Earlier today, Fearless Leader wrote a post bemoaning the results of the election. I get the frustration, but here’s the thing:
I am an independent voter with no party affiliation. I was also born in Mexico, am an old fart, and am well-acquainted with third-world presidents and the damage that can be done.
We’ll be fine.
No, we are not going to start a nuclear war. Trump can’t make money off that. Besides, as an old fart, I grew up in the US in the 80s which was the height of the Cold War and where people lived with the very real threat of nuclear war. And we had an actor for President. We’re still here.
We’ll be fine.
No, the economy won’t go to shit. Trump needs a healthy economy to make money. Let me tell you what Mexican presidents have done throughout the ages: They pilfer the Treasury by giving themselves and their buddies government contracts (something Putin has worked to perfection). This only works for them if the economy doesn’t go to shit. Granted, there have been some currency devaluations, but that has had more to do with Mexico’s previous dependence on oil as the main source of state revenue more than anything the presidents did. For the most part, things stay status quo and the life of the everyday citizen doesn’t really change.
We’ll be fine.
Instead, we should all be focusing on the positives that have come out of this and the opportunities that we now have:
Political Party Reform
Both parties are to blame for this. The Republicans put up a weaker-than-the-NFC South field against Trump in the primaries. None of them showed any backbone or could capture the general public’s attention.
The Democrats fucked this up royally by anointing Hillary as the nominee without any real competition and by assuming they could just show up and win without any major effort. Did a Democrat even step foot in North Dakota? The smugness and superiority complex coming out of the Democratic camp was incredibly off-putting.
Fixing our Country’s Divisions
Contrary to popular belief, half of our country is not racist and homophobic and sexist. It’s just not. What this election points out more than anything is the vast difference in the life experience of living in urban and suburban areas and living in the country. No one who lives in the city can relate to people living in the country. I’ve driven cross-country. So has theeWeeBabySeamus. He can attest that there are a LOT of dying towns in those red states. Platitudes from established politicians that have focused on cities and suburbs and ignored the countryside are not going to cut it. History shows that tensions between peoples are highest in times of economic distress. Racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. all are ways for the frustration and tension to come out. When you don’t have it so good and the person next to you has it better than you, you are going to hate that person. The isms just make it easier to collect that hate and give a person the illusion of control over one’s fate. If you think I’m full of shit, go to a third-world country and find out how many different groups hate each other within that country.
We have an opportunity and a responsibility to look out for EVERYBODY. Only by helping each other can we move forward.
As one of our commentists mentioned earlier, maybe this is the thing that pushes us to become activists and effect change instead of bitching and complaining about how things are. Unlike the NFL, we actually do have the power to make a difference by doing something. Not to get all sentimental, but I kinda miss this guy:
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