In wake of Donald Trump pulling his earth shaking electoral coup, and becoming the 45th President of the United States, a growing group of Americans have taken to the street, and voiced displeasure not only with the results of the election, but what this means for America moving forward.
These demonstrators are not only protesting the election of Donald Trump, they also are attempting to urge America to hold on to her ideals during this dark time.
Dark times indeed, there is few incidents in American history that have shook the union to the bone.
This is one of them.
The passion, and the fury of the demonstrators is almost historical, when is the last time this many citizens rejected a President Elect?
These are not isolated incidents, these demonstrations are growing as the days go by, the situation is becoming a movement.
— Daniel Painitz (@DPainitz) November 11, 2016
People were certainly upset when Obama was elected in 2008, be it because of his politics, his race, or the group of people that pushed him into the oval office.
Whatever the reason, 10,000 people didn’t march on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago the night Obama won the general election.
I personally believe that demonstrators have the right advocate, and anyone that believes they don’t needs to do a once over of the doctrine that governs this land.
These brave citizens are taking ownership for the country, and that is to be commended.
I am not a fan of the violence however, that goes beyond the scope of our indiviual rights as Americans.
Those destroying public property are hooligans, not advocates.
My biggest issue is, where were some of these people on Tuesday?
Lets do the math.
I don’t have a total head count in terms of citizens that have demonstrated over the last 6 days, I see random numbers on the news tickers, but they vary, and some are difficult to believe.
Who is counting heads?
Only a detailed registration process could accurately appraise the different gatherings.
Vandalism and Destruction of City Property, vandalizing police vehicles and stopping traffic, These are not protestors they are criminals pic.twitter.com/bYwG3409m3
— Veterans For Trump (@Veteran4Trump) November 11, 2016
So everything right now is an estimate, and because I lack the resources to disprove the estimates, I am going to roll with them for now.
Perhaps a little higher than that, but it’s in the ball park.
Donald Trump won the general election via the electoral college, snagging 290 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 229.
But the popular vote is the true basis to judge what happened, at least from a historical point of view.
It’s the popular vote that adds context to these demonstrations.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton each engendered roughly 60 million votes, although Hillary is heading towards 62 million votes, and Donald is currently just under 60 million.
They have yet to declare the popular vote, but I am sure you get the picture.
For all intents and purposes, 120 million Americans voted in this election, either through absentee ballots or on November 8th.
That number is disturbing, in fact, I have lost sleep over it this week.
Why am I so horrified?
According to the Census Bureau, 324 million people live in the United States of America.
That’s a huge jump from 2010, when the last Census put the American population at 280 million.
The point being, if 324 million Americans live here, why in the world did only 120 million people vote?
WHATS UP WITH THAT?
1 in 3 Americans voted with the soul of the country on the line??
After all of the fear mongering, the unsolicited (and illegal) influence of the Russian hackers, with all that was at stake, many Americans balked at the chance to exercise a rudimentry birthright that is afforded to us all.
200 million Americans washed their hands of the situation, tucked tail, and headed for the hills.
It was a cowardly decision, myopic, selfish, and destructive.
Awful. Protestors hanging Trump effigies in New York tonight. If they were Trump supporters, imagine the outrage? pic.twitter.com/Y7yN1iyKqM
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 10, 2016
I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but Trump only got elected because an incredible amount of Americans chose not to vote.
So many people were beyond jaded with the election, and the drama, that they said “f%%k it”.
Which could prove to be a decision that changes the course of American history.
The right to vote, to make your voice heard, is the power to influence change.
I have seen quite a bit of people asking for change over the last year, I hear advocacy groups preaching that black lives matter, I read that Muslim and Mexican Americans must be treated with intolerance, not hate.
I consume catchy slogans, and interactive social media posts.
But all of this advocacy does not line up with these numbers.
Earlier, I estimated that 80,000 Americans have protested the election of Donald Trump, based on the popular vote, I estimate that 25,000 of these demonstrators did not actually vote.
Thousands of protestors now at Trump Tower pic.twitter.com/Ck9NmO9qMH
— Sebastian Murdock (@SebastianMurdoc) November 10, 2016
Roughly 25,000 people, that are marching in cities across this country, regarding a President they don’t approve of, didn’t even have the gumption to vote!
Where was all this energy on Tuesday?
The Democratic party certainly could have used it, Clinton got her butt kicked from pillar to post, and some of these soap boxers could have made a difference.
A large amount of the citizens currently demonstrating did in fact vote, but a scary amount of them didn’t, and that is almost offensive.
To show such little regard for governance on Tuesday, only to turn around on Friday, and burn Donald Trump in effigy seems disingenuous.
It’s much more difficult to be honest with yourself about your actions, what you could have personally done to offset the assault of the silent working class majority.
People not giving a sh/t who won led the country to this result, so don’t complain about it, because we had the opportunity to prevent it.
There is nothing you can do it about it now, this is a Democracy, not a romper room republic.
We don’t illegally depose elected officials with no current legal basis for doing so.
Trump’s politics are mortifying, but not accepting him as the President is pointless.
He is our President, and for the time being, we have to respect that.
We can demonstrate, we voice our disagreement, as long we do it peacefully.
How would the left have felt if the 80,000 demonstrators had taken to the streets in 2008, and made such demands?
“Not my President” painted on people’s faces and so forth?
Many on the left would have called it racist, lets be honest about that.
Hillary Clinton failed to energize her constituency, she can blame FBI Director James Comey, but in the end, she did not motivate her electorate to hit the polls on November 8th.
Hillary failed to reach the communities she so badly needed, her spotty track record didn’t help matters either.
Bernie Sanders would have made much more sense given the battle that was at hand.
Bernie appealed to the working class Americans that tipped the election in Trump’s favor, and he champions progressive views that this country needs.
Some of this anger should be hurled towards the Democractic National Committee.
It was the DNC that failed the liberal voter base if you consider the email evidence.
An ugly confluence of factors ushered in this new era of American politics, and 66% of America opting not to vote was one of them.
Lets be honest about the fact that we made our own bed, and while it’s super discouraging to be at the administrative whim of Donald Trump, that gives us no right to partipate in revisionist history.
This happened because we let it happen.