Election 2016 Anthology


By Vandee

November 2016 is on its way out, and good riddance to it.

I’m keen to move on to my Christmas material, but wanted to organize some of my thoughts re: US election.

First, Trump is horrible and terrifying; members of his inner circle are horrible and terrifying; this whole situation is horrible and terrifying.

Second, I must admit the issue I’ve had the most trouble grappling with has been making sense of 60 million Trump voters in a moral context.  Should we on the Left be willing to listen to the concerns of folks who voted Trump, (if only to win their votes at the next election), or should we call them out as terrible people and continue the progressive struggle?

I still don’t have an answer.

Finally, I’ve written six pieces on the election, and have gotten feedback in the form of WordPress comments, Facebook replies, and IRL conversation.  Hearing from other people has been instrumental in helping me make sense of this whole election business.

Thank you to everyone who commented and contributed – if you didn’t, I’d never learn.

I’ve had a bit of a change of heart concerning a few points I’ve made – especially those found in my “live reaction” piece See, Mirror, Darkly.  I considered pulling the piece, but thought it best if it remained as a reference for Future Vandee.

Placed in the context of the other five election pieces I wrote, those live reactions make some sense, at least in terms of the emotional journey this whole rotten business has become:


Trump’s Funnel: The Flipside of Feel Politics – June 1, 2016

Vandee muses on some of the less intuitive aspects of PC culture, and explores how the reaction to political correctness helps to fuel the Trump movement

The Declivity of Demonization – June 6, 2016

During the California primaries, Vandee reflects on how both sides put Godwin’s Law into practice

Tripping Over the Line in the Sand – September 20, 2016

Vandee reacts to Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” statement, and explores how the Dems’ tactics could backfire

See, Mirror, Darkly – November 9, 2016

In a whiskey-fueled live reaction to the election, Vandee blames the Left for Trump’s victory

Into Muddier Waters.. – November 15, 2016

Vandee struggles with divisions on the Left, and wonders how Trump can be defeated in the future

Better Behind the Curtain? – November 18, 2016

Vandee reacts to Trump’s first cabinet appointees, and sees an opportunity for unity in the darkest place imaginable