I was almost sold yesterday when I heard president Obama declare that we are all on the same side, that life goes on and we must work together. He is such a smooth talker, the man makes you want to reach out and touch the TV screen. And it is his role as our leader to bow gracefully and ease the transition.
But the more I think about it, and the more I read, the further I feel from that stance. Social media might have played a key role in this election, as will no doubt have last-minute carefully-choreographed FBI stunts, but it is currently carrying a new vibe that certainly makes one stop and ponder.
Our antiquated Electoral College concept has just allowed a winner that did not have a majority of popular votes. Yet since in America the people do not directly elect their president, said College still has to vote on December 19 to finalize the election.
After a day or mourning and frustration, many appear to have risen again, finding hope where there was none and resolution within despair. NotMyPresident seems to be the concept flag most are rallying under, and while approaches differ, the bottom line is that we have to fight. After all, as someone put it, what have we got to lose?
Sanders has pledged to obstruct Trump as much as possible if he does not play ball. Others hope to see him meet his fate in court. Others still are saying let’s just not think this far ahead and try the unprecedented right now: turn the Electoral College vote around by convincing a number of the electors that Trump scored to flip to a faithless vote. Here is one example, feel free to sign the petition!
Can it be done?
But the information loop had been shattered. On Facebook, articles in the traditional, fact-based press look the same as articles from the conspiratorial alt-right media. Spokesmen for the unspeakable now have access to huge audiences. This was the cauldron, with so much misogynistic language, that helped to demean and destroy Clinton.
David Remnick, Editor – The New Yorker