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Clinton's Loss Was Just the Tip of the Iceberg

By Rob Tenery, MD on December 12, 2016

This country seems to be caught up in the outcome of this election. Trump won the Electoral College by 74 votes, whereas Clinton appears to have won the popular vote by 2.5 million.*  Unless the three-state recount proves differently, Donald Trump will lead this country for at least the next four years.

In their wisdom, the authors of the Constitution created the Electoral College to protect the country from the whims of a vulnerable electorate, as seen in a pure democracy. The College also gave representation to the less populous states that could easily be dominated by a union of the Eastern seaboard and the states in the far West. Thus, the recent cries by many in the Democratic Party to do away with the current system is not in keeping with our forefather’s plan of a Democratic Constitutional Republic.

President Obama has now called for an investigation of the whole 2016 election, inferring that sources other that voter preference changed the outcome of the election. The term ‘fake news’ has been recently coined to describe false information that was released to the public that could have swayed their vote.

There seems to be little question that the WikiLeaks’ emails were damaging to Clinton’s campaign. Also, the FBI’s James Comey reopening the investigation into the Clinton email scandal a little over a week before the election, took the heat off Trump’s degrading comments about females and dropped it back in Clinton’s lap. Obama, Clinton and the DNC have not yet disproved the validity of most of the information in the leaked emails, instead criticizing those who hacked into them, claiming the Russians are at least partially responsible for the Trump win.

These weren’t what lost Clinton and the Democratic Party the election! It was the candidate herself, the Party’s platform, and the far left shift by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, which claimed a continuation of four more years of President Obama’s ideology.

First, Clinton was a flawed candidate from the start. Even though she had the support of the DNC, over 600 of the Democratic Superdelegates and the majority of the mainstream media, she would have lost to Bernie Sanders if the Superdelegate vote had gone the other way.  She was actually hindered by her many years in the political arena, but lack of accomplishments to show for it.  Add to that Benghazi, her illegal use of an unsecured server, the Clinton Foundation controversy, the cover-up and Clinton’s inability to connect with the ‘common man’. The only area she bested Trump was that her disapproval rating was slightly lower than his.

The DNC was in the pocket for Clinton from the start. Bernie Sanders and the other early candidates just wasted their supporters’ money. With Debbie Wasserman Shultz making the rules on the number and times of the debates to benefit Clinton and, her replacement, Donna Brazile giving Clinton inside information about questions in the upcoming debates, many loyal Democrats, especially Bernie’s supporters were turned off.

In the last weeks of the campaign, President Obama, trying to preserve his own legacy, said electing Clinton was about continuing the policies he had already enacted. With the continuing wars in the Middle East, ‘leading from behind’, the questionable Iran deal, the unaffordable rates for Obamacare, the illegal immigrants flooding our southern border, exploding crime rate, especially in the inner cities, and trade deficits continuing to expand, enough of the electorate said ‘no more’, and elected Donald Trump President.

This repudiation of Obama’s policies goes much deeper than just this Presidential election. Since Obama came into office the Democrats have lost 69 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 13 seats in the Senate, which is more than any president since Truman. They also lost more than 800 seats in state legislatures, and control in both the governor’s mansions and the legislatures in six states.

It’s time for the Democrats to quit concentrating on the what ifs. It didn’t start with Hillary Clinton. The electorate began to quit believing, when Obama began to try to make good on his campaign promise of ‘Change we can believe in’.

* Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in California by 3.4 million votes





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