Tag Archives: 2016 Election

The Morning After

According to exit polls 61% who voted said that Trump was unqualified yet they voted for him. The KKK and other hate groups endorsed him for President yet they voted for him. He promised to ban an entire group from entering the country based on their religious beliefs yet they voted for him. They chanted USA during his acceptance speech and anyone who knows this country knows what the underlying meaning to that chant in that venue at that moment was meant to say.

America has spoken it has spoken loud and clear. We had 8 straight years of economic growth after an economic collapse at the end of Bush’s presidency. We had 8 years of progressive social growth from the affordable care act to gay marriage but it was accomplished under a man with a progressive agenda, it was achieved under a man of color so it was not deemed an achievement it was in fact deemed a failure an attack on true American values.

Then last night we sat in disbelief. How could this be happening? The polls all had it the other way. Then it dawned on us we were watching the Bradley effect at play. The Bradley effect is a theory concerning observed discrepancies between voter opinion polls and election outcomes in some United States government elections where a white candidate and a non-white candidate run against each other. The theory proposes that some voters who intend to vote for the white candidate would nonetheless tell pollsters that they are undecided or likely to vote for the non-white candidate. It was named after Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, an African-American who lost the 1982 California governor’s race despite being ahead in voter polls going into the elections. Hilary was not a non white candidate but she wasn’t promising to “make America great again” with rhetoric that shouted and by America great I mean let’s take “our” country back.

But nevertheless the country has spoken and Donald Trump is the President elect we must now move forward in a positive fashion and do everything we can, within the boundaries of the political process, to hold on to the progressive gains that we have made through the years and minimize the damage that is sure to come. We must double down on voter registration, we must mobilize in the communities with an eye toward the mid term elections, we must hold our Senators and congresspersons accountable to the highest levels. We may be disappointed by the outcome but we must abide by the voice of the people, peacefully transfer power to President Elect Trump and prepare for the next political battle.

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Threats of Violence – Is that what some think will make America great again?

Yes I am a democrat, yes I am voting for Clinton but I have always believed that no matter who you support or vote for the actual act of voting is the most important thing. I may disagree with you even vehemently but at the end of the day one of the things that makes America great is the fact we can disagree, vote and have the PEACEFUL transfer of power. It has been that way since our government was founded. But now that process is being threatened and it is time to call it like it is. Trump with his talk of a rigged election, with no evidence to support his claims, is nothing but a THUG! His talk of a rigged election is to do nothing more than to bring out this type of reaction in his more ardent supporters.

push comes to shove,” he added, and Mrs. Clinton “has to go by any means necessary, it will be done.”

Threats of Violence,
Threats of Voter intimidation
Threats directed at the opposing candidates

Is this what will make America great again?
I think not.
Let’s call the individuals who call for this type of action what they are, what FOX news would blast out to the world if they were democrats. THUGS!!!

Maybe it’s time to stop worrying about silent protests of athletes kneeling during the national anthem and worry about the real threat. The threat of blood being spilled at the hands of thugs who support Trump and their ringleader Trump himself who all but calls for it.

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Passing the Baton

The POTUS delivered tonight! Eight years ago I watched as the newly elected Barak Obama his wife Michelle and their two beautiful daughters walked into a Chicago park to celebrate his election. I admit as I watched tears streamed down my face. Why? Because never did I imagine in my life I would live to see an African American President. They look like me I thought and I was so very proud.

In his eight years as President Barak Obama has faced more push back then probably any other President in history. From day one there was no desire to work together, no desire to compromise. The mission was clear from the right, this man must fail. Was some of it political? Undoubtedly so. Was some of it racial? I think the rise of Donald Trump and his message of division answers that. Yet through it all the President remained dignified and pushed on with his agenda. His administration remained scandal free. Time will pass and history will tell his story. If I were to bet I would bet it will be a wonderful story indeed.

Tonight I couldn’t help but see that there was something symbolic in our nation’s first African American President passing the baton to what very well could be our first woman president. Come this November a generation of young women may get to look on as a President Elect Clinton takes the stage to celebrate her victory. She a woman just like me they may think and they will undoubtedly be very proud.

There is no disputing the fact that we’ve come a long way but it is evident that as a country we still have a ways to go in regards to race relations and gender equality. Yet if you watched President Obama and Secretary Clinton together on stage tonight in Philly it’s clear, we are on the right road indeed.