With the election of Donald Trump last week being based on the Electorial College vote and not the popular vote, many in America are protesting. With the belief that Donald Trump stands firmly against his or her values many are taking to the streets in, mostly, peaceful protests against President-Elect Trump.
Many of these protests will begin after a new cabinet member’s appointment is floated to the media. Recently illegal immigrants who qualify for the “Dreamers” program, have decided to come to Washington to ask President Obama to pardon them before the Trump administration begins. “Dreamers” are illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children who had no bearing on the choices of his or her parents. He or she was raised going to American schools, with American friends, but without the status that allows him or her to legally go to college or gain entry into legal American society. The “Dreamers” program allows people like this to receive work permits and a fast track towards citizanship, legalizing his or her status in the country.
Due to the rhetoric of the Trump campaign being so divisive minorities and women are afraid of their rights being taken away. Minorities are facing racism and discrimination in their work and school.
Trump was elected by a group of people who have seen the culture of their country change rapidly and feel as though the government isn’t working for them. The minority groups feel as though the privilege this other group had been afforded for so many years means that their concerns aren’t important enough to be justified. Rather than true inclusion, two groups had formed, and this is why the election is so polarizing.
The 2000 election was not only decided by the Electorial College, but by the Supreme Court. The viewing public watched as 9 men and women in robes decided who would be president of the United States, and there were no riots. Power was handed from one president to another, the same way it had been 42 times before that.
And it will happen again. Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. Maybe the Electorial College will be challenged and abolished, that would take an amendment to the constitution. But this election will hopefully wake up the 46% of Americans who did not vote, to not allow their country to be governed by such a small group of people.