Where Do We Go From Here?

SUMMARY

It's been a rough week for many of us. I have had a week to brood over the election loss and think things through. I have come to terms with certain things and for some things I haven't. 

In this segment I talk about my feelings regarding the election results, where I think things went wrong with the HRC campaign and where do we go from here. This is my last podcast of the year. Don't worry, I'll be back in January to cover our new President and the Texas Legislature. Oh, I also wanted to share some exciting news, wiseup won an award in the austin chronicle for best new voice for 2016, check it out here. Thanks to everyone for your support, we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for ya'll!!

Analysis

Man SO many thoughts, I just don't know where to begin. Much of this covered is in the above podcast but if you don't have a chance to listen to it, you can read them here:

I am stunned with the results from last week. I thought I would be celebrating our first female President. It just didn't happen. This loss signifies so many things but to me it makes me feel as a woman, no matter how hard I work, no matter how much experience I will have, it won't matter when I am compared to a man. I will not be considered an equal due to my gender or my religion.

I also have an insane amount of thoughts going on in my head, here is my rant (apologies for the length):

  • I sincerely hope President Elect Trump won't go through with much of his campaign rhetoric.
    • But, if he does, I have a glimmer of hope. I don't think HRC, Bernie Sanders or the Obamas would be watching on the sidelines. It is to them I will look to when/if these battles are potentially fought.
  • The media and the polls. God, you all got it so wrong.
    • You underestimated Trump and the people who supported him. Why? Because you didn't believe people could vote for him? Was the disconnect so great?
    • You also eviscerated HRC by covering her scandals more than her policies, shamefully helping shape the misinformed voters. You can read more about it here.
      • I also want to address the media people would share on social media. PLEASE google your source before you go posting it on Facebook!! There have been so many people posting from sites that are NOT LEGITIMATE SOURCES! 
      • if you criticize people for listening to fox news and brietbart but are also posting from occupy democrats or us uncut, you are guilty of the same thing. Those are liberal propaganda machines that don't properly report facts.
      • Wiseup highly suggests the following news sources: new york times, the wall street journal, vox, npr, dan rather's facebook page, the washington post, the new yorker and politifact when you want to know how truthful certain politicians are.
        • please check this site out for verifying your news sources.
  • Third party protest voters.
    • Did you feel privileged casting your vote because it essentially wouldn't affect you?
    • Did you actually believe in your third party candidates platform?
    • How does Bernie Sanders move on as Senator?
      • With HRC as President, she and Bernie could've accomplished a great many things, he would've been able to hold her to her words.
      • Now, Bernie has an incredibly difficult uphill battle to fight. This is why he campaigned so hard for HRC, he saw the big picture.
      • If you supported Bernie and voted third party you've disappointed him.
  • Obama.
    • Man, I really feel for him.
    • The racism he has dealt with throughout his Presidency has been abhorrent to say the least.
    • All he has worked for will probably be repealed.
    • Those third party voters/non-voters who loved Obama but didn't vote HRC, did you not think about Obama's legacy?
  • Hypocrisy. This was the theme for this election cycle.
    • Email scandals by HRC yet no one brought up the emails by Powell or 22 million deleted by Bush. I bet so many government officials are a bit dubious about their emails but none of them get the same treatment.
    • Benghazi scandal, sure she made some mistakes but so many other embassies have been attacked while a Republican was Secretary of State, where were all those investigations and inquiries? Ambassador Stevens family doesn't even blame HRC on these issues.
    • The comparison of the works of the Clinton Foundation and Trump Charity Groups is not even close.
    • Paid campaign speeches, goodness gracious so many politicians do it, where is the public outcry there? Ya think Obama/Trump won't be doing paid speeches post Presidency?
    • Wikileaks- damn dude if you wanted to really show transparency of politics in America where are all the campaign emails of Bernie Sanders, Trump or the other GOPs who ran for President? I can guarantee you those emails wouldn't have been pretty either.
      • Then there's Obama's supporters who couldn't bring themselves to vote for HRC b/c of her war hawk foreign policies yet seemed content to look the other way for Obama's hawkish foreign policies.
      • Some people wanted HRC to show transparency but didn't clamor for Trump's tax returns.
      • HRC couldn't yell her passionate political speeches without facing scrutiny but hey we all loved it when all the males in this Presidential race could yell as loud as they wanted!! I mean I could go on and on, but you get the point.
  • Non-voters.
    • 46%!!!! 46% of ya'll decided not to vote! If you feel devastated with this moment and didn't bother to vote when you had the chance, remember this feeling of helplessness. You are partly to blame for it.
  • it should have been bernie folks
    • yes, i am going to address these people. they have irked me for far too long.
    • first off, looking back and saying if bernie had been the nominee he would have beaten trump is not productive for our nation. but i will still address your concerns.
    • i do not think he would have won.
      • he was unable to attain minority votes.
      • he also ran a socialist platform and i can guarantee you more republicans would have come out to vote against him on that.
      • and you don't think within this election cycle anti-semitism wouldn't have been used to attack him? it would have. 
    • current gridlock is what has led us to such distaste for the government. if bernie had been elected he would have faced the same or even worse gridlock from the republican party. i am simply sick and tired of it. i wanted someone with the ability to actually get stuff done. hrc knew how to work across the aisle with republicans, she did so as senator. i am unsure of how well bernie would have been able to work across the aise, maybe he would've been really successful. 
    • yes the dnc messed up badly. they shouldn't have helped hrc out as much as they did but, i want to point out a couple things on that:
      • hrc is a long time democrat with deep ties to  the dnc. she and her husband have campaigned for democrats through time, i think it is natural the dnc wanted to help out someone that has continuously helped the democratic party.
      • bernie sanders was an independent and decided to run as a democrat a few months before he decided to run for president. the ties with the dnc were simply not there and to be honest he could have run for president as an independent. why didn't he do so from the beginning?
      • regardless of the help the dnc gave to hrc, the dnc still didn't rig the people who voted for her. at the end of the primary cycle, the people voted and they overwhelmingly voted for hrc. the difference of votes between obama and hrc during the 2008 primary was much closer.
    • then there are all those bernie supporters who couldn't even fathom voting for the liar hillary clinton was. check out what politifact thought
    • did you also know the two years they shared time in the senate they voted the same 93% of the time?? Check out this NYT article.
    • hrc still incorporated much of bernie's platform within the dnc platform, why didn't this appease some people?
    • hrc was the lesser of two evils. hmmm. have you seen who trump is considering for his cabinet? a white supremacist as his chief advisor. don't think hrc would have done that. did you read her website and her policies? oh no? then how did you know her policies are equally evil to trumps? 
    • i am very understanding when people state they believed in another politician's platform but i found some of their arguments naive (then again that is applicable to many people across the board). When I have engaged in conversation with many of them they just talk about the mistakes hrc has made. yes those mistakes exist and no candidate is void of them, i have already made my points on the hypocrisy coverage of her mistakes above.
    • but i found many were unable to have full on discussions about her policies or that of their preferred candidate and were consistently unable to back up their claims with facts. there is where my main problem lies. those people that were warped by the media and mimicking sound bites because it sounded politically sexy. i found your opinions irrelevant. again, please check your media sources before you engage in a political conversation and read up on each politicians website. do not hate on someone and their policies without even doing proper research, you are doing yourself a disservice of not educating yourself.  
    • i still admire and respect bernie and i hope he kicks butt in the senate. i am just tired of hearing the bernie or bust supporters. done with it. 
  • HRC.
    • she was a weak candidate.
      • well you can read this article about why people felt she wasn't one.
      • i do want to clarify being a weak candidate doesn't make you a bad president and vice versa.
      • there are plenty of preisdents that were great candidates but not great presidents. 
      • perhaps she was weak- not sure how i feel about this yet.
      • someone told me people vote for someone they'd want to sit down and have dinner with. she just didn't illicit that type of a response for majority of people.
        • as a policy nerd i'd love to have dinner with her and nerd out! but, i realize most people aren't like me and would find her to be a boring dinner date. i get it. 
    • I do think she made mistakes
      • Kaine as her vp candidate wasn't the best choice. she was unable to bring charisma to the campaign and needed a candidate that would provide her campaign that. kaine just didn't do it for her. it also distanced herself with bernie supporters even more.
        • personally, i think she should have chosen bernie as her vp!
      • she should have addressed the email "scandal" right away. admit the mistake and moved on.
      • she also should have released her speech transcripts. although nothing crazy was ever found, it would've been better than having wikileaks release it instead. 
      • she did forget the white working class. they weren't properly addressed and it is something i criticized about her campaign. she should have addressed them more especially in the debates. even her husband voiced this concern. 
      • muslims!! we are not the eyes and ears. this really irked people and i cannot blame them. it irked me so much too!
    • people who didn't vote for her simply because of her foreign policy with regards to the muslim world or india.
      • please realize that american policies should be your number one priority.
      • you clamor for people to accept you yet you are unwilling to put domestic policy as your first priority. how do you think that looks?
      • i think critiques on her foreign policy are warranted but i find it odd when obama does a lot of the same things but i don't see an uproar against his foreign policies on social media. 
    • personally, I have never been an advocate for dramatic change. i believe change should be done in increment levels. maybe i am not as ambitious as others. but, working in government i know that change is slow but it can happen. people were ecstatic for bernie's minimum wage increase of $15 but hrc was for $12 because she knew the $15 could potentially hurt small businesses. i appreciated that she listened to both sides and was able to come up with a compromise, that is how i feel a leader should be. enforcing dramatic change upon people is never a good plan in the long run. remember there is a whole another half of the nation that does not believe in the same values as you, it is essential to learn and perfect the art of compromise as a leader. 
    • I voted for her because I found her to be pragmatic, respected her work for children, her ability to reach across the aisle, her immense amount of experience whether in Congress or in foreign policy and how resilient she has been in the face of so many crisis (she didn't even cry during her concession speech)! She was told in high school that no girl could be President, that she wasn't a proper first lady of Arkansas because she kept her maiden name, asked to stop politically helping her husband while he ran for reelection as POTUS b/c he could look weak and countless other sexist moments. I voted for her because despite all these moments she's faced, she could prove a woman had the experience to become POTUS. I will always have respect for her. When the time comes and we do elect our first female President, she is going to be the first person I think of.

NOW WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE AND THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

  • get involved. posting articles on social media is doing nothing. absolutely nothing.

  • Whether you get involved in your local community, donate to non-profits fighting for civil liberties or against hate (ex.: ACLU, Planned parenthood and so much more), understanding those who've opposing view points than you or getting to know your politicians etc.

  • People will vote differently than you. This does not always mean they are the worst person in the world, their priorities are different than yours. Don't belittle people for being politically different. Instead, try understanding where they are coming from, it will open your perspectives in life.

    • here i am going to address trump supporters. not all are racist (but some are). you may feel they didn't think of you when they voted for trump. a part of me wants to wholeheartedly agree with this. but, a part of me understands they felt like they were not being heard. but, have you ever thought of the white working class when you go to the polls? do you think of other people when you go vote? or only of what will directly affect you and your family? if you're the latter then maybe you can understand where trump supporters are coming from. read this article and it may change your mind on things. 

    • calling people racist is not going to get us anywhere. check out this vox article about it. 

    • i've decided to reach out to people on social media that voted for trump and state they aren't racist. i talk to them about my fears and ask if they will be an ally against racism. most of the responses have been positive. try it. 

  • Regardless of your skin color, religion, sexuality or gender we are all the same species. HUMAN. Stop being so scared of each other. Learn to love those you expect not to.

  • Your POTUS/politician will not fix all your problems. Especially local ones. Got issues at home? Get up and organize change. Stop expecting your politician to fix your entire life.

  • Don't think after Election Day this is all over, keep up with your politicians actions. You should criticize and hold your politicians accountable for their actions. This is where progress occurs.

    • please watch who trump appoints in his cabinet, some of them aren't pretty. contact your US senators about these people. 

  • At the same time, also know your politician is not infallible. They are HUMAN and will make mistakes (which is why you must watch and hold them accountable for their actions). 

  • Think big picture. You may not agree with a policy your politician implements but they have a variety of opinions to take into account for. It is vital for a politician to try to take all opinions into account. Remember this! BUT, if a policy adversely affects you, get your community together and talk with your politician.

  • We have become an incredibly polarized country. It's not only sad but also horrifying. How will we heal as a nation? You can hate the opposing side as much as you want but remember you actually have something in common with them...we're all AMERICAN. Whatever happens  for good or ill (depending which way you look at it) we must move on as a nation. We must learn to work together and we must tolerate opinions that don't coincide with our own. A democracy's purpose is to give everyone a voice and we must respect this, it's what makes America the greatest nation in history.

  • let's look towards working hard for 2018!!