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Explaining What the Heck Just Happened?

Updated on January 26, 2017


The country is divided. How best to explain the election results of 2016? I thought of a simple illustration even a 5th grader would understand.

- Jan. 2017

A Hypothetical Scenerio

Suppose a new Administration came to power, and they decided to go after Hollywood and the film industry. They put forth the theory that our culture is degraded due to the exploitation of our youth by the sex and violence and drug culture glorified in our films. They propose legislation to limit or shut down the film industry and succeeded to do so even without passing a single law. By use of regulations and mandates that were not voted by the public but instituted by bureaucrats in Washington DC. As a result, the actors and film related workers lost their livelihood. They protest and demonstrate against their Congressional leaders with no avail. Not only that, the government decided to fund a Christian movie project to the tune of $500 million dollars and subsequently went bankrupt. Does this sound fair to you? I thought we are suppose to be a democracy and ruled by the people?

The Reality...

Given the above hypothetical, replace the Administration with the Obama administration. Replace, Hollywood and film industry with the coal industry. Replace the course culture theory with Climate Change. Replace the actors of Hollywood with coal miners In West Virginia. Replace the Christian film group with Solyndra solar company. Now, do you understand what the heck just happened?


The lesson we should all learn from this is that democracy works only when people are able to debate issues and discuss and compare and finally vote on the best course of action. When laws and regulations are forced upon the public, they usually fails. The genius of our Constitutional Republic is putting the power in the hands of the people rather than by fiat of a king or a tyrant.


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    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think I would make the first target of regulation in media and Hollywood the false one catch phrases. They really make our children less than informed.

      But yet isn't that the technique used by Trump?

      You make a great point here. It reminds me of the poor egg and coffee. Horrible today, great last week and just OK next week. Superfoods or diets? Six pack abs? SUV's in large cities? When will fat, balding, middle aged white guys be in vogue again?

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      Mike Russo 

      22 months ago from Placentia California

      Jack: I'll make it even simpler. Does the federal government, the state governments, and local governments work in the best interest of the people or the best interest of big corporations and big moneyed interest? I think we are yet to see, how Trump handles all of this.

      It's all a matter of supply and demand. In order to bring back coal mining, there has to be a demand created for it. In order to bring back steel workers, they have to displace the robots and high tech steel mills. In order to bring back auto assembly plant workers, they have to displace robots and high tech manufacturing facilities. Those people have to be re-educated into jobs that are in high demand. In my view without that, those displaced workers will remain the "forgotten ones."

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 

      22 months ago

      Yes Jack. And thanks for making it short. I agree, it is very simple.

    • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

      Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

      22 months ago from https:// usercontent2. / 13861447_f1024.jpg

      I like this, very interesting point made in a demonstrative way. Thumbs up.

      I am prone to even like your suggestions, at least it is true the immorality fostered by Hollywood on our youth by the vulgarity, sex and violence and drug culture glorified in our films is a far greater threat to our nation than the fraud of man made global warming for sure. Be a good time to focus on the real problems.


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