Like all hardware, disk drives have two states - failed and going to fail. Bitrot will also occur with long term storage, whether you notice or not.
A self-healing file system with substantial redundancy capabilities like ZFS is the obvious answer.
However, there are many ways to configure ZFS, and some configurations have better redundancy than others. A misconfigured system would be worse than useless because of the false sense of security. Exactly how many terabytes of data you have also matters for creating the best configuration at lowest cost. Be prepared to spend a little time learning about ZFS before jumping in.
I can remember playing when I was a kid. Was so addictive and fun to play that people would gather around and try to beat each person before them, get the high score. Many a weekly allowance wasted on this title... but the better you got at the game, the cheaper it became to play.
2016 seems like a year where far too many awesome people died, but it's just the baby boomer curve.
2017 will be much worse.
Steve Jobs always wanted Macs to be appliances that the user could not tinker with or modify. Now they have made it for him.
Unfortunately, systems designed that way don't reflect my needs at all.
Somehow you are not noticing that Hilary Clinton has won the popular vote. To be clear, more people in the country wanted Clinton to be president than wanted Trump to be president. Trump is the president-elect, no doubt about that, but he did not get a mandate from the people. He lost the popular vote.
I can't tell what was in the mind of the Founding Fathers when they set up the electoral vote system, but I would be surprised if they intended this to happen. Generally, elections are intended to determine the winner based on the number of votes for each candidate. In 2000 and 2016 that has not happened - both George Bush and Donald Trump won despite receiving fewer votes than their Democratic opponents.
May Euell Gibbons eat your only copy of the manual!