Friends and readers,
Only a few people talking about the US election on face-book, at least not in my limited home feed.
I’m told some imposed algorithm prevents me from getting most of the messages of my 249 friends onto my general page; to look at these I have to go to each person’s timeline one at a time. Come to think of it this is a way of limiting social interaction and community building at the same time as face-book gathers as much information about the person on the site as they please, and sends it on, or blocks people as required.
So I’ll put this here and then offer the URL on face-book and twitter and my listservs:
While the election is gerrymandered, so that in each case an artificial grouping is obtained; the proportions rotten in the way of later 19th century boroughs in the UK (2 senators for states with hardly any people and 2 senators for hugely crowded states); and the choices were limited by who could get money to run ads and please local powerful constituents, and the electorate such as it is, increasingly successfully stymied by many attempts to stop people voting; nonetheless there was an election, and the majorities of the groups voting chose the worst candidates most often, Republicans who threaten to shut down the government, who have and will continue to destroy unions, public schools, the Affordable Care Act, destruction of social communities as people hunt any and everywhere for whatever sort of jobs they can find, and spend most of their waking lives at them; or a middle class job and similarly use up their life at it; punitive militarized police … &c&c. The list is long and I need not particularize further. After all the gerrymandering, artificial grouping, stymied voting has come about through previous similar electoral and socially active groups and their supreme and other court results.
One has also to take into consideration that Obama and the democrats did not deliver on jobs programs, on a single payer and good health care system, on really working to make good public schools, on housing, on public transportation. Obama has not done outrageously evil things and has stopped some from happening, but that is not enough to get people out to vote for him and his colleagues.
So in a nutshell, those who voted voted stupidly, fooled by character ads and hot senseless talk (“against Washington” as a cover for coming in and giving away to the rich and powerful the material assets and money of this country), they voted for more immiseration here and more horrific wars abroad. They will get these things. The puzzle is how they must feel what has happened around them personally and many knows this is the result of conservative politicians’ votes: among other things this will mean cutting back women’s control over their bodies more and more (men seem to want this), and increasing cancers for all in young, middle years, middle aged people as the environment and things we ingest and use are further chemically polluted (all the while the newspapers continue to blame the cancer victims and shout how complicated these problems are without funding fundamental research to the level needed).