There is a fitting Portuguese term that I feel applies to last night’s election. Literally, it translates into “Good Work”. However, that is not what it means. The literal translation fails to capture the true snarkiness and almost karma-esque nature behind the meaning. The term I’m referring to is “Bem Feito.”
For instance, say a child talks back to his parents, then turns around to leave and smacks his head on the door jam: BEM FEITO! Or say someone is playing the fool and is warned to knock it off, then falls and injures herself: BEM FEITO! Or say someone is running for president and rigs the primary, threatens anyone who opposes her, holds back criminal information, abandons those in her care, dismisses a majority of her constituency and is outright dishonest: BEM FEITO!
Before I go on, I want to point out the tallies in several states. I’ll be using R to represent Republican, D for Democrat and I for a third party whether it be Libertarian, Green or something else. I want to focus on the states that voted Republican but were very close.
Arizona: R 50% D 45% I 5% # of Electoral Votes: 11
Florida: R 49% D 48% I 3% # of Electoral Votes: 29
Georgia: R 51% D 46% I 5% # of Electoral Votes: 16
Michigan: R 48% D 47% I 5% # of Electoral Votes: 16
North Carolina: R 51% D 47% I 2% # of Electoral Votes: 15
Pennsylvania: R 49% D 48% I 3% # of Electoral Votes: 20
Utah: R 46% D 28% I 26% # of Electoral Votes: 6
Wisconsin: R 48% D 47% I 5% # of Electoral Votes: 10
Clinton got 228 Electoral Votes.
In a couple of the above states (say, for instance, Florida and Pennsylvania), had Clinton managed to secure the Independent vote, she would have won the electoral votes and the presidency.
So for those who said a vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein was wasted, who’s crying now? As far as I’m concerned my hand was forced. Clinton rigged the primaries and completely ignored her constituency. I voted for her eight years ago when she ran against Obama, but I couldn’t do that this time around. I had to take a stand and I do not regret it.
Being a member of the Armed Forces I was terrified of having her as my Commander in Chief. She has shown she does not care for those in her care. I do not trust her with America’s fighting forces, and for those of you with friends and family in the military, I don’t see how you could either.
Yes, in California my vote for Johnson didn’t amount to much, but in other key states we were heard very loudly. We weren’t going to be forced into voting for the lesser of two evils even though one of them was a guaranteed victor.
So, America, I say you got what you deserve. You chose to support the wrong individuals from the get-go. Throughout the election you dismissed a large group of citizens who could have have won you the presidency. So with that I say again: