So we all now know who our next president will be, like it or not. As you all know, I have been on a rant to get everyone to vote. I recently found out about 46 percent of those Americans who could have voted didn't.
Suffice it to say, Trump won by a slim margin. He actually lost the popular vote, but the way the Electoral College is set up, he did win the Electoral votes needed.
This reminds me of what happened to Al Gore in 2000, when he lost the presidency but won the popular vote. We have been at war in Iraq ever since. I can't help but wonder if that wouldn't have happened if Gore had been elected.
Please note the photo Herman took of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's historical marker in Johnstown with all the "I voted" stickers showing how we honor the lady born here in Johnstown who helped get women the vote and now there has even been a woman who ran for the highest office and actually won the popular vote!
Since nearly half of those who could have voted didn’t, Trump was only voted in by about a quarter of the voting population. As of this writing, nearly a million more votes were cast for Hillary and there may be more to come.
And I have yet to have anyone explain to me what in the world the Electoral College is or does in any meaningful way. Even Trump ranted against the Electoral College in 2012, calling it "a disaster" and saying there should be a "revolution." (Go to: http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/14/13623946/trump-electoral-college-votes)
Right now, everyone from Obama and Clinton on down seems to be trying to make nice with the president elect. I watched the whole 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl and I’m still not any more enthused with him. Apparently protesters across the country aren’t either.
I saw that Steve Bannon, former Breitbart boss who is “alt-right,” as in white supremacy and anti-Semitic, was chosen as his “chief counsel,” I can’t say I am feeling any better about the whole thing.
Since my mother barely escaped Nazi Germany with her life, this is all a little too real for me.
I wish I had a light-hearted quip to put at the end of this column, but I really don’t. Better buckle up, this may be a bumpy ride.