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Hard to imagine a scenario where another country’s election could still feel so consequential here. With everything raw and sinking in on that night four years ago in the shock of the way the vote went, a wise person summed it up to me quite well... “everyone gets a vote.” Folks whose anger and frustration had been taken for granted stood up and put an angry, fearful, selfish person with no apparent capacity to empathize in as powerful of a chair as there is. Concern at the time was that it would legitimize a selfish, no empathy, divisive way of thinking and embolden those who practice it. Emboldened they have been, and much wider than just in that country where we’ve seen some of the same attitudes even show signs of seeping more into the spotlight here in our own country. My call in Nov 2016 was to draw parallels to our own Mayor election of the time. While the personalities and ideologies in this election and our own are nowhere in the same stratosphere and are in many ways opposites, my gut was and is that we’ll see a similar outcome and a reminder in the other direction that “everyone gets a vote.” A large chunk of the electorate angry and dissatisfied enough with being ignored by the change they put in power for the prev four years turning out in massive numbers to make a resounding statement in favour of the new (yet still very familiar), safe and predictable candidate. I hope I’m right because human decency, facts, science and the rule of law wouldn’t take well to a victory the other way and the statement it would make well beyond that country’s borders. We’ll be sharing a border an hour away from what could effectively be an authoritarian state and there’s no telling what four more years could mean even for our own country as a result. The current president will zero doubt not go quietly, but In the aftermath I hope that enough of a mandate shakes out to allow for the kind of changes and new checks and balances that would set an example for the world on how to prevent this from ever happening again. When the dust settles, after some introspection and necessary change I hope that they end up with (at least) two competitive parties respectful of democracy in future years to help their country back on the path to something resembling a stable democratic state.
That's a long way of saying to put me down for "Jim Carrey" by at least 7% of popular vote, at least 60 in electoral college and enough to flip senate including a statement voting out of a name that's been considered to be a key part of the last four years.
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