December 12, 2016—almost five full weeks after the election and Donald Trump is sitting
pretty ugly with 46% of the popular vote, a full 2.08% less than his opponent…who lost. At this rate Jill Stein will catch him by Inauguration Day.
That’s not the worst of it, according to PEW research:
•41% of those interviewed approve of the Trump transition and his explanation of policies and plans. (Barack Obama’s rating—72%; George W. Bush, 50)
•40% approve of his cabinet appointments. (Obama 71%, Bush 58)
•37% feel he is qualified to be president.
•65% claim he is reckless.
•62% question his judgment.
•68% admit he is hard to like.
Most of these numbers have changed little since the election, but at least one of his marks has improved: In October only 25% of Americans felt that Trump would be a good or great president. That number swelled to the current 35%. Tweet that, TOTUS! (It should be pointed out that 38% chose poor/terrible when given the same parameters—a number that was appreciably higher before November 8. Have we become inured to him or have we just given up?)
But the question should still be raised: who the **** voted for this guy?
And another question—why did people who knew better—so many millions of eleigible voters—stay home on Election Day and abdicate their responsibility so that the white supremacists, anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, Klansmen, homophobes, Islamaphobes, misogynists, and bigots could choose our president and set the course for what used to be our country? How do they justify that to their children, or even to themselves?
I’ll admit, I’m a little wary of this whole forgiveness idea. I like the concept, but I don’t really see much of it outside of the Lord’s Prayer. However I do believe in reclamation—that a person who makes a mistake, though he can never erase it, can turn things around and reclaim his life. If I learned nothing else from teaching Hawthorne forever, I learned that. So here’s my offer to Trump supporters: you’re stuck with that scarlet…um…T, but while you’re wearing it you can reclaim your principles, your moral standing, your self-respect. This is not about convincing me or some other blogging malcontent, just yourself.
Americans shaken by the November election are beginning to recover, and even if the dream of impeachment is premature, we shouldn’t take it off the table. Same with recounts, foreign collusion, tax evasion, and treason. Even when everything seems to be coming at us at once, we shouldn’t summarily abandon health care, the environment, women’s rights, or the minimum wage. Are you really in the mood to compromise? I’m not. Preventing minority-Donald from being inaugurated will be difficult—six weeks isn’t much time. But a realistic goal—no Trump State of the Union address in 2018—is well within the realm of possibility. And if we then wind up with Mike Pence, how effective will he be once he comprehends the power of a democracy.
We don’t need sunshine patriots now, we need people to act and write and speak on the cloudiest days. And if you don’t know where to begin, start with this:
Who the **** voted for this guy?
Just be sure to replace the asterisks with the expletive of your choice, depending, of course, on your own principles, moral standing, and self-respect.