Recent Voting

I read a lot of people saying Brexit was the precedent for the Trump victory. It seems to me there was an even earlier vote that was just as indicative. I’m speaking, of course, of the overwhelming numbers who chose “Boaty McBoatface” in the online polling to name a British scientific research vessel. It was a landslide of an election.

No one really thought it was a good name. Rather it was a chance to flex a muscle. Tired of not really being able to make a difference, those who voted did the equivalent of defacing public property with graffiti. “Look! I did that!” I think those voting for Trump were doing something very similar.

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