Two Days In The Life Of An American Voter

Dear Readers,

100I’m excited to announce that this is my 100th post! I couldn’t have come this far without your readership, comments, and support. I cherish each and every one of you. THANK YOU!!!

Now, on to more serious topics. I’m bypassing my usual mid-week quote to share with you my two-day experience on this wild, historic, American presidential election ride.

November 8, 2016: Election Day
I arrive at the polling station (a local elementary school) in the morning to perform my civic duty. Regardless of whether or not you like the presidential candidates, it’s always a good idea to vote for your state and local representatives.

 

After sneaking on to the Internet all day at work to get election updates, I finally head home, where I cook dinner and then plant my rear end on the sofa, armed with a glass of wine and a romance novel, to watch history unfold.

 

By 1:00 AM, it’s clear that Trump’s going to win. I go to bed.

November 9, 2016: Day after election

 

My work schedule is too busy to call out. In the class I teach, we ditch the lesson plan because the students want to talk. Some of the females cry. They don’t want a president who brags about grabbing female private parts. The males are more subdued, except one, who vows to learn as much as he can about civics. In the afternoon, a student-led anti-Trump rally is held on campus. Some students boo it.

Is it me, or does this kind of remind you of The Hunger Games?

The Empire State Building, NYC, lit up with Trump. Is it me, or does this kind of remind you of The Hunger Games?

 

Two students, a male and female, watched Hillary's concession speech in my office with me. The female was crying; the male was stoic.

Hillary Clinton doing her civic duty. Two students, a male and female, watch her concession speech in my office. The female cries; the male is silent.

Until today, I’ve avoided posting anything on Facebook about the election. I didn’t comment on any Trump or Clinton bashing posts by “friends”, despite all of the mean-spirited rants, memes, articles, etc. about both candidates. Today, though, I finally cave in and write this:

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The post incites the wrath of my aunt. She lives in another state, has no idea who I voted for, or if I even voted for a presidential candidate at all, yet she makes lots of assumptions. She assumes this post has something to do with the Clintons, brings up Bill’s intern scandal, and demands I tell her if Hillary has ever volunteered in a soup kitchen when cameras weren’t watching. All of this is happening while I’m out to dinner with my husband and son, trying to relax and forget all about this election. Well, what did I expect when I posted this, right?

This post has nothing whatsoever to do with the Clintons, I say. I am merely looking to hold our next president accountable for some things I noticed during his campaign. But since she brought it up, both Bill’s and Trump’s behavior toward women is disgusting and unacceptable. Another Facebook “friend” adds that Clinton was rightfully impeached for it; Trump was elected president in spite of it. I refrain from commenting on this. As for the soup kitchen, I don’t know, Aunty, just as I don’t know if Trump has or not. Your guy won. Be glad. I hope he does a good job.

I truly hope, for our country’s sake, that he does a good job. And I’m so glad this election is over.

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34 thoughts on “Two Days In The Life Of An American Voter

  1. A welcomingly temperate post, Kim, considering the situation. I’ve been watching from afar for months, as a socialist Brit, and can’t say I’m at all surprised by the failure of the pollsters and media to see this coming.

    50 months of chaos and the U.S. citizenry may decide it likes dynasties after all – Michelle will be there, and it’ll be (big) business as usual? In the meantime, bang goes the environment and a balanced High Court – and those effects will far outlast Trump.

    It’s the Democrats own stupid fault, in my view. They should’ve chosen Bernie. Or maybe Elizabeth Warren (at least as VP). Or the public should do what 60% of them say they want, and vote for a 3rd. party. All those tactical votes for Hillary were too clever by half. If they’d gone with Stein instead then the Green’s may have gotten to 5% and received the funding it absolutely must have to stand a chance. And ranked voting needs to come in, as well as the money needing to go out. Until then it’s the same 2-party mess anyway.

    This isn’t such a shock outside the U.S., Kim. The pollsters have, in various degrees, gotten it very wrong in the last 2 years: the Israeli election, the Scottish referendum, the Tories taking a majority in the U.K., Brexit, and now this mess. Their modelling methods are wrong, obviously. Why? Because they can only get single digit levels of respondents. In the thirties it was 90%. Now it’s 9% (Pew Research and others). 56% of poor U.S. households have no landline service, and well over 40% of all households have no landline. Pollsters can’t legally autodial cell phones, and it’s too expensive and time-consuming to contact their owners by other means. So, the biasing for non-responders has to be pretty watertight. And the media treated the aftermath of ‘08 like it was as small a problem for everyone as it was for those of their privilege – i.e. what austerity?

    The only good news is Hillary won’t be having her Syrian no-fly zone.

    I despair.

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    • Thank you for this insight, Hariod. I’ve always felt that it’s really not up to the voters when there’s essentially only two candidates to choose from and you’re generally voting for the lesser of two evils. What a racket. You are so right when you say America likes its dynasties after all. It’s really unbelievable. Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton running, and you’re probably right, Obama and then one day Obama (though personally I’d love for Michelle Obama to run, so there you go with the dynasty thing). When I saw the news clip of Trump and Obama meeting I could hardly believe what I was seeing. Reality TV has come to the White House. Imagine all the entertainers who will be lining up to run for president now. I’ve decided that it’s best to just go about one’s daily life living under the radar, do what you can do in your small way to make the world a better, more peaceful place, and hope when you die you’ve made some kind of positive difference in the little circle of reality you’ve created.

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      • Thankyou Kim, and I echo your feelings as regards that meeting between Trump and Obama, adding that I found it excruciatingly awkward. Trump looked – and is – totally out of his depth, and Obama was almost having to wrench the right words out of his voice box.

        Anyway, all eyes to the future, 50 months from now, and from whatever chaos Trump’s presidency brings, Michelle sweeping to an historically emphatic victory. 🙂

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  2. First of all, congratulation on your 100th post! That is amazing!
    Secondly, I really like the fact that you got some pins with “I Voted Today”. I think it’s such a cute idea and it looks lovely haha. We don’t do this in my country, unfortunately. I mean, we do get some stickers, but we have to stick them at the back of our ID and they are pretty boring… all white with a splash of black…
    Thirdly, Trump wouldn’t have been my first choice if I had been an American, either. He’s got some bad record… But hopefully, everything will turn out good, cause this election affects the whole world… Maybe his mind will come into place and he will realise what his mistakes are and try to correct them. If not… all we can do is be good people ourselves and you know how they say “What goes around comes around” and we will receieve kindness too 🙂
    Sorry for the long rant, but I find this subject to be very interesting haha 🙂
    Also, an extremely well-written post! Good idea! Great job! xx

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    • Thank you for this thoughtful comment. You are correct that all we have control over is ourselves and how we treat others. I appreciate that you understand how the U.S. election affects the whole world. I think this is something that most Americans don’t understand or even consider when they cast their votes. Part of it, I think, is self-centeredness. Part of it is our isolation from the rest of the world. We have Mexico and Canada, and that’s it. Otherwise, it’s a minimum 6 or 7 hour very expensive plane ride to Europe/UK. I remember when I was in London for three weeks. We flew to Rome in 2 hours. Some of the students went to Paris for the day on the train. It would be wonderful if Americans had easier access to so many wonderful countries and cultures. Maybe then we would be more aware of what’s going on in the rest of the world.

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  3. Loved the post, Kim, though I did feel bad for you having to go in after an all nighter…:)
    It’s crazy how people have reacted. I think we all need to take a breath and see what happens. He has surprised everyone so far. I’m hoping he does the same, in a positive way over the next four years.,..:)

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    • George, I think he has surprised even himself. I haven’t watched his acceptance speech yet, but one of my students mentioned that when the camera showed him as it was announced he’d been elected, he look positively stunned. I kind of felt like he seemed a little shell shocked when meeting with Obama, like he was out of his element and still couldn’t quite believe he was president-elect. Then again, maybe I’m reading into things that aren’t there. As for having to go to work, it’s my own fault for staying up way too late and drinking too much wine (which I usually refrain from on week nights for the very reason you see on my haggard face in the photo). Wine and work nights do not mix. But yes, let’s hope we’re surprised in a good way.

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      • I’ve always believed he got into this strictly from a publicity/ego thing. I think he said a lot of the outlandish things because he felt he had nothing to lose. And then this happened. It defies logic until you realize how fed up people must be. Then it makes perfect sense.

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  4. Congratulations on 100 posts Kim. Always such well written, well-meaning and thoughtful posts. I wonder if we’ll be saying the same thing about Trump 100 days in, somehow I doubt it. I do worry about the future, even from afar, as this election affects us all. I can only hope, and share your sentiments in your post, that he picks up his act and does the right thing by Americans.

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    • Thank you, Miriam! I never imagined when I started this blog about 18 months ago that my 100th post would be about Donald Trump being our next president! Although they did predict this 16 years ago on that crude cartoon show, The Simpsons. Another one of my readers/commenters said the same thing, about how this election affects the whole world. I wish Americans understood that more and cared more about that. Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Congrats on the 100th post! That’s a huge accomplishment for an author, because your posts are well-written and carefully crafted pieces of writing, which means they are always worth reading.
    As for the election, I was surprised. I went to bed before it was decided, but when it was close enough that I realized Trump could win. But I didn’t really believe it until the next morning when I turned on the news and then turned to my husband and said, “Hell just froze over!”
    Personally, I didn’t care for either candidate. We will just have to wait and see how this plays out, and hope for the best, and that our nation’s system of checks and balances will keep us on a somewhat even keel. Now, more than ever, we need tolerance and courage as we try to address the needs of all Americans, because like it or not, we’re all in this together!

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    • Thank you, Ann! And thank you for being one of my earliest (if not my first) follower. I know I’ve said it before, but I really cherish you! As for the candidates, I don’t dislike Hillary, and I do think her resume more than qualified her for the job, perhaps more than anyone in history. I also would LOVE to have a female president. However, I did have concerns about a four-year long witch hunt if she were president. You know, nonstop investigations, persecution, accusations, etc. that would be so bad for our country. And I definitely did not like the idea of Bill being back in the White House, worrying about if he’d be able to control himself and not cause another scandal. Then there’s the whole point of dynasties that Hariod brought up. It is what it is, I guess. Like you said, we’re in this together and tolerance and courage are key.

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  6. An excellent post Kim.
    Very interesting and insightful.
    You write so well.
    The only thing I don’t understand is
    how on God’s green earth, America
    ended up with a choice between two such
    Incompetent people.
    PS
    Congratulations on your 100th post.

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