Celebrate the small stuff: an election recap

Celebrate the small stuff: an election recap

Ky Watnick


This Tuesday, Nov. 6 marked yet another historic election. According to ballotpedia.org, there were 35 Senate seats up for election, 9 of which were being defended by Republicans, while the rest were being defended by Democrats or Independent parties. All 435 House seats were up for reelection, as they are every two years. CNN reported that the Democrats won over the House of Representatives Tuesday night, though the Senate remains in Republican control.

“Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans,” said former Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi. “It is about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration.” It seems that many Democrats agree that the goal, now that they have control of Congress, will be to hold Trump and his administration accountable for their actions and the real words of the Constitution. “He’s going to learn that he’s not above the law,” said Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler in an interview with CNN. I think it’s about time.

For so long, more and more ridiculous plans have been set forth by this administration. Trump has opposed refugees, the Black Lives Matter movement, the LGBTQIA+ community,  immigrants, non-white U.S. citizens, and so many more in his short time in office. I have watched my friends go from fearing that the effects of global warming will take reign in our grandchildren’s time, to worrying that they will take effect within the next decade. It is a terrifying time to live in America.

Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women to be elected into the House of Representatives  won her election, making history. COURTESY OF  BUSINESS INSIDER UK

Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women to be elected into the House of Representatives won her election, making history. COURTESY OF BUSINESS INSIDER UK

While it is unfortunate that Republicans have kept their hands on the Senate, and so many hopeful races — Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke, for example, were fighting for Texas and, despite a hopeful campaign from O’Rourke, were lost to Republican incumbents — there is some light at the end of the tunnel for liberals. With control of the House, there will be actual checks on any bills, laws, or orders attempted by the Trump administration. While it is not impossible for these things to make it through anyway, there will at least be some accountability taking place in Congress. We’ve made progress towards reversing the negative effects of this administration, we just need to remember that the fight is not over. There is much to do if we are going to keep our rights to autonomy, expression, and happiness in this country. 

It’s not just about party lines anymore. Many things that Trump has proposed (such as attempting to repeal the Roe v. Wade decision, which ensures women’s rights to an abortion, according to The Washington Post) could literally create their own death toll. Then we have Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, which were the deciding factors in the 2016 election, that are now blue; Nevada flipped a Replublican Senate seat to Democratic. So don’t lose hope yet. Keep up with your research, protests, and voting. It really does make a difference.