I don't think that last point is a democracy killer, as long as the loser in the electoral count only won the popular vote by a tiny percentage. It's a states rights thing, written in the constitution. It makes the electoral map look redder than its population in numbers at large, but only because thinly populated rural areas dominate USA land area. Again, the percentage discrepency is generally tiny.
I'd rather fix our real problem with gerrymandering that lets partisanism usurp fair representation of the population at the legislative district levels. It enables anti-pluralistic extremism to win the primaries, which is the kind of populism the authors of our constitution were trying to avoid in our general elections.
We can call the angry, reactionary electorate stupid, and fix blame on them for pure democracy's failure, or we can try to fix the ills we humans are naturally prone to suffering:
Don't just curse humanity, but help them to learn and understand.
Noooooo, help, help, we're drowning... !
I've been stressed out since Florida lost... but I can't just give up and sink.
I've been crying on and off for most of the day. I want to be angry but that won't do any good. I seriously didn't know if I could function today. One of my patients today was a woman who just found out her illness is terminal - and she actually cheered ME up. I am sad to say I envied her for not needing to worry about the Republicans and Donald Trump very much.
I know that all sounds rather morose but that is how I am feeling right now. You are right about not just giving up though. I gave up for today. I cried, went to work, cried some more, and flopped down on the bed when I got home. I had some bacon and some chocolate, and will very likely work up some more good endorphins later when my boyfriend is done milking the cows. And I won't be thinking about Donald Trump at all.
Yeah, this has been a long day for me too, resigning to the inevitable erasure of good deeds and legacy of Obama whose been fighting against years of this negativity and other selfish forms of exclusionism. I'm tired of anger, blame and shame dominating discourse... and then winning.
I don't think they can erase all of Obama's legacy. Sure, they can repeal Obamacare, but health care reform has to continue. It can't go back to how it was - it can only change into something else. Obama got it going. Nobody can take out Osama Bin Laden again - that one belongs to Obama. Obama has conducted himself with grace and dignity in a noxious pit of small minds who did not want him to succeed. He didn't get us into WWIII.
I'm going to let the Republicans screw each other over now, not that I can stop it. Until I can defect to another planet or species, we're stuck with the foibles of the stupid flesh-bags we humans are. Have a lovely day! : )
Well said. Especially for a mere Earthling, according to this one. :)
Thank you. I only burst into tears two times today! Progress!
Several relevant articles in The Atlantic: