By Dr. T
There are people all over the world who have been utterly devastated and shocked by the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election. People in the United States are still walking around in stunned disbelief and, even, denial. I dare say even the President-elect and his team falls into that category because even they did not think they were going to win the election until it was thrust upon them. Political scientists, Constitutional Law professors, pundits, critics and commentators alike have been un-packing the messages and meaning of just what happened in America on November 8th and what do we do now? We have entered into a new reality without context. This is an historic moment when the most unpopular candidate for President of the United States will be taking the oath of office on January 20, 2017, by actually losing the popular vote by OVER 2.5 million votes and still counting. WOW! It’s the MATRIX of an un-real REALITY.
Most people believe we live in a democracy, we Do NOT. Many people believe one person one vote has equivalent value, it Does NOT. When the Electoral College, an outdated system that was designed to weight the votes of slave-holding states and rural less populated regions more heavily than merely the existing vote count in those states, THAT puts democracy at a high risk of failure in contemporary America. The country has outgrown the model that the Electoral College was based upon when after the Emancipation, Virginia’s newly freed African Americans for example, who were unable to participate in the political process, by a large percentage outnumbered whites. Americans have all been dragged into the matrix of a Reality that feels UN-Real. Like choosing between taking the “blue pill” or the “red pill.” “You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” –Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix. Well folks, it looks like we’re going down that rabbit hole!
The truth is many of us were NOT surprised by the outcome of the election where Americans have elected the most fundamentally UN-qualified and most personally conflicted and entangled person, given his private financial empire with undisclosed partnerships and dealings using foreign business entities and, perhaps, even foreign governments to become the next POTUS. Many of us were well aware of the true “nature” of America and Americans as we have been engaged in the struggle for social justice and criminal justice reform, equal pay for equal work; we have been working to dis-mantle systemic and institutional racism for decades. The promise of America is the pursuit of Life, Liberty and Justice for ALL. The election of yet another wealthy white male to the highest office in the land when his female opponent was clearly the more qualified candidate regardless of what partisan position you may hold, the facts of resume and qualifications are undeniable. The newly selected cabinet choices by our President-elect, the Twitter Wars and the diplomatic mis-steps with leadership in Taiwan, Russia, Pakistan and the Philippines says it ALL folks!
The campaign was unprecedented in its use of social media and a reality-TV model that used “fake news” as its platform, salacious video tape where the President-elect, in his own words, admitted to sexual predatory behaviors, bragged of sexual assault and deviant conduct and then claimed it was ALL just “locker room talk!” The Celebrity Apprentice: The Presidency is the next Reality-TV show we will ALL be watching. The casting call that is currently on display between Trump Tower and the lavish multi-million dollar exclusive golf clubs he owns from Bedminster, NJ to Miami, Florida is all about media optics and the gamesmanship of “Who’s the BOSS!” If anyone thinks that everything will change once Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office, you swallowed the WRONG pill!