You did it, America. You did what everyone thought was impossible. You elected Donald Trump to the highest office in the land, a man who has no plans and no proof that he is who he says he is — rich. But, who cares, right? At least he doesn’t know how government works, and that’s what we need right now, right? An amateur doing a professional’s job?
Good for you.
I’m utterly devastated to say the least about the results of the election. I’ve never seen such a blatant war on intellectualism and progress. It boggles my mind to think that what we’ve accomplished in eight years (including a promise to send astronauts to Mars) will be for nothing come January 20th, 2017. I don’t know how America could let itself to be fooled so easily by a guy who is the epitome of self-centeredness and greed. Is that what we are now? Are we just a sham, a cartoon caricature of what it means to be successful? Are we really that foolish? Are we really this selfish?
It was about 2 am when I gave up and went to bed. Before I did, I made a quick stop into my daughters’ room to turn off their TV. I made sure to give them a kiss before heading back out. What am I supposed to tell them? Where do they stand in Trump’s America? He’s said before that he thinks a working woman is a dangerous thing, and my wife and I aren’t raising our girls to be permanent housewives (no offense to housewives). With a leader who thinks it’s okay to degrade women, what are they going to face in their day to day life as they grow up? And with a Republican majority in Congress, what rights will they have to their own bodies when all is said and done?
What about our economy? Numerous economists sent an open letter to Trump last week talking about the disastrous effects his policies could have on our nation, and urging voters to not elect him. For god’s sake, the man lost almost $1 billion dollars in the 1990s for what? We don’t know. Trump won’t say. Nor did he release his tax returns to show how “big league” his success is in terms of money earned. But, from what we can tell, he isn’t so good at business. Much like the gold lettering on his plane, Trump is a fake when it comes to success. His success is his word and how he can us that word to get people to believe him. His success is charisma, and America bought it.
Good for you.
He currently has no plans on getting America back to work. Not a one. Yet, folks in my state seem to think that Trump is going to pull coal from his ass, put it in the ground, and let us dig it back up. That’s called bullshit. What Trump doesn’t understand and what many in my state won’t admit is that coal never was, still isn’t, nor will it ever be a sustainable form of income for us. He can’t bring it back. He can’t bring back manufacturing. He can’t just create private sector jobs. He can invigorate it, yes, though signing business-friendly legislation. But, if there’s nothing there to invigorate in the first place, the effort is for not. But, like I said, he has no plans anyhow, so who cares? Isn’t that why you voted for him?
Let’s not forget about our social progress that’ll be sent back a good 30 years come January. One of Obama’s legacies will be his push for equality within our country, especially on the gay rights front. It was under his leadership that the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across all 50 states. But, some of the protections he offered us were brought about through the use of executive orders and not legislation. That means that with the stroke of a pen, Trump can reverse all of that. The protections from discrimination for gays and lesbians in the workplace and the protection for transgendered students with regards to public restrooms will go away once the pen clicks. Not to mention that all the progress made the Black Lives Matter Movement will be for not. Trump doesn’t think that black lives matter, and you voted for him, America.
Good for you.
I keep listening to Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” on repeat while writing this. I keep hoping that it’ll give me some hope or solace. Something that’ll carry me through this rough patch. Something that will help me heal and understand what those who voted for Trump were thinking when they did. But, no, it doesn’t. “America” was the song Bernie Sanders used in his final, hopeful push for the Democratic nomination, and it reminds me of that every time. It reminds me of what was lost then, what was lost yesterday and what we need to get back immediately. That song is my ideal America, and now it sounds so silly. Hope sounds silly now. Isn’t that something?
In the end, I can only hope that Trump — President-Elect Trump can do right for us all. I hope that what he said during the campaign was just talk and that he doesn’t really plan on banning all Muslims or rolling back the Affordable Care Act (especially the provision covering pre-existing conditions) or sending the gay rights movement back to the Stonewall Riots. Basically I hope that he goes back on everything that got him elected and really does make our country a better place. But, like I said, hope sounds silly now, and I feel sadder for even thinking that might happen.
As for me, I’m rethinking a lot of things. No, I’m not moving to Canada (though a passport book only costs $135 after the service fee and shipping). I’m not giving up. If anything, the fear for the futures of my daughters, my wife, and the gays and lesbians that we know has pushed me to think about my political future. Unlike anytime before, I don’t think I can sit by anymore and let things happen. I feel that I need to do my part to ensure that our nation keeps moving forward. I have a lot of thinking to do on the subject, so I’ll save that conclusion for another day. Until then, I’ll try to keep my head up and my will strong for my family. It helps to think that this is still Obama’s America until January 20th. That helps a lot.
Good for us.