America Did Not 'Win' the Election
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It's been over a month (or so) now since the U.S. Presidential election secured Joe Biden as our next president, and I have yet to make my open WWW assessment, which of course is so very important. Your eyes may roll.
A darkness looms over USA-style democracy.
I was not happy with the outcome of this election. Yes, I was of course happy that Trump lost -- if we can all agree that actually happened. What I am not happy with is that he didn't lose by enough.
I wanted this election to be a repudiation of the reckless sentiments passed around in a circle on right-wing radio or general conservative media. Trump was never the election target because to me he never mattered. What does matter is is the source-fuel sewage basin from which Trump and likely future candidates of his ilk draw from.
I had hoped that Trump's failed presidency would have been enough to diminish the messaging of people like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity which exploit angry people looking for simple answers to big problems, and, which massage a national paranoia against government or any institution that doesn't agree with their limited idea of a working democracy.
Biden's win was not by a wide enough margin on election night to convince me people are learning -- though the total ~80 million in his favor was quite impressive, suggesting America tried. And of course, we know that outside the presidential race, Trumplicans or classic republicans too fearful to contest them, actually did quite well.
The democrats lost seats in the House, and they didn't win any in the Senate -- though there is a runoff election in Georgia coming up that might change that. Nobody is holding their breath and the campaigns there resonate to me as if the democrats are just going through the obligatory motions; a process by which does not negate the bigger disappoint that there has to be a runoff race in the first place.
The United States of America is still in grave danger as long as we consider the Trumplican sharks that circle our boat a rationale legitimacy of any political process. By whose hand, we'll never know where these people came from, but I don't believe it is organic or by accident. We best brace ourselves because someone's plan is working.