Moving Forward

To The Victor Go The Spoils

The Democrats have won the popular vote in seven of the last eight elections. Why should it be up to the left to compromise?

Carl J. Petersen
Political Sense
Published in
7 min readNov 13, 2020

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A crowd celebrates Biden’s win in Los Angeles

I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly

- President-Elect Biden on Trump’s refusal to admit defeat

Joe Biden won the popular vote with a margin of over five million votes. With this victory, the Democrats have earned more votes in seven of the past eight presidential elections. The Shrub’s reelection in 2004 was the lone exception.

With a winning percentage of 87.5%, it is clear that the Democrat’s ideals are preferred by a majority of the electorate. Yet, the government under Trump moved to the far-right and now borders on authoritarianism. The 45th president ruled without accepting input from the Democratic majority in the House. When the legislative branch would not give in to his demands Trump flagrantly broke the law by illegally diverting “$2.5 billion from military construction projects to build sections of the U.S. border wall with Mexico” and extending unemployment benefits without authorization. The person who ran on the promise of understanding the “art of the deal” could not broker compromises to solve major problems facing the American people.

A sign spotted at the Los Angeles celebration

As the victor in this election, Biden needs to lead according to the mandate he has been given. As Obama’s Vice President, he saw what happens when a hand is reached out to the modern GOP. Compromises were made in drafting both the stimulus package and Obamacare only to have the opposing party continue to block them in their failed effort to make Obama a one-term president. The Republicans have made it clear that “compromise” is a dirty word; there is no reason to believe that they do not mean what they say.

And just whom would Biden compromise with? At this point, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, has not even acknowledged the will of the American people and recognized the winner of the…

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Carl J. Petersen
Political Sense

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com