“I mean what does a democracy depend on? A democracy depends on the individual voter making an intelligent and rational choice…”
― Aldous Huxley
Yesterday, Americans spoke democratically by indirect popular vote and the new president will be offically elected by the”electors” of the Electorial College who’ve pledged to vote according to their state’s congressional district’s (Maine and Nebraska) popular vote or (every other state’s) state-wide popular vote (although there is no federal law requiring an elector to honor his/her pledge to do so) on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December (which will be December 19th this year).
Whether the people have voted intelligently and rationally, or madly stupidly, will be a matter of opinion and endless debate to follow only after the inauguration on 12 noon, January 20, 2017 and the ensuing months thereafter.
Almost exactly half happy, almost exactly half scared and/or angry as hell, over the direction the country might go.
Will any or even all of the hopes or fears come to pass?
Time will tell.
Until then, America – to say nothing of the rest of the world – must wait with bated breath.