* Failed Pols: Failed Policies, Politicians, & Politics

On 2016-11-09, the United States of America woke, for the second time in the last five presidential elections (the first being the 2000 presidential election), to a president-elect who had won the presidential election but lost the popular vote. Both campaigns failed. Epically. Compare the most popular videos from each campaign:

* We are the Silent Majority #Eleven816 | Donald J. Trump for President (2016-11-07)

* Mirrors | Hillary Clinton (2016-09-23)

Both campaigns failed.

Donald Trump’s campaign focused on emotions, a strategy that appealed to a large group of socially conservative Americans, many of whom had not recovered from the Great Recession. But Trump’s voters, stirred up by his emotional campaign, failed to realize that they have more to lose under Republican fiscal policies.

Hilary Clinton’s campaign focused on logic, a strategy that appealed to a large group of socially liberal Americans, many of whom were minimally impacted by the Great Recession. But Clinton’s voters, focusing on surveys and pollsters, failed to realize that winning a debate is not the same as winning an election.

This website, for the foreseeable future, will focus on what its names suggests: Failed Policies, Politicians, & Politics. From all parties. And, FWIW, I have never belonged to any political party. As it says in the he “political views” section of my Facebook profile: “Independent. I vote for the smartest candidate. It doesn’t always work out.”

Both campaigns failed.

PAST: I want to remember how we got here.
PRESENT: I want to keep track of what’s going on.
FUTURE: I want hope.

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