HISTORY! Now it is up to us…
Of course, I’m referring to the 2016 Presidential election! Interestingly, this election has perplexed just about every election campaign “expert” as well as some squeamish polling methods and strategies. As for me, I say in a very nonprofessional and unqualified way, candidates should be listening to the people — that is the American people en mass at large.
Considering the elections I have been a part of and more interesting the candidates I have supported and subsequently voted for — someone please comment or respond on how important is it to be keeping the minutia of particular information on demographic (age, college) breakdowns, on women, minorities, younger, middle-aged and seasoned senior citizen voting?
In case you are wondering about these category breakdowns most, if not all of them were reversed during this election! However just between you and I, I do believe that some polling data should be kept on demographic categories, albeit, not nearly as much as what is happening now. And the only reason I bring this up is that when a category is established and therefore a potential candidate says, their mine, it does seem as though an entire election could be lost with people focusing in on the various groups.
So now the transfer of power begins for President-elect Donald Trump. Notwithstanding anything else to be faced in the experience of being the Commander-in-Chief, it seems to me that this process of transition would definitely be the most difficult. Think of it this way — nuclear codes for the “football” or briefcase to launch a nuclear strike or war. How easy is it for you to trust and enamor 15 or so of your most loyal friends or family members to fill your cabinet?
Not to mention peoples personalities. Take for example Al Gore, the then Vice President of the US, Hillary Clinton the spouse of the President and of course, William Clinton the President. I can vividly remember the pain and hurt that Al Gore Jr. went through when Hillary Clinton began without permission to set up her office in the Vice President’s office in the West Wing of the White House.
Should I even go on? Yes. Hillary Clinton made life unbearable for those other 200 plus workers in the White House insofar as William (who really wears the pants, Bill?) Clinton supported the wife or first lady over his own Vice President! Al Gore came up with some substantial threats and clearly Mrs. Clinton began removing her things with a new office in the Executive Office Bldg, directly across the street from the White House.
It is during this transition phase where President-elect Trump will need our support, patience, and tolerance more than perhaps at any other time in his presidency. Let’s all make it our part to run our country starting with our new president.