Get A Grip!
“Someone threw a cabbage at William Howard Taft.
That didn’t bother Taft.
“I see that one of my adversaries has lost his head.”
― Judith St. George,
Politics, as usual, is a dirty business and yet it is the only way any large group of people or country are governed. We all have opinions about what that should look like and what the experience should be. AND when I say all, I mean every person in America citizen or not! So we have had an election for President of the United States. About half of us are wildly happy and the other half of us are totally grief stricken. I say it is time to “Get A Grip!” Period. Whether you are giddy with joy or you are catatonic with grief, it is time to get up, brush the trash of politics off and “Get A Grip!”
“Don’t blow off another’s candle
for it won’t make yours shine brighter.”
― Jaachynma N.E. Agu,
Some of you are calling for the electoral college to vote differently than the outcome of the election actually is. Yes I am aware that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. She knew going in that she was required to win the electoral college as it is laid out on the map. AND she is coping with grace (if not ease). It is the rest of us, her followers and legacy, who are struggling. Again I say, “Get A Grip!”
“Those who cannot remember the past,
are condemned to repeat it.”
― George Santayana,
First, I give you the history lesson and say to you, we need to pay attention to history, not only because we can learn from it, but if we remember it we have some small chance of not repeating history. Five Presidential candidates have won the popular vote but lost the election because of the electoral college system. They are:
1824: Andrew Jackson
1876: Samuel Tilden
1888: Grover Cleveland
2000: Al Gore
2016: Hillary Clinton
Some of these candidates went on to be president in other elections, but most did not. There is a lot of debate about whether we really need the electoral college. You would not be the first person to ask the question, “If Al Gore had been president when the 9/11 terrorist strike happened, would we have gone to war?” However we will never know the answer to that question and to discuss it doesn’t change history but does continue to sow seeds of tension and anger and anxiety. I strongly feel the same is true of the debate about trying to change the electoral college system. It is too late for this election! Get A Grip!
For this election as for all previous elections, it is too late to change the constitution and switch to a popular vote rather than Electoral College vote. Am I disappointed that Hillary Clinton did not win? YES! However, today I am asking all of you to consider this question:
Which is most important to you: Winning the election or getting on with life and working to keep America great for everyone?
The reason I think that is the question we each need to answer is that we cannot change history but we can affect change for our futures. We can continue the great work we have begun to create a more perfect union with liberty and justice for all. This includes equal pay for equal work. This includes marriage equality for every person in America. This includes the right for a woman to make decisions about her own body. This includes stopping the permissive rape culture we live in. This includes freedom from religious persecution. This includes guaranteeing we all have freedom of speech.
“Maybe history wouldn’t have to repeat itself
if we listened once in awhile.”
― Wynne McLaughlin
I think it is time to Get A Grip and listen to history. If we want to change the electoral college get busy doing so but do not expect this to be easy or to happen before they vote next month. Let your legislators and your president know your desires. Start a movement and get busy working on it. More importantly though it is time to Get A Grip!
“You are not responsible for the past,
but insofar as you do nothing,
you are complicit in the present created by it.”
― Jonathan R. Miller
Embrace the reality you wish to create. Be a part of becoming the reality you wish to create. Work together creating our new reality. I am encouraging you, dear reader, to embrace the power we each have to create an environment of love, kindness, generosity, acceptance without worrying or fussing over what the other man or woman is doing. Get A Grip and do as Hillary Clinton says:
“Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.”
― John Wesley