This sort of looks like 2008 in reverse. Remember that was the year everyone got really upset with the sitting president and decided to elect an inexperienced half-term Senator to the presidency because we wanted to prove we weren’t racists.
Well, except for those of us who know we’re not racists and preferred someone else.
Now we’ve got a political neophyte headed to the White House. The Senate is narrowly in Republican hands and the House is strongly in Republican hands. Almost exactly the opposite was true in 2008.
In 2009, Barack Obama told half the American populace to sit down and shut up because “elections have consequences”. He then jammed huge spending bills (and commensurate debt) down our throats and saddled us with a medical insurance system that will see all of us more broke and more unhealthy. Every time we protested, his followers insisted that those of us who don’t want to become Europe are old-fashioned and dying part of the country so we should be silent and just let them push our faces in the mud a little deeper. Socialism was the new future. “Shut up and take what’s good for you. We know better than you.”
So now the electoral map looks a lot the same only red is the dominate color rather than blue. And what will President Donald Trump say? Sit down and shut up, elections have consequences? Let’s get together and make America great again?
I don’t know. Not a fan of Trump. But I did notice that he was very gracious in accepting Hillary’s concession. He said “we owe her a debt of gratitude for her service to our country.” I disagree with him on that as I disagree with him on so much, but let me suggest that Hillary (she of the “basket of deplorables”) would not have been so gracious.
I hope the Republicans take the next several weeks leading up to the inauguration to take some deep breaths and consider if they want 2017 to look like 2009 politically. Maybe they want to present a better vision for the United States, one in which the winning party is willing to listen to the losing party. I’m not saying they should allow the Democrats to keep their signature tyrannies or continue growing liberal policies, but that it might be a good idea to listen to them, to ask their opinion on how to implement the needed changes.
We do need to make big changes — reduce/eliminate regulations, reduce spending, address the debt, make the military and the entitlement state much smaller — but that doesn’t mean that those who are opposed to such needed changes shouldn’t have a voice in how those changes are instituted.
Yes, elections have consequences, but it shouldn’t mean the enslavement of half the population to the dictates of those who won the election.