Double Down on Honesty
I grew up watching television. I watched Mike Douglas, Hugh Downs, I saw David Letterman do the weather, I watched Merv Griffin and even Dick Cavett. I watched the Watergate scandal unfold on daytime television, I was Brian Benben in my own 60 Minutes-Dream On mash-up. I watched the assassination attempts on two presidents. I watched a man walk on the moon. I saw the beginning of a 24-hour entertainment, sports and news network. I even saw the first man on the moon promote a network entirely devoted to music videos.
I have a smart phone, tablet, laptop, and a desktop computer, they all have screens. I read the news every day. I read at least 3 publications every day.
I grew up with a new World Almanac on the coffee table, it was always the final go to for answers. I grew up asking questions, and it hasn't stopped as I've gotten older.
Honest facts and no agenda seems like a good target.
This being the first post, we'll look at the voter facts in the 2016 Presidential Election.
No matter where you align yourself politically, the information below is fact based. It shines a light on the election results and addresses the results from a different point of view. Honesty.
There's no problem with facts because they're facts.
If you google "alternative facts", you'll have 3,170,000 results returned.
President Trump loudly shares his feelings about the phony press and the lying media. Relationships between the press and presidents have always been prickly. In 1939 then President Roosevelt was annoyed with a press conference, he is quoted saying "some boob got that off", he began taping conversations to ensure accuracy. President Trump's relationship with the press seems a bit more prickly than relationships in the past.
In 2016 it is estimated (http://cookpolitical.com/file/2016_vote.pdf) that the eligible voting population was just a little over 231 million (represented in the infographic). And the total voting age population is about 250 million people (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VAcF0eJ06y_8T4o2gvIL4
President Trump continues to rail on about his victory, the quotes below come from his 1/26/17 television interview.
“What’s going on with voter fraud is horrible. That’s number one. Number two, I would’ve won the popular vote if I was campaigning for the popular vote. I would’ve gone to California where I didn’t go at all. I would’ve gone to New York where I didn’t campaign at all. I would’ve gone to a couple of places that I didn’t go to. And I would’ve won that much easier than winning the electoral college. But as you know, the electoral college is all that matters. It doesn’t make any difference. So, I would’ve won very, very easily. But it’s a different form of winning. You would campaign much differently. You would have a totally different campaign . . . I would’ve easily won the popular vote, much easier, in my opinion, than winning the electoral college. I ended up going to 19 different states. I went to the state of Maine four times for one. I needed one.”
”Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting."
“No, no, you have to understand, I had a tremendous victory, one of the great victories ever. In terms of counties, I think the most ever or just about the most ever. When you look at a map it’s all red. Red meaning us, Republicans. One of the greatest victories ever. But, again, I ran for the electoral college. I didn’t run for the popular vote."
FACT: More than 7 out of every 10 registered voters did not vote for either candidate in the two major parties.
Yes, 70% of all voters did not vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
22% of all registered voters elected our president. Do the values of 22% of the voters represent the values all Americans?
If not, here are a few links where you can voice your opinion.