Michael Moore had a morning after list that was a good attempt at trying to fix things, but it won’t. His plan is not about unity, it’s still about chasing the “progressive” agenda more forcefully. That’s not going to help us at this point.
I’m going to give you my version of the morning after list. But first we need to understand what really happened during this election. Let’s look at some numbers:
Total Population: 324,890,000
Number of votes for Trump: 59,611,678 (as of 11/9/16 7pm CST)
Number of votes for Clinton: 59,814,018
Total votes cast: 119,425,696
Lets assume for the sake of argument that some 400,000 people can’t vote for whatever reason. That means our total voting population is 324,490,000.
UPDATE 11/10/16: I neglected to subtract children from the original number. Census data shows children 17 and under numbering 73.7 million. That means the VOTING population is 250,790,000. Adjustments have been made below.
Total percentage of voters who voted:
Number of unimpressed or unmotivated voters:
Total percentage of the population that Trump or Hillary can claim supported them (each):
Conclusion 1: Hillary did not win the popular vote as it’s being defined by Mr. Moore.
At most, I give her
10% 15% that agreed with her about something (one through all issues), and 8% 9% that voted against Trump. Now in the election sense, popular vote means the largest number of individual ballots for a given candidate, which she has. And in fact, Obama did not have the popular vote in 2012, so by that rule Romney would have been president. Be consistent when applying your reasoning here of the value of the popular vote.
The way Moore wants to use it is to suggest, in his words:
“The MAJORITY of our fellow Americans preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Period. Fact. If you woke up this morning thinking you live in an effed-up country, you don’t. The majority of your fellow Americans wanted Hillary, not Trump.”
No, that is extremely misleading. The majority of the country wanted nothing to do with either one of them.
He went on to say:
“The only reason he’s president is because of an arcane, insane 18th-century idea called the Electoral College.”
Again, that’s false. There are multiple reasons why Trump won, one of which is because of the Electoral College. The idea is not insane, and age does not automatically make something wrong. In addition, without that 18th-century organization, Romney wins in 2012. I hardly believe Moore wanted that result.
The reason that two-thirds of the voting public did not feel inclined to vote is because they are smart enough to see that choosing between two people picked by private clubs to run the most powerful nation in the world is ludicrous. Had this been an actual democratic republic, we would have had far more choices, and ended up with the cream of the crop at the top.
And for those of you who are hurt about Hillary, I’m sorry. But the truth is she was a poor Democratic candidate as far as history goes. She lost ground that was handed to her by Obama. That’s not the best the Democrats could offer, and we all know it.
Conclusion 2: Trump was only elected by
18% 24% of the population.
Same as Hillary: I give him
10% 15% true support (one through all issues), and 8% 9% that voted against Hillary. He has nothing to claim here either. There is no mandate, just a divided country still.
Conclusion 3: The country is not “filled with” hate, bigotry, racism, sexism, etc.
Even if all
18% 24% of the country was precisely as the left imagines them, then what? And it’s a fact that it’s not all 18%. 24% So the country is not filled with anything of the sort. Saying so amounts to fear-mongering at this point.
What it does have is moral trouble. To the point that some of you rolled your eyes seeing the word “moral”. Law doesn’t make me want to follow the law, morality does. This is why criminals do not obey the law. There is no reason to. Agreeing to obey is a choice, not a given.
However, all of the things associated with the left’s fear of Trump are still issues. We can solve them if we wish. People are too busy name-calling and arguing to do so. We are always one collective choice away from doing anything we long to do.
As long as the politicians use divide and conquer tactics to keep us apart nothing will get done.
Conclusion 4: Revolutions in policy come about because of a very small but very vocal group.
We already knew the statistics on what it takes to change policy. It really does only take 10% of a group to make a change. That also means it only takes another 10% to change that change. And round and round we go.
10% of 324,490,000 total people is 32,449,000. That’s a lot.
But 10% of Austin’s 931,830 thousand people is only 93,830. That’s more within reach.
If you want a revolution, start small. Let 10% of your neighborhood become 10% of your town, which can become 10% of your state.
Conclusion 5: Too few people are deciding things for everybody.
If you ignore every other figure in this post, look at this one:
18% 24% of the population just elected .00017% of the population (President + Congress) to make policy for all of us.
This is unacceptable.
In today’s world, we have more people in either Texas or California than we had at the beginning of this country. I think policy has a size limit. Here in Texas, I would hesitate to implement the same policies in Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio. They are markedly different cultures, with different needs. And yet we still think it’s wise to implement the same policies in California as we do in Texas? Nonsense.
We also have far smarter people in all of our home states than in office in DC. Good people tend to stay out of politics, and 2016 is a good example of why to stay out. It’s nasty. It’s corrupt. It’s a huge, constant fight, and we’re all weary of conflict. But if we really want “leaders” they need to be the best, not the muddiest.
Conclusion 6: The Constitution is the solution.
When you’re playing a board game and someone makes a questionable move, you consult the rules. The Constitution is this country’s rule book. If we read it without agenda glasses on, we’ll find that those boys were far smarter than we give them credit for. They have answered all of our questions already, if we’re willing to admit that 18th century dudes who actually had to fight the British physically to get their freedom know a thing or two about tyranny, freedom, and how both are maintained.
One of the things they designed was States. Just like we refer to other countries as States, this was the intent of the United States – the United Countries. each one of our States is supposed to be a laboratory of democracy. The Federal Government is supposed to ensure one thing: that the environment for those states to function is maintained through civil defense and contract enforcement. That’s it.
They understood that if people are able to govern, then it will be more effective at the state level than at the federal level. This would allow California to be as socialist as it wants to be (and broke), while Texas stays as free as it wants to be (as it grows like crazy). The nature of the results of the experiments of the States would prove out what works and what doesn’t.
The other thing about the Constitution is that it outlines that we, the people, are in charge. Those that want a bigger government have not read the rules. The smaller the government, the better this country runs. The larger the government, the more it falls apart.
Let me put it simply: as government has grown, has it made us more or less angry? Has it made us more or less neighborly? Is this country more unified than it was in 1955? Big government is not the answer. It just disguises itself as low-hanging fruit.
My Morning After List – For Unity
1. Let’s educate ourselves about communication.
I’ve seen what passes for “communication” in the public square. It is no such thing. The ability to converse is different from the ability to scream and throw a tantrum about someone who disagrees with your (in all honesty) poorly-thought-out and emotionally-overacted position.
Communication can be simplified to four points:
- Is the thought in my brain a valid thought?
- Can I actually articulate with words what my bran is thinking?
- Did those words actually make it physically to the ears of the other person?
- Were those words processed in such a way that the thought I originally had in my brain is the exact same thought in the other persons brain?
One of the best sentences in this life is, “What did you hear me say?” It’s the sign of a person who is wanting to make sure that nothing is left to chance in communication.
We all need to learn how to communicate with each other. This is a major way that you prove you love people, is taking the time to learn how to hear them, and how to speak their language.
2. Once we learn to communicate, let’s have a discussion about morality.
Morality is the reason a person obeys a law. Morality will also determine when a law is unjust, resulting in the disobedience of bad laws. Morality, therefore, is higher than law. Philosophers have been going round and round about morality for eons. But we don’t need to figure out how it works. We need to figure out what works.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.”
-President John Adams to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 1798
If you have no reason to be kind, patient, selfless, forgiving, and loving, then living in a Republic is not for you. You need to live in a dictatorship that tells you how to live and what to think – a society that keeps you from hurting you in spite of you.
But if you can think clearly about right and wrong and make decisions based on those original thoughts, then by all means, live in a free Republic if at all possible. It’s an amazing experience to be free.
3. Empathy needs to be taught and revered.
Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s position and image the world from their point of view. This is a lost art, and the effect is quite observable in the world. The main measuring stick of a lack of empathy is an increase in anger due to one feeling like one is surrounded by idiots.
There is a false empathy to avoid as well. When you see starving people on TV and all you do is raise money and hand it to an organization that squanders it, you’ve made yourself feel good, but have not done an actual thing for the person in need. Real empathy says, “If I was that person, I would want me to make darn sure this money got to them and helped them.”
Without empathy, maximum misunderstanding is guaranteed.
3. Let’s educate ourselves about the tricks of persuasion and sales.
Snake oil is still around, it’s just in newer bottles. If you have no idea how media is used to program your brain all day every day, then you are at the mercy of the marketer, the politician, the televangelist, and the retailers. For sanity’s sake, you MUST learn the skill of identifying when you’re being manipulated by another person. And what to do about it.
In this past election cycle, if you never pointed out the propaganda of your particular candidate, you’ve got a problem.
If you ignored Wikileaks – with a record of never releasing false information – you’ve got a much larger problem.
4. Let’s be honest about ourselves
Some of us have become extremely weak, expecting the world to provide safe spaces and income simply because life is difficult. Others are purposely pretending to be weak in order to manipulate the entire system in their favor. Still others have no clue who they are, or why they’re here. And still others are confident, inventive, and helpful, but often penalized for being so.
If you don’t know who you are and why you’re here, you must start there. Otherwise, you’ll be boxing at the wind all your life, occasionally punching the ones you love when they get too close to your flailing self.
If you’re being dishonest about who you are, people will eventually figure it out. Then years of your work will be taken away from you in a moment, and you will lose everything and everyone.
Self-honesty is the foundation of existence. If you think that science is a great way to learn about the world, then apply that to yourself and your decisions. If you’re afraid of being wrong, then be honest about that and get help, because being wrong is a normal daily activity for the majority of human beings. And it’s learning from our mistakes that makes us great. Doubling down on mistakes leads to a very bad life.
5. Get involved in your local political sphere, if possible.
Start with the city. At the very least, learn the names of those in the game. Learn about the offices in your city, and what they manage. Find out the demeanor and/or voting record of those holding office. Find out how long they have held the position. You’re not in control of your life is someone else is pulling strings you have no idea about.
Next, do the same thing at the county level. Some of the counties out there are notorious for being controlled by a small group of people who are the epitome of what’s wrong with this country. You might not be able to do anything about that. But if you have a good county, you’ll be able to learn all sorts of things you didn’t know about why things are the way they are.
Once you’ve done that, move up to state. It starts to get complicated, but it’s worth knowing about. You will find that while politicians at this level have college degrees, many of them act like they’re still in Junior High. Hopefully that will drive you to get involved.
Conclusion – Finally
If we wish to actually #unite, it will take some very hard work. There’s no way around it. I’m willing. I’m processing ideas on how to move forward, to be a first-step taker. It’s going to be messy. I might even fail.
But I’m willing.