Dear American friends, please realize this:
Political campaigns & elections are a show, a theatre, to entertain you and make you believe you are participating in a democracy.
Was there election rigging? I cannot almost imagine there could be an election without it! Both sides rig, all they can. I don’t even doubt it.
But the biggest rig in this whole show was this (and the dead giveaway that it’s only a drama, staged for You:) There were only two parties.
Psychologically, targeting the good/evil narrative in people. More options? Nope. Not seriously.
It was, on the emotional and publicity level, the equivalent of a showy duel between two highly versed sword-fighters, Captain Barbossa vs Captain Jack Sparrow. (Enter the background music.) Both candidates were no doubt aware of what they were doing. It never was a real battle to the death; it was only supposed to look like that to the audience.
Jab, stab, parry. You talk locker-room-style dirty about women; I call your voters “deplorables”. Both made some strategically brilliant moves; both made strategic mistakes. In the end, they congratulated each other. Good sportsmanship.
Shockingly, some of the voters did not display the same sportsmanship.
I am reminded of this (currently here, in this my own country – university “protest”) :
Flag-burning, rubbish-burning, car-burning… Is that American? Is this how Americans protest a political development? Really, America?
It wasn’t a take-over. It was a democratic vote. The People Have Spoken. It may have surprised many what The People have to say; believing The People to be some sort of unified mass is a mistake many of us make. I think, setting aside the possibility that the entire show was nothing but distraction, people underestimate how many people live below the breadline in desperate conditions. Maybe that was the most shocking revelation in this whole effort. America, are you ashamed of your poor?
Come on now. The show is over; time to get back to work. You will not overnight be out of a job (unless you get yourself locked up for flag-burning). Nobody wants a “World War 3”. Oh, except the oil-grabbers. You’re saddled with those no matter who sits on America’s “throne”. In essence, people: You will be fine, as long as you make sure (and not by burning stuff, that’s really civilized, now isn’t it) that your petitions reach your government’s ears, that you can have referenda etc.
Good luck, stand strong, and stay blessed.