If I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you!
— “G.I. Jane,” 1997
It was on a Saturday, June 1, during a Big Ideas Forum in San Francisco when Elizabeth Warren stated abruptly that the United States had “serious problems” prior to President Trump’s victory because of the people who voted for him.
A lot of people want to talk about this guy in the White House, she said, but we need to talk about an America that was broken long before he arrived there, the America that elected him, that is a broken country, that is a country with serious problems.
Harsh words from Liz to the American voter and much akin to Hillary Clinton’s rants about a basket of deplorable Trump supporters during her 2016 presidential election campaign. But if a broken America voted to elect Mr. Trump, then the same broken America voted not to elect Hillary Clinton.
That political lesson should have been a boon for Liz, but apparently it escaped her on June 1. She seemed less concerned about the will and intent of the American voter than her intent to force her political will regardless of the American voter.
But maybe it’s not too late. Hillary’s exhaustive struggle to find a scapegoat for her loss should harken Liz to an obvious reality. American voters prefer not to be labeled as deplorable for their support or wrong for their voting decision. And if she’s taking reminders, perhaps she should also avoid bragging about closing down coal mines and steel mills!
Contrary to Mrs. Warren’s understanding of our election process, all power comes from the people through duly elected representatives decided by the American voting process. Passing judgment on those who vote their choice may discount her chances of earning their vote. Maybe she should rethink the roll of prudence.
Americans cast their votes for the leader they feel is best able to represent them with the governing principles they support. Mrs. Warren’s condemnation of the voters based on their voting preference may very well cost her the voter support she hopes to gain.
Politicians like Elizabeth Warren who pledge to avenge Hillary Clinton’s loss by doing away with America’s electoral college and replacing it with a popular vote count make the case for radical leadership and opposition to our constitutional laws. She knows that a popular vote would override vital Middle American votes that helped elect President Trump. She knows that a popular vote count would result in states on the East and west coasts controlling future elections without regard for Middle America. She should know that constitutional law prevents that.
The lessons for Mrs. Warren from Hillary’s presidential campaign botch still stand if she can think clearly enough through her clouds of radical bias and social equality. American presidents are elected by American voters through the electoral process and according to voter choice, not political pressure. It would be wise not to tread on those principles.