Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Protest Votes Are Dangerous

I realize I haven't posted since before the election.  That's because the election left me speechless. What a travesty.  I understand, and even agree that big changes need to be made in Washington. I even understand the rationale behind a "protest vote" to get the attention of the elected officials.  But, this particular protest vote?  If you are serious about your protest, you ought to make sure that the person you are voting for is someone who will not bring down the entire government.  If that was the actual goal of your vote, shame on you.

People were so focused on the Presidential election, they forgot that the people who are doing the most harm are the people in the House and Senate. They are the ones who should have been voted out of office if we were so determined to make positive change.  Trump would have been irrelevant if one or the other (or both) Houses had been flipped. It is never a good idea when both houses and the White House are held by the same party - either party.  When that happens, there are no checks and balances.

When I turn on the TV every morning, I listen to the latest inane tweets that came from the President while he wandered the halls of the White House in his robe and jammies in the early hours of the morning.

It's just a distraction and it's all the media can talk about, when they ought to be watching not what he says, but what he does.  They still haven't figured that out. There is a lot of talk about Trump's ability to drive the news cycle. Well, he can only drive it if they let him, by going on and on about what he tweets.  They can report what he tweets and then move on to more important things that are being obscured.

The 2016 election just shows how dangerous protest votes can be.  On a much smaller scale, when Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas, he enraged everyone by raising the price of auto license tags. So, when the next election rolled around, and we were still mad, we decided to teach him a lesson.  We thought by voting for his opponent, Frank White, he would get the picture when he saw how many fewer votes he got, but we didn't think he'd actually lose the election.  Well, it backfired on us, and we had to endure Frank White as Governor, and everyone made fun of White and us until we could re-elect Bill Clinton.  So, who learned a lesson?  We did.

I hope the Trump voters will realize their protest has backfired on them.

Stay tuned.


savannah said...

I hope you're right, but remember these are the same people who think Sen. McCain wasn't a POW because he stayed in the "Hanoi Hilton." *jesus wept* xo

P.S. glad to see you back blogging!

Betty said...

Thank you. I don't know how long it will last, but it's good to be back.

Olga Hebert said...

Betty! Good to hear from you. You always tell it like it is!


I watch news in the morning ..dreading what that asshole has said or done the day before or in his tweets.