​Numbers Don’t Lie

*image on blog post posted by Rihanna on her Instagram page [ @badgalriri/Instagram ]
Article [ https://goo.gl/x9EX6b ]
**Great episode to check out by Bill Mayer [ Real Time with Bill Mayer: November 11,  2016 >> https://youtu.be/oMJvbP3yzMk ]

Here it is Sunday Morning (at 5:16 in the morning to be exact) and I’m coming to the fact that Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President January 20, 2017.

Anyhow, what’s to come I’m not going to say “we don’t know” because he’s shown us this past 18 months what will come about and it’s pretty messed up. Sure I’ve heard people say, “We just have to wait and see” and “He said those hateful/disgusting things but he really didn’t mean them…he’s not racist”. What’s sickening is that not only people can say that but really believe this that in the end words really don’t matter.
Ask a child or woman that has been abused that if words don’t matter when hearing them for years upon years. I read a post stating Trump just “flirted with racism”…he didn’t even flirt with it; he danced, went home, and sexed it for over a year.

I’m not one for political correctness…I’m not. It’s always best to call it like it is. But when you do it in a way to belittle, demean, make a person feel less than human that’s when it’s an issue. We all know not all Whites (rather living in the suburbs, in the city, or in rural America) are racist…we know not all Mexicans are murders and rapists, all Blacks are not thugs, our Middle Eastern Brothers and Sisters are not terrorists, not all women are “catty” but when we do see it call that crap out and call for what it is we see people act this way.

One of my Facebook friends corrected me when speaking on the final results on the election when I blamed Gary Johnson was one of the reasons Hillary lost. He said to me,  “Who’s to say those votes would have went to Hillary?” 

And you know what? He was right. 

One thing I have tried to practice is when I’m wrong I’m wrong. Numbers don’t lie. This info is from another Facebook friend. Although I didn’t totally agree with some of his views but this was spot on…

“…This needs to be articulated. America was not taken back by racist white people. Trump did not win because of a “whitelash” as Van Jones put it, or by raising “racial anxiety” to “spike the white vote” according to Rachel Maddow.  At least not if you look at the numbers.  Trump won basically the same percent of the white vote (21% over Clinton) as Romney did in 2012 (20% over Obama).  In terms of overall votes, Trump actually earned over a million LESS votes than Romney did in 2012. This doesn’t add up to a bunch of white racists suddenly appearing and voting for Trump. As of now, Trump has 59.6 million total votes and Romney had 60.9 million.  Even Mccain had 59.9 back in 2008.
The fact is the Democratic turnout just wasn’t as high. As of now, Clinton has 59.8 million votes.  Obama had 65.9 million in 2012 and 69.4 million in 2008.
Trump won 6 states that previously voted for Obama two times (FL, OH, IA, WI, MI, PA). And in 4 of those states he won by small margin (150,000-200,000 votes).  Can you say those states are racist?”

Another thing that brings this home is an article, “Don’t Blame third parties for Clinton’s loss, blame Democrats who didn’t vote” by Dan Arel[ https://goo.gl/O8cqUX ]. This goes deeper and breaks the numbers down. 
The bottom line We (Democrats) lost and the Republicans won and what’s done is done. What we have to do now is make sure you know the House and Senate members that are in your state, follow them closely and when the mid-term elections roll around you voice your opinion in the voter’s Booth.

You don’t know who is who? To find who represents you in the House of Representative go here [ http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ ]
For your Senator go here [ http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ ]

Other sites can help with this process in regards to your representatives on a local level. It’s out there…you just have to want it bad enough.  Many have Facebook and Twitter accounts and even Instagram account. Most of us have these apps so lets put them to work. 
When we “Booed” we see how that outcome came about in regards to this election so stop being angry and get to work in regards to changing the process.


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