I’ve been thinking a lot about what happened on election night and how the polls could be so wrong, and it’s pretty obvious that a lot of white voters didn’t want to share with pollsters or polite society that they were voting for trump because he was so sexist, xenophobic and racist. I blame the media because they tried to have it both ways, get all the ratings from covering his candidacy and then bemoan how horrible a person he was out of the other side of their mouth. They made him a legitimate candidate and by doing that, made the things that his candidacy represented “normal” by constantly putting it on TV. But more importantly, I blame us, the people, because honestly we didn’t even deserve Barack Obama and his family representing the United States the past 8 years. Donald Trump is a more accurate reflection of our society, we worship reality stars, artists and treat each other horribly and with no class or dignity. We didn’t care enough or put forth the efforts as a society to try and counter the racist and sexist movement that we saw grow over the past 18 months and now this is what we deserve because Donald trump is the president that most accurately reflects our society.
We believe a meme on Facebook, rather than reading or researching facts and information for ourselves, because that would take too much of our time. Instead of listening to Hilary or any other candidate lay out their plan or go to their website to research their platform or stances on issues, we’d rather watch political pundits who are extremely partisan scream at one another on our television sets, if we watch political coverage at all. I myself have fallen into this rabbit hole of being part of “Lack of attention span USA” and this fallen for the trap of not tending to my intellectual garden. Instead of spending time browsing Politco.com or looking at the news, most of us run to Instagram or thumb through our Snapchat feed.
The worst part of all of this is that most of us will be fine, our lives won’t change much. For example, I’m gainfully employed, college educated with a loving family, but what about those among us who will fall through the “social safety net” once this new administration starts taking away services and benefits? The meek and underprivileged will bear the biggest brunt of this election and it’s up to us as individuals to make sure that we all do our part to make sure that the weakest among us are cared for and not thrown away and forgotten.
One of my biggest pet peeves is that the people on the left have cried wolf for far too long and the chickens have come home to roost. First John McCain was evil and then we called Mitt Romney was the anti-Christ, as we let the real devil slip right past us into the White House. I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life, the things that Donald Trump did and said during this campaign cycle were so far out of the scope of a normal campaign and decent society that if this were a movie I would think that it was too farfetched. But, he did it and won. Hilary is no saint either but I won’t play the false equivalency game.
If I log onto social media or hear one more idiot say, “why are these fools protesting trump after the election”, I am going to SCREAM. It’s good that people are protesting because trump didn’t win the popular vote. However, the republicans did win the house, senate, and the presidency. So if you’re scoring at home that’s a Super Majority. Therefore, Individuals feel that it’s imperative to protest and show the Republicans that they don’t have a “mandate” to just do whatever they want. Sometimes I wish people would think about what their saying but I know that’s too much to ask. For a lot of us the information we need is right under our nose but over our heads, hiding right in plain sight.
Lastly, when you turn on the news and see President Obama upholding the peaceful transfer of power, a luxury what wasn’t afforded to him, by welcoming Donald Trump into the White House, think about the whole “I’m going to give Donald Trump a fair chance” crowd. We as minorities are so forgiving and accepting that we forget the leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell saying that it would become “his personal mission in life to block and obstruct anything that President Obama tried to put forth.” Think about the next time you want to call someone an idiot for protesting the election of Donald Trump. Think about Steve Bannon, a known white supremacist, and leader of the “Alt-right” being appointed as Trump’s chief strategist before you decide to give Trump “a fair shake”. Oh and don’t forget to look in the mirror because this the President Elect that most reflects the society in which we live and breathe.