After an unsavory and exhausting presidential campaign, the election is over. Many thought, we could finally relax and return to business as usual. But Donald Trump won the election with Hillary Clinton attaining the popular vote.
America is now more divided than ever.
People around the nation are protesting. Others are finding it difficult to explain how
a bigoted bully who pays no taxes, belittles women, makes fun of the disabled, calls Mexican rapists, wants to ban Muslims, and is eager to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, became president-elect of the United States of America. Citizens, nervous for our future are in shock, immobilized, and fearful.
On Wednesday, the Daily News informed, “Tuesday, on the side of a light pole in Brooklyn, a disgruntled voter taped a small sign: He is not my President.”
But the fact is — he will be America’s 45th President. The question is — what can we do about it?
The first thing is to breathe and resist taking action until you have a viable plan to make your community stronger and better. Too often we enthusiastically protest for a couple of days then tire of the cause. We must make long-term plans and relentlessly keep at it. Reverend A.R. Bernard, pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in East New York warns, “those who don’t plan for the future will undoubtedly return to their past.”
Too often we enthusiastically protest for a couple of days then tire of the cause. Click To Tweet
Also realize the electoral process does not end on Election Day. Hold politicians accountable. Know the names of your local representatives (governor, mayor, city council, state assembly, members of congress, borough president) and know how to contact them. Visit them and call them, volunteer to work on committees or projects. If they are not as Shirley Chisholm used to say, “unbossed, unbought, and unafraid,” vote them out. We have to get serious because there’s work to do.
Educate yourself on the electoral process. Under our constitution, no person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this constitution shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.
This is the reason why a Trump could run for the highest office of the most powerful nation in the world. These three qualifications may have been sufficient for a young nation-but America is a Super Global Power and we need a leader who stands in integrity, is intelligent, level headed, and innovative.
We could petition our elected officials to amend the constitution to include other qualifications like: no history of criminal activity or behavior, must make tax return a public record, 1000 hours of community service in poor and working class American neighborhoods, extensive world travel, a life dedicated to service, prior political experience, and a proven record of fighting against discrimination based on race, culture, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and age.
We must call for the end of the archaic Electoral College. The people should elect our president. If this were the case today, Hillary Clinton would have been the first female president. The Electoral College is not a school. It actually consists of 538 electors. Each state has electors equal to the number of members in the House of Representatives plus two, one for each U.S. Senator. Therefore, the fight to win the election becomes a battle to win states
and their electors.
We must call for the end of the archaic Electoral College. Click To Tweet
For example, New York has 29 electors (27 members of the House and 2 Senators) Clinton got the most votes in New York so she took all of New York electors. Most states, have a “winner-take-all” system. The candidate receiving the majority of electors – 270 becomes president-elect. Here is the problem with the College, under the US Constitution, the president is not elected by the popular vote of citizens, but by electors.
Trump wins with 290 electors and 59,937,338 of the popular vote and Clinton loses with 228 electors and slightly more than 60,274,974 of the popular vote.
President Obama said to Mr. Trump at their sit down today, “I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.” And with our President’s words in mind we must work diligently together to keep this country great.
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