After all, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, which came largely from metropolitan, educated whites, African Americans, and Hispanics. And, anyway, the Electoral College should be eliminated for creating this electoral catastrophe. Then show footage of those devastated college kids and rioters holding signs that say “Trump’s Not My President.” They would have you believe that America is split almost 50% between Trump’s and Clinton’s voters. Right?
As usual, that’s not the whole story.
Here’s what their story is missing – a much larger result than the presidency and even the House and Senate and it’s an absolute nightmare for the Democrats. It is the inescapable fact that since 2009 the Democrats have lost so many elections at the state level that they have less representation than any time since the Civil War.
That’s right – you didn’t misread it. Here are some figures to help you get your head around this statement.
- The Democrats only control 13 state legislatures. These 13 states only represent 28% of the U.S. population.
- Republicans control 32 state legislatures. These 32 states represent 61% of the U.S. population.
It’s just as bad a situation for governorships in the U.S.
- There are Democrat governors in just 16 states, which include 40% of the U.S. population.
- Republicans control 33 governorships, which include 60% of the U.S. population.
- Only one state, Alaska, is governed by an independent.
- Democrats control both houses of the legislature and governor’s office in just six states. If you include states where the Democrats control both houses and can override a Republican governor, the number is eight. The population of these states is just 19% of the country.
- Republicans control both houses and governorships in 25 states. If you include states where they could override a Democrat governor, the number grows to 27. The population in these states is 56% of the country.
When you look at it this way, from the bottom up, it’s not really that close, is it? It’s pretty easy to see that the majority of the country has a predisposition to conservative policies or, at least, during the Obama administration, grew unhappy with his administration’s policies. In fact, the numbers I showed you above were almost a mirror image, that is, the opposite, when President Obama took office.
Okay, that’s all very interesting, but it has enormous potential implications for America. “Yuge” you might say…
Most of my former students fell asleep as I droned on about the Constitution, but let me remind you of Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution, which states that state legislatures can propose amendments to the Constitution and call for a Constitutional Convention to discuss the proposed amendment.
Ratification of an Amendment to the Constitution at the convention of states requires that 3/4 of the states vote for the amendment. So that’s 38 States.
Think of the implications. Right now, quietly, six states have voted for an amendment to the Constitution which will put fiscal restraints on the Federal Government to stop its out-of-control spending and keep the deficit from growing even higher than $20 trillion.
What other amendments might be proposed by Republican legislatures? A ban on abortion or gay marriage? Who knows?
Maybe Democrats should stop mourning Trump’s win, throwing around excuses about racism and sexism, homophobia and xenophobia, come out of their safe spaces, and rebuild their decimated party from the ground up.
Democrats should spend some time thinking about why the party has been decimated. They may discover that it has less to do with scapegoats and bad people in the opposition and more to do with policies that have moved too far to the left for the large majority of the country.
And after a good hard look in the mirror, the party could retool and become a viable alternative to the Republicans, because America needs two strong parties to lead the nation and, right now, sadly, the Democrats are not viable.