Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thoughts on the Recount

On its face, the call for the recount by the irrelevant Green party (which has subsequently been joined by the Democrats) seems so pointless.  Nothing will be found, yet millions will be spent, and the seed of "the election was stolen" will continue to germinate.  All it is doing is to continue to divide the country and move things further along the stages of grief.

The five stages of grief, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with loss.  For liberals, there is no bigger loss than the one they suffered on election day when a shoo-in candidate was trounced by a blowhard amateur. 

We've seen these stages play themselves out on our social media pages and in our streets.  Anger has been all the rage (please forgive the pun), and the move to recount seems like we're firmly moving to the bargaining stage.  

Will the count help our country heal?  Not by a long shot.  Living in Wisconsin, we've seen what a protracted attack against a legal election can do to a populace.  The recall attempt on Governor Walker drove a wedge in this state that still has ripple effects, up to and including flipping the state to Republican during the presidential election.

Yet the liberals will not learn.  They're doubling down on the wedge.  Instead of trying to win at changing hearts and minds through dialog and conduct, they're clinging to conspiracy theories and anything that could possibly explain how in the world Hillary could have been beaten by him.

We're a long way away from acceptance, and I fear for what our country will have to endure to get there.

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