This Was My First Election – E. Marshall Hoyt
This was my first election.
I’m not particularly happy about that, of course, I missed the chance to vote in 2012 by a mere couple of weeks. But I did my civic duty, and I voted. Voting did not instill me with the feeling I had hoped for, of course.
In 2012, I couldn’t escape the talk of politics if I tried. Everyone was involved, invested, and more importantly- passionate. Everyone. You can argue the faults of a two party system encouraging such rabid support of any candidate, which itself breeds the rabid hared of the candidate opposite your choice, but four years ago it seemed justified. The current administration- finally coming to its end soon- had made large powerful moves towards political reform that they wanted, and in some respects they pushed the envelope, as to appeal to every shade of liberal voter they could in as many ways as possible.
Climate change? Let’s put in some deep cutting taxes and regulations to encourage “safer” technology.
Healthcare? We passed the reform blindly a couple of years ago, but now it’s time to sink the bill’s vampire teeth in.
The Middle East? Pft, we solved that problem easy peasy- turns out we just had to leave! That will probably turn out well.
Everything sounded like a bad sales pitch, and the effects of those policies and the administration’s lack-luster approach to everything from foreign policy to economic reform left much to be desired. Because of this, conservatives were mighty angry, and rightfully so. In 2008, McCain was not an excellent candidate, and he didn’t resonate with republicans well, all while the DNC had pitted against McCain a far more competent campaigner. His plans and promises were terrible, but, he knew how to sell his cyanide like it was lemonade. In some ways, we had gotten stuck with Obama for 4 years, and we wanted out.
That’s when Romney finally came along. I’ll be the first to admit, that he had a humble start. His speeches were elegant, but he had a long way to prove himself before he had many conservatives’ votes. Luckily, he proved himself well. The race was heated, the debates were intense to watch, even when the moderators clearly favored Obama and targeted Romney. This of course brought out the crazies of the left, and the media to echo them, trying to find fault in the most minor things that Romney uttered.
The guy doesn’t like PBS programming? He hates big bird! He’s awful! His dislike of a children’s show character is clearly an indication of his political skills!
Did he just mention women and binders in the same sentence? Binders of women! Sexist!
Wait, is he running against our beloved black president- his race clearly being the most important attribute as leader of this country? Racist! Bigot.
They were really trying to find ways to break down his campaign, but he stood strong. He was a strong candidate, a good one, and no matter if you were against or for him, there was good reason to be passionate.
Then the election day came.
Hype was turned to despair, as conservatives and political analysts were baffled at the predictions being disproven. Quite a few even normally democratic siding predictors crunched the numbers and estimated a Romney victory, by a healthy margin, for that matter. This obviously, was not the case.
I wasn’t as emotionally tied to this election, for better or worse. Not in the sense I was back in 2012. I cared far more about the 2012 election, and I couldn’t even vote. Yet, still, there I was, this year, filling out my ballot and I wasn’t happy. Choose the criminal who will sweep her crimes under a rug, or a liberal character in conservative clothing, speaking loud and ugly. I filled it out of course- I’m polite in saying I won’t reveal who I voted for, not for any particular reason other than admitting who I voted for makes me sick, and frankly that applies to both candidates, so it doesn’t matter much anyway.
But, why bring up the passion of the last election and talk so little of the excitement of this election? Well, that’s sort of the point. No one liked this election. The DNC and GOP put up the not-incredibly-preferred and in some way completely wrong candidates for the parties. I would have preferred Cruz, and I know for many a liberal in my age range they would have preferred Bernie. As much as I hate Bernie more than either candidate in this finally finished election, he is indeed a proper representation of the current democratic party (Which itself is a problem).
So of course, as I watch the liberal despair and surprise as handy predictions of a Clinton landslide fell apart and Trump emerged the victor, many of them asked how they could have been so wrong, how Trump could’ve won. Like I said, nobody was excited about this race, and more importantly, the Trump support seemed pretty low in comparison. So, how did he do it?
There is one big reason, and it’s the reason Romney lost and Trump won.
Most of people who voted Trump, didn’t want him to be president.
This probably would serve as a baffling statement to any of the alt-right or left of middle who don’t understand that position at all, but the younger democrats can sympathize, they just don’t know it.
When Bernie lost the nomination, oh how the dedicated Sander supporters wailed and despaired. We don’t want Hillary! She’s not our candidate! They hated it, they hated Hillary, and didn’t want to vote for her.
But they did.
That’s the thing, this election, ultimately, was about voting against, not for. In the last week before the election, I think that’s when very suddenly, almost all the conservatives begrudgingly filled in the bubble next to Trump’s name. This is due to some worrisome information about Clinton that came out, and of course, the decision was made. The more important decision, however, the one that won the election, was that no one talked about it. No one who voted Trump- who only did it as a vote against Clinton- was public about their vote.
For one this made polls, clearly, inaccurate. Secondly, this meant that the Liberals weren’t prepared.
I hate to sound like the same typical and broken record you’d expect on the matter, and certainly conservatives get laughed at for this sort of thing every time, but the left not knowing the amount of votes that would be cast for Trump ahead of time, meant they couldn’t rig it in time.
It seems silly to call voter fraud, especially when it is so hard to provide proof in 2012 without some journalist laughing at it with paper-thin evidence against the call of cheating and declaring the statement unarguably disproven, but in some ways, this election is that proof of foul play.
The Left saw no reason to rig this election, or cheat in votes. They very obviously put in the effort in 2012. There’s a lot of suspicious activity that went on, and being in Colorado, where a record-breaking rally was held for the republican candidate and we somehow ended up being blue, the fraud was clearly massive. But the Left knew the support behind Romney, and they worked overtime. Their efforts paid off too.
That’s exactly the thing, of course. Even a blind man could see that Romney had far more wide spread support in 2012 than Trump has ever had, yet Trump won his election. Trump won because just over half of the population is conservative, and it took the liberals thinking the election this year was theirs for the taking and not even trying to cheat it, to make that clear. They finally gave us a fair election, for a candidate we don’t even want being president.
Had Romney had such an advantage, had he fought on a fair battle field, he would have indeed gotten his massive victory. But alas, they gave us a fair battleground on an unfair election.
As much as the media, TV, and every other loud mouths of entertainment would like you to believe, the country is not a liberal nation with invisible conservatives lurking in the shadows. It’s a nation of conservatives, many of whom voted trump and drank a bottle of alcohol for being forced to do so, the ones that could even bring themselves to vote.
That’s how much cheating went on 2012.
In 2016, Trump won on the votes of those that didn’t want him, scoring only a part of the conservative base.
In 2012, with almost all the conservatives passionately behind him, Romney just barely lost.
There’s still a happy note, in there, somewhere. The GOP snagged both parts of Congress, and while much of the GOP in congress doesn’t like Trump (and rightfully so), they can keep Trump in check (hopefully). It’s not going to be sunshine and roses, of course, shit is still going to happen, but the left is as divided as we are right now.
They’re blaming each other, especially the Sanders’ supporters who quietly voted Clinton. Even though they certainly put down Clinton on their ballots, they are actively blaming the DNC for putting in Clinton, believing they cheated Sanders from running (Which they did). The idea that Sanders would have won against Trump is silly, but if Sanders had been the nominee, the support for Trump and opposition to Bernie would probably have been more vocal, thus the left might have actually put in effort into cheating, and then Sanders probably would have been cheated in. That would have been far worse.
Instead, Trump barely pulled through because republicans quietly voted against Hillary at the last minute.
Hopefully, this decision doesn’t ultimately rip off our bums, simply bite us in the ass like we expect.
Hopefully it’s a light, playful bite.