Now, here we are in 2017 and half the country ready to rebel at anything the winner won (who won a lot of states but lost the popular vote thanks to California giving the loser a big plurality). We have populations in one state angry at another state. There is political philosophy against political philosophy with no real idea how half the country even thinks since out of the voting age population of 229.1 million, only 129.1 million bothered to vote. Why did they stay home? Who did they favor? Did they even know there was an election?
With the aftermath so bitter-- and it is still very bitter if you read comments or have friends who are not all of one side of the partisan divide-- how can anyone govern? The left is trying to make Trump a failed president before he gets in office. They want to make him even more seen as a failed human being-- often using tidbits of what he said as ammunition with no idea what he really wants to do.
Well, a leader can govern, as Obama often had to do using executive orders, by fiat and that appears to be where we are heading. In the end though, how does that work for a country working for common goals? Can there even be any? Will this end up with revolution of one sort or another? some do believe that and it's interesting to see how they come up with our future.
Other than total panic, where does that lead? The where is where it gets interesting as there is a lot of disagreement on that. If you read only one of the links, make it be the one from Salon on Turchin's theories and how he got to his theory (and a book on it).
The irony is that right now the left is alternating between raging and chuckling over Trump voters, and how upset they will be when they realize what he is going to do. If that means chaos, it's fine with them. They want back the country they thought they had before November.
We heard the same thing from the right when Obama won and McConnell said he'd do all he could to make his a failed presidency. Obviously, it didn't matter what that cost the country. It doesn't now from the left either. They want their philosophies to succeed and who cares what happens to the people who are hurt by it.
There is some irony to listen to Senator Schumer say he'll block any Supreme Court nominee. In the summer, he said it was horrible for the Republicans to do the same thing to Obama's pick. The country needs a Supreme court... *cough cough* Apparently, not anymore.
This isn't really a rant as I don't feel angry about any of it. I am interested in what comes next and how we personally can deal with it in a positive way. I am one of those-- glass is half full, let's fill it back up, kind of persons. I am not into my way or the highway thinking although I don't like losing important civil rights due to a religious agenda of someone else. Anyway I'll be writing more about this and how it might play out. :)