“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
And they vote.
The worst part of this election cycle has got to be the fact that it has robed the legitimacy of our election system as two of the most hated people in America ended up being the leading candidates (Yes, there was a bit of fraud involved, but it turns out that not many voters cared about that) . It doesn’t matter if more than half the country despises a person, they can still get elected to hold the highest office in the land. This in itself is horrendous. Because once elected, this person isn't president of the democrats or republicans, but the president of whole nation. But due to the polarizing nature of these candidates, they will be president of a divided country.
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
- Abraham Lincoln
Of course Lincoln was talking about slavery, but when half the country is forced to live under the dictates of government they did not approve of, that seems to be a bit of slavery in and of it self.
The premise of our republic system was to protect the rights of the minority believe it or not. As we move down the road of collectivism, the individual (the smallest minority) is going to matter less and less. as the old logical Spock would say "The needs of the many out way the needs of the few." Of course, Like Captain Kirk, I reject that notion. but maybe not for the same reasons. The needs of the one are just as import as every other individuals. We are already seeing this get pushed into obscurity with the infringements on freedom of speech, the right to keep and bare arms, the right to be secure in ones home and their papers and so on.
To those who voted for Johnson and Stein, I salute you. You had the moral courage to vote for candidates who would likely govern for the people, instead of an oligarch who is controlled by foreign powers and has a trail of scandals going back to Watergate or the embodiment of vanity who campaigned on fear, exclusion, doom, and hate.
In my imagined reality, people would never vote for their own destruction. Tonight we will find out if America will choose doom by pantsuit or spray tan.