2012 - Post Election Thoughts
Now that it looks like there won't be any last-minute Republican dirty tricks to steal the national victories, I'm starting to realize one of the best things about an Obama victory: schadenfreude
If the rantings on Twitter by psychopaths like Donald Trump and Victoria Jackson are any indication, we can expect quite a few good laughs in the days to come. Personally, I can't wait for the forthcoming letter to the editor by a certain individual bemoaning the end of days.
I do have some legitimate, non-snarky thoughts about our election system:
I'm happy most of the good guys won, but it's still extremely disappointing that the election was so close, especially when considering that the race was between a man who helped spearhead successful efforts to keep our economy from crashing (despite record-breaking opposition from his political enemies) as well as marginal health care reform and a man who spent his career doing the things that helped almost destroy the economy in the first place, like raiding companies and outsourcing jobs (not to mention paying almost nothing in taxes).
Unless I hear a better argument, I blame the Electoral College system for such close numbers. When every election focuses just on a handful of states, the rest of us are pretty much ignored by the major parties (not including primary season). Who can be motivated to vote when the results are already a foregone conclusion?
But if everything depended upon the popular vote, then the candidates and parties would be forced to contend with ALL of us.
The only reason Romney did this well is because of focused advertising in the swing states and voter apathy everywhere else.
Those of us who aren't hedge fund managers, those of us who worry about how to pay for our health care, those of us who care about whether the least of us are properly fed, clothed and sheltered... we outnumber the oligarchs like Romney and his ilk.
Apples are good,
Oranges are bad,
Lemons are rude,
Bananas are perverted,
And kumquats are just, plain evil...