Rhymes with Orange: The Aftermath of the Election
In the wake of a chaotic, crucial decision regarding the foreseeable future of not only the U.S., but the entire world, many have been left despondent. With Donald Trump having been officially elected as the next president of the United States of America, many are starting to find themselves questioning the Electoral College system. It is a voting system in which a certain number of Electoral Votes are given to each state based on the size of its population, and yet the number of citizens required to equate one vote differs from state to state. Many find it grossly unfair that, for example, California needs three times the number of people per Electoral Vote as in Wisconsin, even though the latter has a significantly smaller population. This election, the polls have shown that Hillary Clinton did, in fact, have the majority of individual votes from American citizens, but when filtered through the Electoral system, it took away significant power from the mass amounts of Clinton supporters in larger Democratic states.
Not only has the illogical nature of the election outcome baffled and upset people, but the actual implications of the imminent Trump presidency. People attack Trump on his looks, personal life and connections, and policies equally, claiming he is overall entirely unfit to assume the position of president. How can someone so enthusiastic about revoking civil liberties, pitting people against each other, and shouting any angry thoughts that enter his head be the leader of the free world? The past years have seen some long-awaited, hard-fought victories in civil rights, and many fear that the upcoming presidential term may pose a threat to both the progressive attitudes and laws recently developed.