Don’t let anyone tell you that Trump’s win is a sign that the Republican Party’s agenda is broadly supported.
Clinton had over 800,000 more votes but
unfortunately they weren’t cast in the “swing states” so Trump got their
electoral college votes. Trump won in those areas due to voter frustration with
the status quo, especially in rural areas, that he recognized and spoke to. As
Bill Clinton famously said 20 years ago “It’s the economy stupid”. Some voters
were turned off by his mocking a handicapped journalist or his bragging about
getting away with sexual assault but others were just so fed up with an economy
that isn’t working for them they simply ignored anything but his promise to
make their lives better. Unfortunately we Democrats chose a candidate who,
while I believe she deeply cares about all of us, didn’t know how to articulate
a message of hope and understanding.
Here are a few examples that show
America is moving toward a more
progressive future regardless of who just won the presidential election.
Residents of California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all passed measures
legalizing recreational marijuana which will now be legal under state law in
eight states with over one-fifth of the US population. Arizona voters rejected legalization in a close
call of 52-48; which likely means advocates will try again soon since public
opinion continues to trend against prohibition. Arkansas,
and North Dakota passed or expanded access to
medical marijuana, making it available in three-fifths of the US.
Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington elected to raise their state minimum wages to
at least $12 an hour by 2020, with Washington’s
going up to $13.50, and indexed to inflation thereafter. In Arizona
the same measures also mandated employers offer paid medical leave which has
been part of a growing progressive push in recent years.
And voters in
rejected a sneaky bill that sounded like it supported home solar panel
installation but in fact did just the opposite.
I’m confident that in the long run we’ll move forward on these and other important issues. 2016 is a setback but not a defeat. Be ready to counter attack.
Published in the Seguin Gazette November 18, 2016