Calmes: The Jan. 6 committee did the country proud but it hasn’t changed our calcified politics. You’re getting what you paid for. The election was only about one vote. I didn’t watch the debates.
By now, we all know what happened at the end of the campaign. The voters in this country rejected the politics of fear, which is how Trump won. We’re going to have to live with the results, but we’ll be better for it.
I’m not talking about how I’m going to get my life back, but how I will live with the decisions I have made.
When I wake up in the morning, I have no idea who I’m going to vote for. That’s the way it was after Trump. Now, I don’t know.
The election was a one-vote victory for Trump, even though his base of support is so tiny. This is a country full of independents who are struggling to define their voting identities. Most likely, they don’t know what the issues are, and the candidates’ platforms don’t resonate with them.
The next few months will be about trying to figure out who we are. We don’t vote because we are a self-identified group in the country. We vote because we vote for what is best for our families. We use the system responsibly because we know it’s how our community works. We vote for those who will represent our values. We don’t vote for the candidate because he or she is better than the other guy. We vote because we know they will make things better for us as Americans.
Yes, I did vote for Hillary Clinton, but only because she is a better leader for this country. I am voting for Bernie Sanders because he is doing what the country needs. I am sure the system is rigged, but I have no idea how to fix it.
My point is, we don’t vote because the candidates appeal to us. We vote because we know how our community works, and we know what is best for all of us — regardless of party, background, religion or anything else.
I am a liberal, with a progressive heart who thinks that Donald Trump is a danger to the country. I am not convinced he will be defeated, and I am not convinced he will be better as president than Hillary Clinton.
The country will make its judgment when it votes. I am confident