Protesting Americans Are Not True Democrats

Emily Miki
Posted November 11, 2016 from Cameroon

No matter how shocking an electoral result is the people are to be led by the Elected; going by true democracy.

Democracy by definition means the government by the people. That means that all the people should be able to have their say in one way or another in everything that affects their lives. Dictionaries usually say that this right can either be exercised directly (by all members of a community having the possibility to enter personally, without mediators, their position on a particular issue into the decision making process - modern technology is able to provide this possibility for increasingly larger and larger communities), or through representatives (members of legislative bodies). This second arrangement is then called Representative Democracy.

It is true that going by Rule by the People; democracy should protect the people, include citizen’s access to the opportunity; the government should respect human rights and the rule of law.

Democracy is different people having different ideas. Where persons are not able to express their own individual ideas, it is not democracy. If I have my own ideas, and I cannot express them, within reasonable limits of common ethical standards for the given cultural group, that is not democracy. There must be some minimal cultural standard. The standard must not be too narrow or too broad. You cannot allow persons to say and do distasteful or horrible things, but you also cannot restrict them having views.

It is quite true that Hillary Clinton did not win on Tuesday. And here is what must be said of American politics in 2016: they elected Donald J. Trump president of the United States of America. They did this even knowing exactly what he stood for, exactly what he had threatened to do, exactly what kind of man he was. And also if Hilary had won on the other hand will Trump supporters have protested? Democracy says the shots are called after the elections and the winner stays. Like President Obama who publicly said Trump was unfit to be president all Hilary supporters should welcome the new president and give him a hand shake like President Obama.

Now who is to be blamed? None other than the Americans themselves and by democracy whoever is elected becomes the president. And been people who preach the message of Democracy more than any other people of other nations it is time to accept this fact and live by it. Donald J. Trump wasn’t elected as president by non-Americans and if he was elected by such a majority it only goes to show that a majority of Americans loved him after all and believed in his views and ways. And may have looked beyond Trump’s harsh and insulting words and seen a hope in him; hope to be led by the truth, diligence and friendship.

Furthermore does Trump’s success mean the work to fight racism; sexism and all the many fouls against human rights Americans all stand for didn’t get a great impact on the World’s most powerful nation? Does this mean Americans who have fought for humanities and the holistic rights of all humans have failed?

My answer to this is NO. The activists and all Americans, Trump inclusive did not for one minute fail. Yes it is true that Trump out rightly said he would send back all immigrants when he is president. But have we all for once thought that the first immigrant is his wife Melania the new First Lady and going by his words it means she will be the first to be deported. She in her speech said she was going to fight against Cyber Bullying and work with women and children. Are all these very contrasting views from her husband the new president of America? Would her first individual to mentor and train against cyber bullying be her husband the president? Maybe she has differing opinions about certain things her husband stands for and just maybe she will be that woman who will fight for the rights of the immigrant American.

Any governmental system is fine if the people subjected to this system are happy with it; except if by protesting they are saying their governmental system which has been existing for years is not fine. And this will bring about a call for concern.

“Trust the people” is a great old political slogan, and it’s at times such as these that you have to cling on to it. If you believe in democracy, you have to believe in the people, and you have to bring yourself to believe in Donald Trump, or at least the redemptive power of democracy.

What do you think? Are you happy with this? Share your honest idea in the comment box. Let’s express those feelings we all have about the past American elections.

This story was submitted in response to After the US Election, Make Your Voice Heard.

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allie shep
Nov 11, 2016
Nov 11, 2016

Interesting piece. Unfortunately "democracy" is different in different places - both in my country and in the U.S, the "winner" is not necessarily the one with most votes by the people, but the one who has got the most votes in the right places.

Rights
Nov 11, 2016
Nov 11, 2016

Yes Donald Trump won the election but he is NOT the choice of the majority of Americans as he did not win the popular vote so it is not correct to say that he is the choice of the majority of US voters. True this is the system in effect at this time, but when it produces results like this perhaps its time to change the system  

Emily Miki
Nov 12, 2016
Nov 12, 2016

Yes maybe this just happened to show up the flaws in the system and the need for a change of the system.

Yamuna Hopwood
Nov 23, 2016
Nov 23, 2016

I'd have to agree with you here. The Electoral College was designed hundreds of years ago to benefit white land owners, and our country has long outgrown it. That a candidate like Donald Trump, who represents only a small percentage of the American populace, could lose the popular vote by such a large margin and still manage to scratch and claw his way into the office is living proof of our flawed system.

The only question is this: how do we create a rock solid electoral process that will represent the values of voters in all fifty states without tipping the scales of influence into the clutches of more densely-populated American communities? 

health4hire
Nov 11, 2016
Nov 11, 2016

I respectfully disagree with your statement in your title. American democracy was built on the people's right to protest. In fact, our new nation was formed in protest to England's rule, including the lack of freedom of religion. Now, Mr. Trump has taken many positions that will target certain groups for harm, including blacks, women, immigrants, LGBT, and disabled people. The Americans who are protesting Trump's plans for America are exercising one of the many rights of being citizens of this American democracy. I'm only sorry that these protests didn't begin in response to the atrocities that occurred at Mr. Trump's campaign rallies. Now, it is too late to change the outcome of the election. Instead, your title should be: "Protesting Americans Raise Their Voices to Save Their Democracy."

Emily Miki
Nov 12, 2016
Nov 12, 2016

Thanks Wendy for your reply. I believe that we from the less developed countries who have for years looked up to the American Democracy as the best Democracy and even try on daily basis to copy from Americans find this a little out of place. And also following the media from my end of the world I now see a different Trump from the campaigned Trump. He who had to cancel the Obama Care policy is now accepting some of it, He who said he would lock up Hilary Clinton is now praising her. I honestly want to think there is more to Trump than meets the eye and if he was voted by those number of Americans then it is important to note that there is another side of Trump the world is yet to discover than the side he showed up during his campaign.

health4hire
Nov 12, 2016
Nov 12, 2016

Dear Emilia,

I hope you are right about Mr. Trump being a different person than the one he displayed during the campaign and before his campaign. I look forward to being surprised.

Wendy

Sarah Murali
Nov 11, 2016
Nov 11, 2016

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Emily Miki. I appreciate your call for honest reactions. And thanks also to those who have answered!

Emily, you have sparked a valuable and passionate discussion! The role of protest, the protection of speech and assembly, the system used to carry out elections -- all of these are foundational issues at the heart of democracy. It's critical that we think about how each can be used to protect our democracy. I'm glad to see them discussed here.

It is so important that we share our contrasting views on issues like these. It makes us stronger together. :)

Best,

Sarah

Emily Miki
Nov 12, 2016
Nov 12, 2016

Indeed Sarah I believe we need to share our contrasting views to get to the future we want.

Amanda.elghandour
Nov 12, 2016
Nov 12, 2016

Your article was very interesting. I do agree with you on the fact that Hilary Clinton won the popular vote, meaning most citizens of America had rather hasd Hilary Clinton as President. Because of the system, the popular vote did not very much matter.