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Take Back The U.S.A.


A snippet of observation from the safety of my armchair sociologist’s lair. It is not news that in the last US election Hillary Clinton garnered 48.2% of the popular vote to Donald Trump’s 46.1%. A not insignificant difference of 2.1%. However the Electoral College system gave the election to Trump based on the distribution of votes. That’s the way it works, frustrating as it may be.

… those in the majority appear to be taking a weather approach; as in, everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything.

But Electoral College aside for a moment, the fact that more people voted against Trump, in a two candidate race – more people voted against Bill Clinton than for him 1992, but Ross Perot split the Republican votes – cannot be swept under the carpet. However those in the majority appear to be taking a weather approach; as in, everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything.

Immediately following the election and inauguration there was a flurry of activity in the form of marches, protests, and demonstrations.  What happened? I’m not seeing on CNN wall to wall coverage of peaceful expressions of dissatisfaction not with the system, but with Trump. Evidently the 65,844,610 electors who voted for Hillary Clinton have opted to leave their plight in the hands of Robert Mueller and his investigation at best or with billionaire Tom Steyer and his www.needtoimpeach.com movement at worst. While I believe Steyer hits the nail on the head with his ads, I cannot quite see his venture being successful.

Trump once said: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters”. At first that sounded totally absurd, but conceivably he may be onto something. Did he understand before others that his base, his peeps, were with him through thick and thin?  No matter what he says or does, for all the outcries and editorials, he just coasts right along. Everyday he tweets or comments something that tests the strength of his people; most recently calling Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas at, of all place, an event honouring Native veterans.

I think the 48.2% need to start a Take Back the Country, movement, the one that has been wrested away from you,  before it is too late.

Watching all of this play out from north of the 49th parallel makes me wonder if the majority, those who cast ballots not for Donald Trump, comprehend the damage this man is doing to your country as seen from the outside. Trump claims he is working to make America great again, as a neighbour I would suggest the country has never not been great, but is now in serious peril of becoming a laughingstock.

There is a movement to expose and end violence against women called Take Back The Night, make it safe for women to walk at night again. I think the 48.2% need to start a Take Back the Country, movement, the one that has been wrested away from you,  before it is too late.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

5 thoughts on “Take Back The U.S.A.

  1. The Electoral College isn’t an amendment that can be canceled. It’s fundamental to the definition of the United States which is NOT a democracy, but a Constitutional Republic. We don’t elect presidents directly — that is left to the electoral college and that is WHY we are not a direct democracy. So it’s not something we can easily fix. It would require a full constitutional convention and every state would have to vote on it — after passage by the convention. I do not believe — since the Civil War — that we have changed a fundamental piece of the Constitution.

    An awful lot of Americans don’t seem to understand this either, but this is one of those things that isn’t going to change because we protest. It would require BOTH parties to agree it needs changing — and since this has benefited both parties at one time or another, I’m not seeing that happening, not in my lifetime.

      • Numb. Maybe, emotionally, but not mentally. One of the really tragic things we — ME too — have learned is that this isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. A lot of us are not so young and I don’t know about the rest of my fellow senior citz, but I need a break. Sometimes, just watching the news I get so mad I can hardly breathe. I write, I argue, but I also know that I would like to stay alive to see another prez and I won’t do that unless I take the time to not be angry all the time. It’s easy to be angry all the time, but for those of us with repaired heart valves, not necessarily the most healthy choice. I can’t let the asshole kill me.

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