USA: Not My President

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 28, 2016 in News & Opinion |

You can go back all the way through history and study every single country which has an elected officer at its head, and you’ll find exactly what we have in the United States today: a group of people claiming that this person is not their person, because they did not vote for him. We’ve had it during Barack Obama’s presidency from Republicans; during the Bush years from Democrats; we’re going to have it during the Trump years.

Not My President

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So many people who have not understood how the democratic will works – even with an Electoral College such as in the States – the person elected is President for all, even when some did not vote for him to her. There will always be someone who voted for the other candidate, but that doesn’t stop the elected person from being the one taking office, and from being the one who should represent all citizens, regardless of their political leanings.

The fact that the Electoral College is not an ideal form of democracy, since it can easily happen – as this year, once again – that the most popular candidate, the one with the most votes, does not achieve election, is something which must still be addressed by Congress. But the President is still ‘our’ President, whether we voted for him or not, whether he wish to accept him or not.

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