Electoral Wars

Karl Marx in the infamous (or famous- depending on how you look at it) Communist Manifesto (1948) emphasized the stark differences between classes, one of the first being those who live in the cities and those who live in the country. (https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/ch01.htm)

But never in an American election has this distinction been more important.

Here are the results from Ohio in the recent election, as seen on CNN’s website.

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The differences are clear if you understand the layout of Ohio. Basically, all areas with heavy population, or urban centers, went blue. The rural farm lands and suburbia went red. This brings up an interesting point: states don’t just “go red” anymore. I mean- they do. But the votes of all of those people in the cities might suddenly matter less. Or if you’re a minority living in a city, your vote automatically means less, because that area will go blue anyway. It really only makes a difference if you live in a rural area, where that vote might change the tides.  This great article by the new york times goes a little more indepth: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/upshot/this-election-highlighted-a-growing-rural-urban-split.html?_r=0

But now, there’s a serious chance that might change. Trump has described the electoral college as a “disaster” before, specifically in 2012. http://www.snopes.com/trump-described-the-electoral-college-as-a-disaster/. Among my peers, talking about the system brings eye rolls. “I don’t understand it,” a boy in one of my classes says,”it doesn’t make sense. It just hurts us.” In my every day life, most people seem to share this feeling. Maybe Donald Trump will make an actual attempt at changing the system that got him elected.

 

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