie Sanders have made a difference if he became the DNC VP candidate instead of Kaine? Remember the “team” of JFK/LBJ in 1960 — they pulled their vastly different voter groups together to have a Democratic victory, not a Kennedy victory, to defeat Nixon. What might have this country become in 1960, if JFK and LBJ didn’t agree to put aside their personal animosities? Nixon might have won and history would have been very different. (Although, we may now soon find out what that might have looked liked in the next four years.)
Democrats are missing the larger issue— Trump is like a smokescreen, or the method of magicians (sic diversion). Democrats and the news media are laser-focused on every single Trump tweet, so as to be diverted and distracted from what the RNC “magicians” are actually pulling out from the other sleeve. It’s the three-card Monte in Congress and at the state government level.
In reverse priority of importance, the election results revealed in my view, (1) the pollsters and news media got it wrong, e.g. “This will fix itself, in due course” (2) the traditional campaign “ground game” of money and field offices didn’t work well against Trump’s methods (although it might still work against a more traditional opponent). Or, is this a new way of campaigning at reduced cost — I’m still not clear what those key methods were that Trump used. The rest of the RNC didn’t do anything different from the DNC — just less of it; (3) it is clear that the United States is now a country divided within its very heart and soul — a big showdown is coming — a new “Civil War” is brewing — it has been for some time. Now it’s becoming too obvious to ignore. Each side has a very different view of what their America should look and be like in the future.
This need for vigilance isn’t just a message to Democratic voters, but also Republican and American citizen voters. These groups demand they get what they actually voted for, and not false promises. Without these certainties will only hasten the showdown.