According to elections officials, over 80 million Americans voted for Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Vice ‑Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris.
They also reported that 73 million turned out for the Trump/Pence ticket.
Both Biden and Trump managed to turn out more votes, if not voters, than any other candidates in presidential election history. The secret sauce in this, could be the loathing some harbor for Trump on the one hand, and on the other, the love others have for him, and his hate-filled crusade.
Another possibility, or in addition to that, maybe people will vote if you make it easy for them to do so. Trump and his Republican cohorts have been fighting tooth and nail across the country to make it difficult for all qualified Americans to vote.
Republican Legislatures in Pennsylvania, down through the Carolinas to Texas and places far beyond, have enacted laws that not only make it difficult for people to vote, but have demonstrably sought to limit the voting rights of tens of millions of Americans of color.
Those actions include but are not confined to closing down polling places in communities of color i.e. in African-American communities and close to Native-American reservations.
In Texas, the Republican Governor Gregg Abbot unashamedly removed all drop boxes except one in Houston, a city heavily populated with Black people. Removing the drop boxes was designed to make it exponentially more difficult for the state’s residents to drop off their ballots.
In what was a clear sign of how politics has made the American court system hardly distinguishable from raw racial, political mudwrestling, the Texas Republican Appeals court upheld Abbot’s disgusting and nauseating move to disenfranchise millions of voters.
As we seek to understand the message of the last elections, there is much to ponder. If 80 million people voted for Biden-Harris and the Democratic party, why on God’s green Earth would they not vote to remove the disgusting old curmudgeon Mitch McConnel as Senate Majority leader.
Everyone saw how McConnel obstructed President Obama’s agenda and, in the final analysis, how he created his own rule to block Judge Merrick Garland from receiving a hearing for placement on the highest court almost eleven months before the 2016 elections.
He then changed his own rules to place a right-wing reactionary in Amey Coney Barrett on the court in the month of the elections as Americans were already voting.
I don’t believe any facts about McConnel would have prevented his backwoods supporters in Kentucky from re-electing him as their senator.
It is their right to elect whomever they wish to represent them. We expected that more enlightened and educated people across the country would vote to remove him from senate leadership.
How could Democrats and Independents who saw the last four years of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnel’s treachery vote to remove Donald Trump but keep Mitch McConnel while reducing the power of Nancy Pelosi?
It makes absolutely no sense!
Sure, there is a tiny sliver of a chance that somehow, voters in Georgia could hand the senate leadership to Charles Schumer, but that is a long-shot, in a state that is still a Republican stronghold.
Even if all the forces of runoff elections were to smile on the Democrats come January, it still does not negate the fact that the November vote made no sense.
Why would Democratic and Independent voters not show the same loathing they felt for Trump and his faux Christian sidekick Mike Pence, to House and Senate Republican leaders who have enabled him over the last four years.
Why would they vote to empower state Republicans in State after state?
The sad reality is that the Democratic voter base may not be as educated as we would like to believe. The numbers that voted tells one story.
Many people voted, but did they vote in an educated and informed way outside of their disdain for Donald Trump?
Making it easier for people to vote is one thing; getting people to make really informed decisions outside of raw passion is quite another.
The lesson I have gleaned from the elections are stark; they are not what I was hoping for, but failing new and scientific exit polling results emerging, I believe the Republicans focused on not just keeping Donald Trump in office; they wanted to ensure that Trump’s racist and divisive policies were solidified from county boards all the way through the statehouses and all branches of the Federal Government.
Seventy-three million of them wanted the racism that has characterized Donald Trump’s divisiveness and racism, to become the new normal in America. They turned out in unprecedented numbers to solidify those beliefs.
There are more Democrats and other voters in America, than those who cast votes for the worst person to occupy the presidency in my lifetime. The 2020 election results bore that out. They voted straight red down the ballot.
Democrats, on the other hand, turned out, and voted by mail, in unprecedented numbers; what they lacked, however, was the same fervor and focus of the racist Trump voters.
They ensured that they booted Donald Trump, but they ignored the other races. They paid no attention to the Senate, nor House, not their own local races.
That failure must be laid solely at the feet of Tom Perez and the Democratic National Committee.
Republicans cleaned up, by being more focused on what was important to them. It has always been that way; Democrats ignore races in their own communities; Republicans do not.
Republicans are Zealots, there are no Democratic legislatures or Governors in deep blue states.
That’s why Republicans control statehouses, governorships, and other elected positions even in deep blue states.
Democrats, and to whatever extent there are independent voters, better wise up real fast; the people who vote Republican have zero pauses about turning this 250-year-old experiment into a totalitarian dystopia for everyone except themselves.
Did you hear the elected officials in that party open their mouths to denounce the Russian-style propaganda that was unleashed on the American Democratic process over the last four years?
Then let that be a lesson to you; the pull of privilege and racial superiority is greater to them than a free and fair society in which all have an equal shot.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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