What We Learned from the 2016 Election

Perhaps one of the messiest times in American history is the 2016 Presidential Elections. The two deciding factors in the elections are the public votes and the Electoral College which was described as a ticking time bomb.

Frank Newport from Gallup describes the most prominent characteristic the last election as NEGATIVE – everything about it was negative, both the electoral candidates and the election process, especially, when some Americans gave a dissatisfaction rating of 68% for Trump and 48% for Clinton – marking one of the worst ratings for any presidential candidate in history.

Even the online community is raging on and on against the electoral qualification of Trump and Clinton. Hollywood celebrities have launched attacks on the Trump campaign machine, calling for national unity.

Hilary was not exempted from the hot chair as WikiLeaks had provided ‘leaked’ emails of Clinton such as Bill Clinton Inc., her terrible instincts and decision makings, the Bill and Melinda Gates conspiracy, a covert Syrian action and her involvement in some FBI issues.

What does this imply concerning the interest of the public? Some say it’s about as relevant as talking about Austin tuxedo rentals and Houston, Texas tuxedo rentals when it comes to the topic of elections. 

Future elections may become riddled with small satisfactory ratings and issues – reducing the whole election to a dance of clowns, coupled with an enormous amount of voters boycotting the entire system might as well end up deserted.

 

Another factor which gave rise to the worst of controversies is the result of the electoral college. Andrew Prokop of Vox explains why the electoral college is the absolute worst. First of all, it seems unfair since popular opinion greatly differs from elite opinion. And second is that a few incompetent electors can hijack such an important vote.  

 

Perhaps the 2016 elections can give rise to a couple of negative future attacks on the electoral college. A few others even question the need of such a system, since the electoral college directly attacks the right to vote and decide for government positions. These will be frutile efforts even though many a law firm will be hired to try to attack it. 

 

The winner of popular vote losing the election has renewed calls for dumping the electoral college system – affecting even the media. During the campaigns, a lot of public distrust has been placed on popular media providers like CNN and BBC, giving rise to a lot of conspiracy theories and misinformation.

If there is one word that should be highlighted from the last elections, it is the word TRUST – mistrust, distrust, trustworthy –  you name it, it all boils down to trust. Although the future has taken a new turn, it doesn’t always mean that it’s moving on in the right direction.

 

The loss of public trust has fanned the flame to call for change, both from the outside and the inside. However, it is no question that some positive things came out despite those turbulent times such as the raise of minimum wage for some states and the election of Llhan Omar as the first Somali-American legislator. Nevertheless, Americans still believe in the hope that as long as the country is united as one, the American dream is still alive – there’s nothing that can bring us down.

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