"Whenever I've had success, I never learn from it. Success usually breeds a degree of hubris. When you fail, that's when you learn. " - Moby
I admit now it was my arrogance, along with millions of others, that helped The Donald ascend to our most sacred seat of power. I was overly confident that Americans would never sink as low as they did on November 8, 2016.
"Surely", I thought, "we can't have that many people who could push their moron button at the same time and vote in the man who will become President on Friday, January, 20, 2017."
I was wrong. A majority of Americans were wrong.
I could whine as I did back in 2000 when Gore won the popular vote, but lost the election. Until we actually decide to re-write our election laws to reflect a truer form of democracy other than the mutant system we have in place now, any whining I might partake in will be of no use to anyone, especially myself.
I could blame the Internet. I could waste time blaming the Right. And though I would be more on target blaming the Democrats, blame is just so useless. I mean, blame is usually creating excuses for the failure of one's side to marshal enough support to push their agenda over the top.
The blame for this extraordinary Flame-out of the Left should be shouldered by them and no one else. Certainly contributions from outside groups, situations, etc. did not help. But we who voted so confidently for what we perceived to be the best candidate need to acknowledge that we let this happen. We arrogantly underestimated the level of anger out there aimed at every politician in DC, Right and Left.
That I do not understand why so many people are unhappy is what might have set me up for this serious miscalculation. I am in a much better position now than I was in 2007-2008. For me, every year since has seen an upswing. Yeah, it wasn't meteoric, but come on, the hole this country was in eight years ago was certainly worse than now.
That myself and the country are in better straits is a moot point. For some reason, America has decided to chew on the fear of the unknown, rather than spitting it out and getting on with more important things.
So what to do?
First thing I guess is to never assume any group larger than three to have the aggregate IQ they exude as individuals. The IQ of a mob appears to be geometric inverse of the positive one might hope would exist, but does in deed not exist. Herds have no minds, just automatic reactions.
The Democrats I hope will take a serious lesson from this blow and redesign their ground game for the mid-terms coming up.