“History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.” – Thomas Jefferson
Today is Thursday, November the 5th and this country is still waiting for an answer to the question who will be the next President of the United States. Sadly, one question has been answered for me, one that I had hoped for a much different outcome, that almost fifty percent of Americans that voted support the most disastrous, and most dangerous president in our history.
There are roughly 240 million American citizens eligible to vote. To date Joe Biden has received 72,187,249 votes and Trump has received 68,691,756 for a total of 140,879,000 votes, roughly sixty percent of those eligible. I would assume sixty percent participation is a pretty good benchmark to hit for a Presidential election. I won’t do the research to confirm but I have heard that more votes were cast in this election than any other which, given what is at stake, is not surprising.
But that there is such a large number of Americans that could possibly want another four years of the current idiot-in-chief not only surprised, but disappointed me. I have operated under the assumption that most Americans were smart enough to see through Trumps bullshit. That his hardcore base could not be more than 35 to 40%, hopefully even less. But I was wrong and honestly, I am sad for this country that I was wrong. I am sad for my children that I was wrong.
I made it too easy to profile a typical Trump voter, white, middle to lower income, middle age to older, thinks they are a good Christian because they go to church each Sunday, maybe racist, or just a race isolationist because they don’t know or want to know any brown or black people, certainly a flag waving nationalist. But that is not all the 69,000,000 million Trump voters. It can’t be. It might be the majority, but it cannot be all of them.
So, what that tells me is my Banker, my Doctor, my Lawyer and my Accountant probably voted for Trump. My neighbors to the left of me and across the street probably voted for Trump. My brother in-law, and my sister in-law probably voted for Trump. These people, many that I pay money too and trust that they will look at out for my best interest, support and want four more years of the train wreck that is the Trump Administration. I simply don’t know how to react to that.
So right now we don’t know who the next President of the United States will be but here is what we do know, if it is Joe Biden he will have his work cut out for him to try and heal this country. He may be able to make some inroads, but it will be a tough up hill climb. I know he is the right man to attempt it. I know he wants to do it and maybe he will be somewhat successful. The other thing I know is if Trump gets four more years, he will do everything within his power to make the divide wider, deeper, and more contentious. As Trump has demonstrated he is a vindictive, egoistical madman and for those people, states and institutions that are against him he will show charity to none, and malice to all. Reconciliation and renewal are neither in his vocabulary or spirt and 69,000,000 Americans know that and still voted for him because they wanted more. God help us.