Young non-voters

I learned this morning that the percentage of young people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 29 who actually vote is just 16 percent — yes, that’s not a typo — just 16 percent of them go to the polls. I have no idea which way the country would swing if they all voted but I think that I do know that we are not a functioning democracy without their vote.

Brett Kavanaugh

The process by which this man was appointed leaves us feeling absolutely aghast. We like to think that if he were truly innocent that he would have mandated full disclosure of all his records and called for a full FBI enquiry. If he truly has nothing to hide, then why not. The fact that he wants his past concealed speaks volumes – against him. A sad day for America.

Realignment?

Just read that a number of white union members voted for Trump. That’s not terribly surprising but it does make me wonder whether we are witnessing a realignment of the parties. Will workers, disenchanted with the effect of globalism on their lives, shift to the Republican Party. Will the elites who have benefited mightily from globalism all move to the Democratic Party? Will we have the French Revolution all over again with Republicans dragging the aristocrats to the gray lady?

Reading the bones

Analyses are coming out slowly. It would appear that Trump won the white vote by a large margin while Clinton won the non-white vote by an equally large margin. The vast majority of evangelicals turned out for Trump, which I find particularly abhorrent. A majority of those with college degrees voted for Clinton; a majority of those without college degrees voted for Trump. The Rust Belt, normally Democratic, went Republican. Apparently, the turnout of Democratic voters was down while that of Republican voters was up. One now learns that Clinton has won the popular vote by some 2 million voters, an astonishing number.