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As a Canadian intimately interested in the political scene, it is always particularly intriguing to notice how the American presidential run-up is far more closely followed even within our borders than the Canadian election season. This year’s campaigning with the polarizing candidate of Donald Trump took on a fervor unlike any I’ve seen before.

Trump supporters rallied around the many tag-lines attributed to the campaign such as “Make America Great Again” and “Drain the Swamp”. Trump naysayers insisted the man actually had (and still has, I suppose) the capacity with his brashness to launch World War III. Strong words indeed.

Reality Sets In

My first reaction to the election with Trump winning so comprehensively was to write an article detailing how I was not surprised by the result. I waited, however, as I wanted to allow some time to pass and see how things develop. What would the immediate reaction of the general public be?

Over the past few days I have seen many individuals distraught not just by the fact that Donald won, but by the fact that everything they had been hearing leading up to the election was so devastatingly wrong. The media, a slew of celebrities, and the general public buying into these outlets had themselves entirely convinced that Donald was a 5-to-1 underdog in the race.

This is a poignant reminder of just how bad a decision it can be to believe the press. Reading newspapers only confirming one’s own view just leads to a circular belief system. It is important to challenge your views and take in a variety of sources.

Why Did Trump Win?

How can the pollsters get it so horribly wrong? How could Trump pull this off in the face of all of the data?

The fact of the matter is that Trump tapped directly into the pulse of the American public who for so many years have grown disgusted with “the system”. He awakened the consciousness of the masses who desperately wanted real change. People who have been losing their jobs as companies outsource. People who are sick of the establishment.

All too often over the course of the election I have heard people say that “Trump supporters are just rednecks and hillbillies”. Given how things turned out and the resounding victory Trump posted, are we left to believe that the American public in general should be lumped into these derogative categories? I would think not. There was more to this elections than a few gun-loving zealots.

Watching the polls come in on Tuesday night, I was taken by a general sensation that the nation-at-large was pulling for Trump. It was one thing for Trump to take battlegrounds such as Florida and North Carolina with relative ease. It was quite another when it became apparent that former Democratic strongholds were also falling by the wayside. Pennsylvania, for instance, hadn’t gone Red since 1988.

While Clinton was doing well in heavily populated urban areas, it simply was not enough in the wake of Trump support virtually everywhere else.

A Few Remarks

I’d also like to highlight a few other off-the-cuff points. Just some food for thought.

  • Many have been pointing out that Clinton won the Popular Vote while Trump simply won on account of the Electoral Votes. They claim that the people voted for Clinton while Trump only won due to the system. Isn’t it ironic that this is exactly the political system Clinton has been a part of and benefited from so greatly over the past few decades?
  • There is word that Russia would like to rekindle connections with the U.S. following the election. As much as Democratic rhetoric over the past few years has been to “unite” everyone, the Clinton campaign has sought to demonize Russia amid loose claims that Russia has been responsible for hacking and other crimes against humanity. Her campaign criticized Trump, saying that he would like to have a close bond with Russia. Is it just me or wouldn’t it actually make sense to have positive relations with another superpower such as Russia? It certainly makes more sense than trying to reignite the Cold War.
  • What will Clinton’s gameplan be now that she has been defeated both initially against Obama for the 2008 presidency and now head-to-head with the Republican candidate (and now President-Elect) in Trump? Does she hang around the political scene and try again in 2020? I suspect the efficacy of Trump to get things done as he campaigned will impact her decision.
  • While the markets tipped strongly downward as it became apparent Trump was going to win the presidency, they recovered within the morning hours. While short-term volatility should always be expected, I am not anticipating any prolonged weakness based on the election results. Trump has been a highly successful businessman and has a strong understanding of what it takes to run a large enterprise. While governing a nation has its differences, there are also a huge number of similarities; balancing conflicting priorities, being able to see the forest for the trees and not be caught in short-term trivialities, being able to manage and delegate the right people to the right positions and let them succeed.

Conclusion

Like it or not, at this stage Trump has earned his way into the premier job at least in America. He ran an unconventional campaign and managed to catch the attention of the populace. His understanding of the social-media/reality-television world we live in allowed him to remain front-and-center over the course of the past year and a half.

His ability to shake off any controversy and still press forward was his strength. Nothing could shake his supporters and the freshness to his approach won votes from the middle of the aisle.

The question now will be whether Americans from the Democratic side are willing to rally behind their new President. I feel now similar to how I did when Obama took the Oval Office by storm in 2008; hopeful that fresh blood can shake things up and make a real difference. Let us indeed hope that Trump can fulfill his promise to deliver greatness once again to America.

Thank you for reading.

Ryan

What are your thoughts on the election results? Can Trump “Make America Great Again”?

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6 thoughts on “Election 2016: The Calm After The Storm

  1. Great article; and thank you for sharing. I agree completely with everything you said minus ONE little thing: that Russia is a superpower. 🙂 Unfortunately, or fortunately, not making a point there…but Russia is far from a superpower today. Their economic and military power is paltry to what it once was, and does not compete at all with the US currently. Thanks for your thoughts!

    Dan

  2. DivHut says:

    Just another occurrence in the world of “newsworthy” events that no one predicted. Remember how certain EVERYONE was about the Brexit vote going. Pollsters, financial talking heads and everyone else go that way wrong. A market collapse if Trump wins? Things unfold as they do and clearly predicting the future should be left to God, prophets and angels.
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    1. Hey DH,

      Thanks for stopping in. Absolutely… the talking heads genuinely have no clue what will happen from one day to the next. Certainly no more of an idea than you or I. As we’ve both said before, the important thing is to have a durable plan that works under any conditions and stick to it.

      Take care!
      – Ryan

  3. I’m curious as well to see what happens to the markets post election. Most were calling for a sharp downturn and they were dead wrong (so far)

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    1. Hi TDL,

      As you said, many pundits were predicting a downturn if Trump got in. Is it possible these were the same pundits predicting he’d lose altogether? Never trust the prognosticators. The key is to have a plan that works in all climates and to stick to it.

      – Ryan

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