This is really an article I’ve had in my mind since the last Presidential election, nothing more than an inner monologue of sorts. Granted, at 33, I’ve only really been old enough to actually care about 3 elections in my lifetime, this year I am starting to see why things happen that I’ve read about in history books in the past. More specifically, what I’m talking about is how volatile elections can be for different political parties, politicians and President – especially over the course of just a 2-4 year time period.
Of course, a lot of this is due to the advent of the “Electoral College,” whom essentially chooses Presidents completely independent of the “Popular Vote.” What I mean to say is that if it were not for the Electoral College, the last 4 Presidents of the United States would have all been Democrat – but of course they haven’t been, now have they? I mean think about it, Bill Clinton won outright, Al Gore then beat George Bush by sheer vote count, Obama won outright and Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by sheer vote count. While I do not know if it’s on purpose, the Electoral College helps to ensure a sort of political diversity of the Oval Office that we otherwise would not see.
But what I’m discovering in 2018 is that there is something much different at play here, which is ultimately sure to effect changes to political offices next year – in November 2019. I’ve sometimes always wondered, how can one President serve just 4 years? What really happened or went wrong to cause that? Then I think about how fast the country can and does theoretically change. The Democrats had the House, Senate and Presidency in 2009, then by 2016 the Republicans had the same. Then, just two years later, the Republicans lost the House and as a result, now we have political gridlock with the Senate – the same thing that happened to the Obama Administration in 2014. Why these extreme change in just 2 to 4 years has always fascinated me as a young student? But now I may be able to answer that question in live time as this is all happening this year.
Look no further than the last Democratic Presidential Debate, featuring 12 candidates all on stage with one another fighting for air time. It infuriated me to a degree to watch what was going down there, just different Democrats talking about shared Democrat talking points. No rebuttal or challenge was given to a single statement or allegedly “fact” that night, just more and more liberals talking about liberalist philosophy. Meanwhile, are/were the Republicans holding any public debates? Are they really doing anything, at all?
I mean just think about, all the media coverage that debate generated, all the follow interviews, all the follow up television squabble/coverage was all 100% in response to the words of the Democrats – giving them even more publicity. Even the Republicans are doing nothing more than talking about what the Democrats are talking about everyday – giving the Dems even more publicity/airtime. But it’s not just the debates, it’s all the political advertisements, full of Democrats seeking office. I honestly haven’t seen a single Republican ad over the same time, only angry Democrats. I mean some US Republican led states are even cancelling primary debates, not just because they are all in on Donald Trump supporters/candiates, but also to “save money.” This means that people in these states or in the national media are never going to here important Republicans responses/headline, nor the views of the part right now or what they plan for future – after the election. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to run wild in the media and with commercials.
You want to understand how political parties trade power so easily or often in elections over 2-4 years, or how some Presidents only last 4 years instead of 8? Look no further than what’s on the media/television right now. Look no further than the way the Republicans are acting right now. Quite frankly, the Republicans aren’t trying an ounce as hard as the Democrats right now and it shows, not just today in the here and now but I also suspect next years election. But who am I to predict the future? Just saying…..