BP#10? Trump wins with populist vote


Donald Trump won the presidential race with a populist voting wave and key states, defying polls on all major news networks. Hillary Clinton had more overall votes. Across social media some are rejoicing and others are complaining or even blaming certain groups for voting for Trump or for a third party candidate. This election has demonstrated the Social Contract, as outlined by the social contract theory.

The social contract is the concept of people giving up ‘freedoms’ to acquire safety. there is a specific facet of such social contracts this election underlines: if the contract is not held up in the eyes of the people, they will likely replace it. In this case, the votes that won Trump the election came largely from rural areas. This shows that people all around the nation were displeased with the way the country was being run. The people have been polled as being largely displeased with the government and the media, and they have voted accordingly.

according to a gallup poll, only 32% of americans trust the media[1]. Having watched election coverage on multiple networks, it isn’t hard to see why this is the case. The pundits referred to themselves and the democratic party as we. What happened to journalistic integrity and journalistic neutrality? At multiple points in the election, media networks had referred to not only Trump as being bad, but also anyone who would vote for him[2]. This will tell people the social contract is not working fo them, and then something will happen in response.

So, if you are distraught at Trump’s election, you shouldn’t be blaming 3rd party voters or other voting groups, blame the media and the way the government has been ran for years. The people are going to speak up at some stage. this is what it looks like.

extra sources cited:

  1. http://www.gallup.com/poll/195542/americans-trust-mass-media-sinks-new-low.aspx
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/07/opinions/lessons-of-trump-voters-peniel-joseph/index.html

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