In the days leading up to the election I avoided social media. I was really tired of hearing about Clinton and Trump. Even watching sporting events became an endless barrage of political commercials that had me turning off the television.
After cruising some online forums and reading Facebook rants, I offer some thoughts of my own on the aftermath of election 2016.
People protesting democracy?
On one forum someone asked, "Why people are protesting democracy?" I answered by asking my own questions. "Are people protesting democracy? Or are people protesting because of democracy?"
Then I offered this quote by Hubert Humphrey, 38th Vice President of the United States, Address to the National Student Council, 1965: "I wish to suggest that ample opportunity does exist for dissent, for protest, and for nonconformity. But I must also say that the right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."
Protests will lead to civil war?
Another comment I saw a few times is that the protests would lead to civil war. Protests seldom do much in the long run because real change takes work. Look around at all the Facebook memes, this is a world of quick and easy answers.
I hear a lot of people making noise today about how the system is broken. The same arguments were made after Bush v. Gore in 2000. Ask your average American who is upset today what they remember about Bush v. Gore in 2000.
How many people complaining have ever been to a town council meeting? Have asked for a meeting with their state representative to share their views? Have gone to a committee meeting of their local Democratic or Republic party to ask how they can make change happen?
If you think something is broken, you need to do more than complain about it. You need to find the answers to how can you fix it.
Giving the finger to the elite?