This wasn’t really something I wanted to do, but the more people I see posting about the results of the 2020 Election, the more I feel like I need to be the voice of reason and explain some things that may have passed some people by.
First, I am a Trump voter and supporter, I voted for him in 2016 and again in 2020. In fact, I voted a full Republican ticket and will continue to do so in the future. While I’m not thrilled with the results of the Presidential election, I will offer my congratulations to Joe Biden on his win, out of respect for the office of the Presidency.
I am, however, thrilled with my home state of West Virginia which is growing more red by the day. We now have a Republican Governor with Republican majorities in the House and Senate. This pleases me. I am very proud of my state.
Now, to address those who are going overboard following the results.
I’ll begin with my fellow Republicans who think the sky is falling. It’s not. While the far left of the Democrat party has gone full-on socialist/communist, that’s not where Joe Biden has spent his near 50 years in politics. There’s a reason people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wanted Bernie Sanders in the White House as opposed to Joe Biden.
Biden’s not a socialist. His views haven’t changed. He may pretend that he’s “woke” or whatever in order to pander to the far left, but that’s not where he stands. He’s not going to walk into the White House on Inauguration Day and sign an executive order outlawing capitalism and installing communism. It just doesn’t work like that.
Yes, I expect much of the same that we had under Obama, higher taxes, higher gas prices, stagnant economy, etc. Democrats are clear about the fact that they don’t care about the stock market, and it shows in their economic plans and results. This is just something we’re going to have to live with for the next four years. But it’s not the end of the world.
This same thing applies to my liberal friends/readers. If you’re expecting a socialist utopia to pop up in January, I would recommend you don’t hold your breath. It’s not coming. Basically, the next two years, at minimum, will be gridlock. The GOP will remain in the majority in the US Senate and not much of anything is going to happen.
Naturally, Biden will never see the end of his term, as he will eventually be deemed unfit for office and this will allow Kamala Harris to take over. This will be a very smooth move by the Democrat party, because there is no way she would have, or ever will, will an election for the office. She couldn’t get through one Democrat primary in 2020 before dropping out. Elizabeth Warren would have a far better chance of winning the Presidency.
Yes, I think there was some chicanery in this election, but I’m not going to spend the next four years posting #NotMyPresident or calling for a special counsel to investigate Chinese meddling or watching for articles of impeachment. I don’t care that much.
I’ll never hate anyone for casting their ballots the way they see fit. However, I do take issue with people who hate on others, to the point of bullying or harassing them over their voting decisions. I also find a post that was floating around the past few week to be particularly disgusting, which I’ll share now and then I’ll explain my thoughts on it:
People who post something like this clearly do not understand that it would not behoove me to vote against my interests. I need to vote for myself, not for someone else and not for someone else’s values or ideas. That completely goes against the whole concept of a free and open society, and anyone who believes this or posts is should be ashamed of themselves.
At this point, I’m finished with politics and ready to begin focusing 100% on baseball again. My enjoyment of politics ended a long time ago. I can remember a day when I could spend hours discussing anything of a political nature with friends who had different viewpoints and while we likely agreed to disagree, it was never mean-spirited or hateful.
That’s all changed. In the past 15 years or so the Democrat party has been overrun with the most hateful, vile, anger-spewing pieces of human filth that I’ve ever seen. So I get no enjoyment out of discussing anything of a political nature. Or even looking at those people. That you can hate so strongly over a political viewpoint shows me a legitimate mental condition.
So, I’m done. I’ll check back in come 2024, when Donald Trump is forgotten and the GOP has a new candidate for the left to hate with the fire of a thousand suns, be it Ted Cruz or Florida Governor Ron DeSantis or South Carolina senator Tim Scott, I can’t wait to see the left completely lose their mind with hatred over a political candidate. Again.
Thank you for acknowledging Biden as the president-elect.
I am a young person who leans left and there are a few things I would like to address in your post:
1. The hashtag #NotMyPresident was knee jerk reaction to the fact that Clinton won the popular vote while Trump won the presidency. It continued use as Trump continued to show he didn’t view himself as president of all US Citizens. Trump was a legitimate president according to the electoral college. I would say it is more a criticism of the electoral college than Trump. While I appreciate that you accept the outcome of the election, it’s not the same. Democrats have to win a much higher bar to win the presidency. Republicans have more influence per capita on the outcome of an election than Democrats.
2. The investigations into Trump was proper oversight of the executive branch. Trump is the first president to not release his tax returns and the Trump Administration had several top aides charged with federal crimes. The Ukraine scandal, was Trump asking another foreign government to influence a US election, which is illegal. The charges that came up over these last four years are not solely political and won’t go away once he is out of office.
3. I don’t vote for myself. I vote for the society I want to live in an how I want people to be treated by government. Each of the groups listed in that post have experienced the degrading of their right under this administration.
While I am deeply opposed to the Trump presidency and the methods and goals of the Republican Party, I know we won’t create a more just society without addressing the ideological roots and fears Trump made plain still have a home in the Republican party. I know I probably won’t be able to change your mind, if you don’t want to change your mind, you won’t. Likewise, you won’t be able to convince me that I should vote Republican. All I can do is ask you “do you want to be part of the problem or the solution?” and second, “what do you think the problem is?”
Not sure I follow your “do you want to be part of the problem or the solution” question, if the “problem” is low taxes, a mostly peaceful world and a solid economy with a COVID vaccine nearly ready, I’ll take that as being a “solution,” because the problem is government overreach on a national level and people who take politics WAY too seriously on a more local level.
Maybe you should consider voting for yourself and your beliefs because no one else is going to do it for you. I’m a white, employed, straight, native-born male. The democrat party isn’t interested in me and can do nothing for me. That’s one reason I vote Republican. The other reason is because I believe in the platform.
Thank you for your response, I appreciate someone who can articulate their thoughts and present them rationally, rather than name calling and being vulgar. That doesn’t get anyone anywhere.
My point is that, often people with vastly different perceptions of the world see “the problem” as various different things and we talk past each other without realizing it.
On the point of civil discourse, when you are talking with a liberal, they/we view certain behaviors or beliefs to be unacceptable as they dehumanize other people or us. Civil discourse is a courtesy, not a requirement. While you might feel that you are having a civil conversation the beliefs I can only assume you are sharing, that would lead to you receiving a curse word, make the conversation an insult on the person you are communicating with. And frankly, you don’t like getting vulgar messages and neither do liberals, we just consider different things vulgar. I understand why just wearing a MAGA hat would lead to someone else giving you the middle finger. Trump has become a symbol of hate and having a direct conversation about politics these days came make minorities fearful of their safety. If you want to have civil discourse in society, you have to be mindful of how other people feel about a topic and pick the best approach to understand the person and help them understand you in an as respectful way as possible.
If this sounds like suppression of free speech, let me stop you right there.
Freedom of speech simply says the government can’t punish you for saying something. I hope you wouldn’t use the same logic at work. If I said, “f off” to a boss, I would probably be fired. There are coincidences to the way I communicate that have nothing to do with free speech.
Joe Biden is getting weary of the F JoeBiden chants. It’s like setting a snare then getting caught up in it yourself. Conservatives appear to be changing tactics. Good bye civil discourse and lots of other courtesies I fear.