The American people did
democratically select a strategy
for POTUS and the USA
for the next four years.
What they did (with little knowledge of what they were doing) was participate in a complex process (with many hidden components) that determined a specific human person who will (probably) assume the office of POTUS in January, 2017. That person may be Donald Trump, but there are possible scenarios where it won’t be Trump. And, it is likely that the process was manipulated and not conducted as to proper rules.
I am reminded of the Brexit vote in the UK. A great many of those voting for Leave-the-EU had no idea of what that entailed and the consequences they might experience. Their referendum was also a complex process, severely limited in terms of what the voters learned about their choices and their consequences. What the population learned after the vote, if they had known before referendum, “Stay-in-EU” would probably have won. Yet, there was no movement to hold another vote. Why not?
In this USA election 2016 few persons “adequately comprehended” what they were voting for-&-against; although most believed that they did.
Most Americans, even those directly participating in the campaigns, blandly believe that the outcome of the process must be accepted; even though there are multiple ways that the process may have been manipulated and hacked. Indeed, there is strong evidence that the total vote count in a few key states were altered in favor of Trump.
It isn’t the flaw of our Electoral College system, it is because that system can be manipulated to tip the election away from who would have won the Electoral College, without the manipulation. This, I believe was done in the elections of 2000, 2004, and now 2016. Is there any process to bring this to “trial”, and why isn’t it being done? Possibly any attempt would incite civil war. Yet, many were concerned, before the election, that Trump would actually do something to derail the election, if he didn’t win.
Is it the tragic case, that there are no constitutional methods to question whether an election was honest, or how to fix the outcome? The gross inadequacy of our “heralded” Constitution is being revealed. The American Constitution has no Teeth!
Electoral Democracy in the USA is a grand farce. I say this not because I fear one candidate over the other. I have no confidence in knowing what a Trump POTUS will do, or what a Clinton POTUS would have done. I can imagine strong negatives for each, and some positives for each. I am also totally convinced that neither would/will do what I believe must be done to avoid the slow slide into oblivion for humankind/Gaia in the next few decades.
For me, whatever the next four years brings, I and others must treat those happenings as the societal environment within which our alternative, uplifting/learning/organizing “movement” will engage/move-through.
Although it will not be our primary goal to reform the established orders, we must be aware – in sufficient detail – of our critical societal environments created by those established orders; so our actions can be optimally successful. Our societal environments will contain both dangers and opportunities, toxins and resources.
There are so many different dimensions to the farce, that one might laugh if it weren’t so serious.
POTUS is not all powerful. Even with the House and Senate Republican, there is no guarantee that Trump can do anything he wants. The President of the United States is not dictator or King. Democrats are organizing to slow Trump/Republican actions, as the Republicans have done for Obama.
It is unlikely that Trump can have the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, or FBI take actions that the leaderships of these entities strongly oppose. Nor can Trump move for legislation or actions that major corporate forces oppose.
And, if I read my history correctly, presidents have been assassinated if they threaten too radical change. The “ship” of the USA is massive, with great inertia and resilience.
On the other hand, what power does a new POTUS have in creating his own, new Executive System. Might they write their own “Plum Book“.
As I write this, the Trump/team is slow on making arrangements to fill the slots of staff and to make contact with agencies. Instead of filling these positions, what if Trump/team plan to dismantle the whole, “drain the swamp” (an inefficient and corrupt bureaucracy) – and create a new organization. Could a new POTUS demand new patterns of relationship with the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, etc.?
Most really important issues facing the USA were never part of the campaigns. Where some were briefly mentioned, they were trivialized and misrepresented. Yet, most Americans believed that the so-called issues that were discussed ARE what is most important. As important as those issues that now impact persons and families are (e.g. “rights”), they will be moot given the major Crisis-of-Crises unfolding everywhere on Planet Earth. The true Magnitude/Scope/Complexity of our Crisis-of-Crises is beyond the ability of most humans to comprehend; and will continue to be outside the deliberated concerns of governments (and media).
Today, the USA is far, far from what the MSM (including entertainment) presents to the population – and it is only through media that persons can learn of life beyond their immediate environment. The alternative media (cyberspace) can provide some other information, but no one can learn what is really going on “at the top”. Furthermore, most Americans haven’t learned what to look for and have been propagandized to believe myths fed to them. One example is the technological reality of JOBS in the tailwind of technological advancements. The decaying infrastructure of the USA makes us very fragile. Many of our communities have militarized police that prey on their populations. Etc.
I could go on, outlining other dimensions of the USA that reveals it, to not be as “good” as we believe it to be – a “system” to trust in the future. On some dimensions, other nations are better than us. For example, health care. But, no nations, no governmental or economic systems are improving so we can succeed in facing our Crisis-of-Crises.
There are no CAUSES to what is happening in the USA and Gaia.
A “SYSTEM” of enormous Magnitude/Scope/Complexity “EMERGES”. This emergence is a continuation of the evolutionary processes within our Living Gaia, modified by many fundamental innovations accompanying the emergence of humankind within Gaia. There were no definitive causes to the phenomenon of Elections 2016 in the USA. There were many interacting factor involved, “countervailing forces”, their “interference” often as relevant as the factors themselves. For example, the “media” impacts everything else, and is itself the result of the interaction of many other factors. The education/knowledge of each citizen is a primary variable. Can “democracy” really exist without a fully competent citizenry?
Of primary concern to me, is the shift of personal wrlds to extreme polarization bordering on WARFARE TO THE DEATH, between “worldviews”. Recently, Jonathan Haidt, in a TED interview, characterizes this shift in the USA effecting more than half the population, as one of deep disgust.. I have long worried of an outcome analogous to the civilwar/genocide in Rwanda, occurring in the USA.
Social media in cyberspace is an ideal “pressure cooker” for runaway madness, as is evidenced when reading the viscous tweets and FaceBook comment threads. Now we witness the explosion of Fake News and Fake Scientific Reports. These fuel The Donald, as much as The Donald fuels his audiences.
There is a positive side to the recent happenings. There is clear evidence that our Sci/Tech knowledge about humans and human change is grossly inadequate to our needs. This realization, requires that we attend to OUR inadequacies and dysfunctions, and begin applying our best in bootstrapping OURSELVES to greater and greater competencies/knowledge. The “OUR” refers to the small number of positive change agents aware of this; we cannot expect to convince the majority at this time.
We need to better comprehend OUR emergence, and the future emergence of Humankind into Humanity. We can influence the directions of change within an emerging nu SYSTEM. What we can’t do is successfully TRANSFORM existing societal systems. The ascendance of Trump and his supporters (85% of the land area voting Trump, 46% of the voting population voting Trump) renders the transformation of humankind more unlikely (it can emerge by metamorphosis, transformation is not the only option).
The USA will be different depending on its POTUS and other political factors. Different peoples will gain or lose. What we cannot say is which will be better for us, and the whole of humankind, in the more distant future. In my view, all the existing models for governance and economics are inadequate for our survival/thrival. Take this setback as a warning sign that we have been deluding ourselves that we have been doing what we need to do. Humankind today possesses vast potentials to creatively emerge a nu humanity in the midst of our decaying humankind (societal environment).
I call for this option to be explored.