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The Protest Vote

Updated on May 8, 2017
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Okay, allow me to get one thing off of my chest before we get into this. I originally planned on not voting. That's right; I was one of "them." Disgusted by every detail of this God-forsaken thing we've been referring to as an election.

I voted for Barack Obama, his first go-around. In 2012, I was a die-hard Ron Paul supporter (still, wishing he was my president). And then we all became inundated by this circus of a political season. Like many political junkies out there, I was uncontrollably consumed by the process. For me, I didn't know what to think of Donald Trump. Was he a racist, a bigot, a sexist, a xenophobe, a genius? I had no idea, and I still don't. His big head and ego scared the hell out of me. Then there was Hillary Clinton. Aside from the nagging feeling as though she and her campaign were working hard in an attempt to exploit the "black" vote, I had great difficulty seeing past decades of corruption that loomed over her every awkward laugh. I became enveloped in uninspired disgust. There was no choice here, and I was certainly not going to participate in this mockery.

And then election day came.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Confident I would not be participating, all the way up until the morning of the 8th, I awoke with a feeling of urgency. Today was the day. Suddenly, Rachel Maddow's (MSNBC) words began to ring in my ears. At this moment, I cannot recall verbatim of what she said, but the message rang true. I had to vote. I couldn't stand by and let tomorrow come, knowing I willingly refused to exercise a right that not too long ago I wouldn't have had. I couldn't let this one day go by and know in the end that I didn't have a say. So, I voted. I drove thirty minutes from where I live (I forgot to update my change of address before election day), to cast my vote in a little church that happened to be cloaked in the spirit of make America great again. Had anyone in the line known of whom I was about to vote for, I'm sure they would have burnt me at the stake (I live in Alabama). My logic said that there was no way Hillary would ever win the state of Alabama, but I kept thinking maybe I was wrong. So, I did it. I voted for Hillary Clinton. While many others perhaps voted for Trump in protest of the system, I voted for her in protest of everything he represented. I believed that with all of her baggage, her heart was somehow, still in the right place.

And then the impossible became possible.

He did what no analyst could predict. He actually won. How could this be? The country was stunned, including myself, and I honestly believe that ultimately so was he.

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
trump is a marketing genius and i voted for hillary.
trump is a marketing genius and i voted for hillary. | Source

The System Wasn't Rigged

After a few days of grappling with my thoughts and feelings of the reality, we all found ourselves in; President-Elect Trump began to shift on some of his most extreme ideas and promises. His demeanor mellowed, and he seemed to shape-shift into a more reasonable, compassionate sounding grown-up! Then, the President-Elect started to push ideas like, not leaving over 20,000 people without health care before having a better plan in place. Shrinking our bloated government, and getting out of this fiasco of a foreign policy called "nation building," -taking those wasted resources and building our defenses instead. He also spoke heavily on rebuilding the infrastructure of our country. And then now he actually did what he said he would, he made a deal with Carrier in Indiana to keep the nearly 1000 jobs here in the U.S. However, this is already riddled with controversy regarding an issue of $700,000.00 that may be coming out of the taxpayers' pockets of Indiana. That's something we'll have to keep a close eye on.

In the same day, he declares he will be completely removing himself from all of his businesses, to focus solely on the transition and Presidency. This is causing the nay-sayers to be up in arms because he is not "divesting," he is merely handing the 500+ global businesses over to his kids. But, is all this another facade? After all, he has shown himself to be a master of visual trickery and lies. It's like a significant other that has cheated on you, you want to believe them, yet suspicion forever lurks in the back of your mind.

Yes, he's still tweeting ridiculous statements. But, perhaps we are all looking at it the wrong way. Some believe it is an effort to distract, I don't think that is true at all. I believe he uses his Twitter to think aloud. Remember, this guy is a marketing machine! I believe he's a guy that likes to throw ideas at the proverbial wall to see what sticks. If we've learned one thing about this man, it's that he loves a poll. Twitter is like a real-time poll. Just because he floats some thoughts/ideas on there, doesn't necessarily mean he subscribes to that brand of thinking. His singular, upsetting tweet is nothing more than his index and forefinger on the pulse of the public. Don't be mad; it's what he does. He's a salesman, a businessman. If people get upset and rage on about it, then it's certainly something that can be sold, now isn't it? And this is where his idiocracy meets his genius.

Now that the election is over, are you satisfied with the way you voted?

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trump and the ole kansas city shuffle.
trump and the ole kansas city shuffle. | Source

The ole Kansas City Shuffle

While we were all looking off in the distance at the great wall of Trump, he was aligning each playmaker like a chess piece. He may not be a full-fledged Republican nor a full-fledged Democrat, but he is a full-fledged master of the con. He is clearly a calculated man who knows how to manipulate a room. The only questions now are, whether or not he has manipulated his admirers or will he manipulate our country for his personal benefit.

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kellyanne conway . | Source

Kellyanne Conway -Master Pollster

Kellyanne Conway came on board during the same time Steve Bannon joined the Trump team. Master of the polls, Kellyanne had ties through Washington that go far, deep and wide -to include Vice President Elect Pence. Various liberal media outlets and talking heads like believe there is a clandestine connection to Breitbart media.

steve bannon.
steve bannon. | Source

Steve Bannon -Trump's ace in the hole

Without Steve Bannon, Donald Trump would not have been able to tap into a vote that never existed. The forming of the modern day Tea Party years ago, spawned an unnamed movement that grew beyond its humble rural beginnings. A quiet movement that lurked beneath and beyond the so-called Tea Party. The forgotten veterans, the preppers, the conspiracy theory hounds, the folks searching for signs of Armageddon, and yes, even a few so-called white nationalists. Every day, salt-of-the-earth citizens that felt invisible and unheard, even by the Tea Party organization. They all found a home with Trump. The addition of Steve Bannon became a beacon of hope. They were all Steve Bannon's audience, and he knew there were more of them than anyone realized.

Why 538?! America's Weird and Awkward Voting System

Now that President-Elect Trump has made some positive moves and decisions during his transition thus far, are you more hopeful for the future of our country?

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Final thoughts

In the end, there is a new sense of hope in my conflicted heart. This part of me could be wrong, but this does not seem to be the same bumbling idiot we watched for the past year or so. Ultimately, I find myself hand-shy. On one side, people are singing his praises. On the opposing side, they are nit-picking every detail of every decision he has made thus far. I am having difficulty in finding a voice to relate too.

I want to be hopeful and optimistic.

Is it possible, that just maybe, we are looking at a man that has spent his entire life screwing people, finding himself now in the winter of his life, searching for redemption? Could this be a man that wants to finally give back to the people of whom he has taken so much? Is it possible that Donald Trump could end up being one of the greatest Presidents in American history, with his ability to get along with and strike favorable deals with people from various walks of life, behind the scenes? After all of the insults he has slung against virtually every kind of person in existence, can he heal and unite a country he helped further divide?

I just don't know. I can only hope and pray.

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    • simplehappylife profile imageAUTHOR


      20 months ago

      Thank You So Much Char! I really Appreciate that :)

    • firstcookbooklady profile image

      Char Milbrett 

      20 months ago from Minnesota

      Good article!

    • simplehappylife profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago

      I haven't seen that article. I think my largest disappointment with our political system is this whole two party system. The only realistic choices we have are one extreme or the other (and who really knows what Trump will end up being like). I'm libertarian minded (fiscally conservative and socially liberal) and would love to have a president that represents that (because I feel that most Americans are more down the middle than they are left or right.).

      I'm sorry to hear about what you're going through. I can't give up hope that there is a possibility that Trump could actually do some good for our country and that he used an extremely negative campaign and approach to win this, and that's where it ends. I'm an optimistic person and I just want to give him a chance to finally "right" all his "wrongs" by helping the people of this country. There's nothing we can do, he's our President. Like I said, all I can do is pray.

      Only time will tell.

    • primpo profile image


      21 months ago from Brooklyn, New York

      I don't know if you have flip board or not, but I was just looking at an article entitled why you will never get people to switch political sides once the are taken. I don't even have the heart to view it. today is the inauguration and I am refusing to watch it, I changed my profile picture to President Obama and Michelle for a week. I called my brotrrher this morning and first words out of his mouth was "TODAYS THE BIG DAY!!!" I said I wasn't calling for that and that I hate Trump more than I ever hated anyone. That's pretty strong for not knowing him but He is so much like my ex, I mean the way he acts. His personality. really the big ball of vomit is ready to come out... I can't stand it...

    • simplehappylife profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago

      @primpo, I'm glad that you can vent here too :) I hear what you're saying. I'm at a loss myself. I really appreciate your comment and that you could relate to my sentiments and even went through a similar experience.

      I wish I could say that all of that isn't true (he's proven himself to be a liar, countless times), but I don't know. I just couldn't understand how with so much exposure to his lies, how he still ended up with the job. Like I said, I understood the "protest" vote, but there were other choices.

      All I can do is pray.

    • primpo profile image


      21 months ago from Brooklyn, New York

      I am glad I can vent a little on here. I didn't vote for him either, and I too drove over 30 minutes to go vote because I felt so strongly about everything that Trump stood for I stand against. I'm Muslim, my husband is still fighting for citizenship and has been in this country for 35 years . The way he feels and talks about women, the way he treats people that are less than him (i'm talking about money) he wants to get rid of Healthcare that covers all americans with pre conditions, wants to get rid of planned parenthood, wants to do something with the gay community. He just seems like he wants to upset every aspect of everyone's life. I was born here in USA ,.. NJ . he wants to ban muslims? where am I going? back to where I came from? He has 13 women pursuing court cases against him for sexual assault. He is rumored to have raped a 13 year old. I mean I don't know what to think. I think he is a liar and a con man and his whole family is going to help him run the white house? someone help me here.

    • simplehappylife profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago

      LOL...that's so right, Thank You Bill. You are on the same exact wavelength as me. That is exactly what I was trying to point too :) I grew up in the northeast part of the country, so I was already very familiar with Donald Trump (in the 80's). I never liked him back then. He always seemed overly arrogant, egotistical, and shallow (and I was a kid thinking this). He hasn't changed, that I can see.

      So, I'm hoping that maybe I'm right in saying,

      "Is it possible, that just maybe, we are looking at a man that has spent his entire life screwing people, finding himself now in the winter of his life, searching for redemption? Could this be a man that wants to finally give back to the people of whom he has taken so much? "

      Either way, we will survive :) You're right about that. I'm honestly not "worried" about it. I try not to "worry" about anything. It is what it is. I Trust God has a plan and this is all obviously part of that.

      In the end, all will be well :)

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      Bill Holland 

      21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Wasn't it PT Barnum who said "there's a sucker born every minute?" That's what I'm reminded of when I think of the election just passed. Trump is a marketing genius. Make no mistake about it, and he took his marketing skills to the highest level of politics. He promised something missing in millions of lives, and the people signed up for it in droves.

      And now we reap? the benefits of that marketing campaign.

      It should be interesting....or not...but we'll survive, won't we? :)

    • simplehappylife profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago

      Thank You FlourishAnyway :) I appreciate your comment, very much. I hope so too. I'm not a fan of his in any form or fashion. I'm just endlessly optimistic. I can't fight it; it's just my nature to be ;) I am hopelessly hopeful for humanity, lol :)

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      22 months ago from USA

      Although I don't share your views on his crafty brilliance and I think there is a special place in hell for his advisors and defenders, I do like your candor and enjoyed reading your thoughtful description of how you got to where you are in your thinking. And I am very, very, very glad you voted. It's our duty as citizens and particularly a moral imperative for women and anyone else who has ever been denied the right to vote. I hope you are right in your projections that he'll come around. My experience is that narcissists don't evolve.

    • simplehappylife profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago

      Awesome comment Alun. Thank You So Much for coming over, taking the time to read this and then leaving such a well-thought out response.

      "Donald Trump's victory frightens most people, not least for his unpredictability and willingness to speak seemingly without thought or consultation (much less with truth)" You nailed it.

      There are also definitive issues with the electoral college method, but also with a popular vote method (given that the largest number of Americans reside in states like California and Texas). I'm not sure how we could change the system to where it was more fair and better for all. I do know that after this election, there are plenty of people in D.C. trying to figure that out, as we speak. You have a point though, if it was based on a popular vote, would there perhaps be more turn-out that would have turned the state blue? Possibly. Living in Alabama (a DEEP RED) state, everyone that lives here inherently knows that the vote will go to the guy in a red tie. So, why bother with taking time off of work and standing in line for 45 minutes, knowing your blue, or independent vote won't count.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      22 months ago from Essex, UK

      An interesting article and as 'Readmikenow' indicated, very honest. I am glad you voted. Another way of expressing that opening quote by Franklin D Roosevelt is to use the old maxim of Edmund Burke's:

      'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing'

      The right to vote is precious, and if it is not used, then we have only ourselves to blame for the consequences. In this case, if I may be so bold as an outsider from the UK, I do think you voted the right way. Without going into all the reasons, Donald Trump's victory frightens most people, not least for his unpredictability and willingness to speak seemingly without thought or consultation (much less with truth).

      He has certainly been a little more pragmatic since his election, having already backtracked on some of his most outlandish statements, so there is some hope. And I understand your assessment of his Twitter pronouncements. But his attitudes towards climate change, Russia, and nuclear weapons and some other issues, all seriously worry many in the rest of the world.

      In reference to one of the Comments, I do believe that a simple popular vote, should be used to elect a president, because unlike members of Congress, a president represents the entire nation, and every individual American, irrespective of which state they live in. Nonetheless, I would not use that as a basis for saying that Hillary Clinton should be president - if everyone's vote had counted, no doubt many more Democrats may have turned out to vote Clinton in Alabama, but equally, many more Republicans in states like California may have turned out to vote - as it was, they might have felt their vote in an electoral college system would be a waste of time.

      Anyway, I guess you must be hoping that your worries about Trump prove to be unfounded. I am pessimistic, at least as far as policies which have global effects are concerned, so I personally fear for the next four years, and my only hope at the moment is that no lasting damage is done. I'll just have to try and smile through it! :) Alun

    • simplehappylife profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago

      My sentiments EXACTLY. It can seem frustrating for voters that think the popular vote should be the deciding factor. Thank goodness it's not, otherwise California and Texas would be deciding the President-Elect, every time.

      I'm watching closely, looking for the silver linings ;)

      Thank You for reading and your feedback! It is deeply appreciated :)

    • Michael Kismet profile image

      Michael Kismet 

      22 months ago from Northern California

      I watched all three presidential debates, in which I believe Hilary bested him all three times. I understand why the electoral college was enacted, and why it still exists to this day. But, boy was my heart broken when Donald Trump won. I guess at this point we can only hope for the best..

      Anyway, great hub, you definitely have no problems with adding substance to your article, welcome to Hubpages, as well!

    • simplehappylife profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago

      Thank You Very Much Mike :) I somewhat agree with all of your points, but he is by no means a saint either. I sincerely hope he proves everyone wrong and becomes an amazing President of the People. Like many others, I just want our country to be every bit of wonderful that our forefathers envisioned :)

    • Readmikenow profile image


      22 months ago

      Interesting article. I respect your honesty. I'm amazed that Trump took on the Republican establishment and beat them. He then went against a Clinton political machine that has been areal powerful force in American politics for decades. Trump won and never even previously run for public office. That shows a lot of determination. He left a Billionaire lifestyle to endure quite a bit of things thrown at him and his family. He's had to change quite a bit. I believe if the Democrats had run a better candidate, they would've easily won. Hillary had just too much baggage. She'd done too many things too many people found despicable. I don't know the kind of president Trump will make, but it's time to give him a chance. Enjoyed reading your article.


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