There’s been a meme going around on Facebook that I’m going to paraphrase. It says something like,
I don’t think everyone who voted for Donald Trumps is a narcissistic, misogynistic, xenophobic, racist who makes fun of people with disabilities. But I am troubled that nearly half the people who voted in the election believe it’s okay to have a narcissistic, misogynistic, xenophobic, racist President who likes to make fun of people with disabilities.
That is not okay with me.
Despite Trump winning the general election in November, his upcoming reign did not become official until yesterday when 538 electors cast their votes affirming him as the President Elect of the U.S.A. For those unfamiliar with our electoral college system, it was created by our founding fathers because of their lack of trust that the American people would vote for a person qualified to take office. It allows the electors, chosen by their political party, to vote someone else into power, regardless of who the general population voted for. Fortunately, with few exceptions, the electors cast their votes based on the general election outcome. Obviously, the electoral college is elitist and just plain ridiculous. I stand with a growing number of people who would like to amend The Constitution to eliminate the electoral college, but it’s likely to be a long way off.
For a more eloquent and detailed explanation of how this system works, check out an article on How Stuff Works. There’s also a good FAQ page on the National Archives and Records Administration website.
Now is my time to be a hypocrite. While I believe in getting rid of the electoral college, it does exist and yesterday our electors failed in their duty to protect our nation. They selected an individual who is grossly unqualified to lead our country. I fear for the United States of America. I fear for the world.