What a week! An election like no other, and while I know everyone thought it was a nail biter, I’ve been confident all along in a Biden/Harris win. People asked me throughout why I was so confident? Two main reasons:
- I’ve been tracking the conversation on multiple platforms for more than four years and have noticed the passionate change in tone away from Trump, and it’s been in HUGE numbers, although the election results haven’t demonstrated that as much as I expected. A curious aspect in this election. On Twitter, in particular, I have always followed both sides of the discussion, because I believe it’s important. If you don’t see both sides, you can’t have a full picture of the real story – regardless of what you believe. Knowledge is power, but it’s also how we understand each other
- The way it was counted – starting with in-person votes, then early voting, then mail-in voting, with the military vote counted last. The military vote has been less dominant towards one party throughout, so it’s why I believe we’re seeing some reduction in blue votes towards the end, but the order of counting matters and it’s why so many were so anxious at the beginning, and it’s also why I wasn’t despairing then. A blue surge was always expected, based on voting numbers and where the counts were happening – mainly in blue dominated cities with large populations
It hasn’t been called yet, but we know it’s only a matter of time, and of course, we all expect shenanigans moving forward. However, the outrage towards Trump’s comments from every corner about his large-scale fraud claims, shows that this final attack on democracy will not be tolerated. So for now, we wait and see.
Is this all good news if you were hoping to see the back of Trump? Some insightful articles have come out this week, showing a brutally divided America, and that is a huge concern for the country moving forward. This division is not just in America as we all know, so the division within our societies should be a priority we all focus on solving. We need to come together, more than ever.
One aspect I’ve been studying in global elections for a number of years now, has been demographic differences in votes. The Boomers often get mocked (#OKBoomer), and for my generation, we were constantly told to dread their economic impact as they moved into retirement years. The other, less-discussed, but bigger concern has always been their voting power!!
As a GenX, did you know that I will not have more power in the voting booths than my parents until 2028? I find that so remarkable and it rarely gets any attention. However, here’s some interesting information on the voting demographic split, and this US Election seems the last time Boomers will dominate the elections – in the US at least.
If you read through the demographic break-outs, older voters are more predominantly red, and younger voters blue. According to the NYT, 40% of voters were under 45, and 60% of voters were over 45. This is a big challenge looking ahead, as different age groups have very different priorities. It’s where we all need to be focusing.
How do we empower the younger voters, to ensure they don’t face a 4C world, while helping the older electorate feel safe and cared for? One suggestion I have is, younger people, facing this dire future, get a full vote, and from an age (say 50) the value of your vote decreases. I think that’s fair? It’s their future, they should have the biggest say!
I turned 50 this year and would be happy to have my vote count less than my children, in case you’re wondering.
Anyway, lots expected in the news in the coming weeks, but here’s what I’ve been reading and watching during this crazy week. Looking forward to switching off CNN!!
Regardless of what’s going on, don’t forget to dig deep and donate to the amazing charities in your country or region to help those struggling the most right now. If you have any left, please donate to the UN Refugee Program and World Food Program. Let’s do good for each other.
I wasn’t keeping an eye out for friend’s content this week (you know, a bit distracted) but before it all kicked off, I did publish this: The story of this time will be about creativity and innovation + resilience. Have a read if you’re feeling a bit stuck right now.
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Biden Can’t Be F.D.R. He Could Still Be L.B.J. Tks David Lim
The 277 Policies for Which Biden Need Not Ask Permission Tks Phillipa Edwards
New Zealand Greens accept Ardern’s offer of ‘cooperation agreement’ tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and Technology
NOCOOKIES tks Graham Harvey
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Passion, humour, history
Stephen Rips Up The Monologue And Starts Over After Trump’s Heartbreaking Thursday Night Lie Fest tks Phillipa Edwards
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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