And I said wasn’t going to be a political blogger…
Been a devastating week since I posted about what I really think of American politics.
I’m not taking the election results well. I, like most people in my world, did not see that coming. Does this mean we should’ve trusted Michael Moore and Ann Coulter?
Seriously, I don’t mean expats who are far from America didn’t see this coming, I mean everyone I know back in America as well as Americans I know in Shenzhen and all over the world. I had no idea I was so out of touch. That’s what really hurts.
I feel betrayed by the news media. Those liberal websites I followed with their pundits and polls — which I guess is no longer a thing in this brave new world– they had no idea what was going on. Huffington Post was worst of all, but all the sites suck. I’m over it. Since then, no more talk shows for me either, no topical comedy, no SNL skits. I want none of it. I deeply regret all that time I spent trying to keep in touch with America and it turned out to be a complete waste.
(No, I won’t getting into right-wing propaganda :post-facts” websites either. I am thinking of only following British news sources from now on. At least international news has a good excuse for being out of touch with middle Americans.)
I didn’t sleep the first day. I talked to my best friend back home for hours, analyzing and analyzing and trying to make sense. He didn’t take it well either. I ranted to my poor girlfriend nonstop about the American system and how everything is so much worse than I realized.
I want to be an optimistic person, believe it or not, I really do. But now that I realize the entire global system is so fragile it’s very difficult to anticipate anything good can come of this. Sure it was flawed. But now this? All the gains of the past have been thrown out the window. Nobody knows for sure what will happen next. Most likely, if you believe that the shit-spouting candidate will do what he said he was going to do, real fascism is coming.
Why did this happen? Because of the FBI? Because Hillary Clinton truly is that bad a candidate? Because of apathetic voters who stayed home, or the nationwide gerry-mandering that is the electoral college?
I mean, how can this be the same country that elected Obama? It’s so hard to make sense of it.
In terms of numbers, what apparently occurred is that the same amount of Republicans voted in 2008 and 2012, but Democrats voted in smaller numbers and hence lost all the swing states. So it’s not a popular vote country. Perhaps Obama is the aberration, an incredible individual who turned the tide on America on his own yet now the pendulum swung way back into the gutter more Americans are used to.
God, why couldn’t it at least have been a normal Republican who won…
There are new rules for politics. I suppose it might be interesting to see what may come next. I realize that Obama even beat Clinton in 2008 because he had such little experience, not despite it even that that was what the right criticized him for. Turns out experience is a liability. Americans like “outsiders” now or something.
And while third parties never did gain any traction, just about anybody can take over the major parties. What a damn tragedy that the DNC cheated Bernie Sanders out of winning the candidacy, how amazing it would have been to see how that would turn out.
I still replay this all in my mind and it’s so hard to find a narrative that makes sense. Just what is the lesson?
He didn’t even really try. He lost all the debates, his campaign staff was a mess, and his rhetoric was all over the place. Only the fascistic elements were consistent. It seemed obvious to me that he just wanted to launch a TV network.
I mean, it was the most negative campaign in modern history. Is it going to be this way now, everyone has to be as ruthless as possible to win?
And he lied so much. Pathologically. Anyone can look it up on Politico, or debunk myths on Snopes, but for some reason most don’t care about the lies. His base doesn’t care about his lies whatsoever.
Apparently, the biggest problem today is that so many people live in different bubbles due to their own Internet medias of choice. The right likes to whine about the “mainstream media” but there’s no such thing. Reality TV had a hell of a lot more influence than the news media. The new culture of anti-intellectualism rejects fact-checking and chooses their own facts. Thanks, Facebook.
And fool that I am I always though digital technology was going to save humanity… Shows what the hell I know.
So currently the narrative is forming that we are supposed to respect the supporters, because they’ve had it bad and it was liberal arrogance that pushed them away. We shouldn’t have called them racists or whatever.
Sure, snobby liberals can have their faults but I find this election a serious overreaction! I mean, seriously?! Boo hoo, people got mad because of political correctness and so you nominate a disgusting vulgar fascist.
Don’t even get me started on how I don’t understand women voters.
The truth is that humans are fundamentally stupid. We are instinctual animals that can sometimes be rational, not rational beings who sometimes give in to emotions. People do not want to learn. People want “strong leaders”, that is they want dictators.
I will certainly concede that the supporters are not all necessarily hardcore white supremacists (though many many indeed are). But the majority did turn a blind eye to some very dark forces indeed. They chose being willfully ignorant and made excuses for bigotry — be it against Muslims or Hispanics or women — and instead of thinking deeply about personal bias they had a temper tantrum because they don’t like being labeled as what they are. Well at best, they are suckers.
I don’t think this new era is going to go well for the white working class. Let’s bet on it.
I guess it will be “different,” whatever that means, whatever it is people want so bad.
Seriously, this is different than George W. Bush’s presidency, which was very bad, or McCain or Romney or even what Ted Cruz could have been. This is ushering in a new paradigm of embracing the worst of humanity.
So here we are with a documented explosion of hate crimes and an unprecedentedly corrupt — from not releasing tax records to refusing a blind trust and giving his kids positions like a third-world tyrant — executive branch with no idea what it’s doing. It begins.
I’m lucky to be in China, now that China is pretty much certain to take over the world.
I may never go back to America. To be fair, I wasn’t planning on going back any time soon.
I do admire the new protest movement. I wish I was there to express my horror at what is happening and fight the good fight, I wish I could.
But what to do? Efficient governance has failed, due to a completely broken democratic system. I can only conclude that anarcho-libertarianism is the appropriate ideology in this age, everyone has got to take care of themselves. Let’s just hope that the environmental damage to the planet Earth doesn’t ruin it forever for every selfish individual out there.
Funny thing about being a hopeless white guy right now, my black friend really did see this coming. Damn I was naive. I assured him the monster candidate couldn’t win, yeah he wasn’t supposed to get this far but his base was fringe, that this was a story of Republicans imploding, and history would progress. He really knew better. He’s planning on leaving the country and I support that decision; it’s not hyperbole, he has the means to do it.
There will probably be a hero of the new left in four years time, that ol’ pendulum will swing back, but by then things will have changed so drastically it may be impossible to repair. I do hold out hope that something can happen in the next two months, like he’ll quit to work on Drumpf TV and we’ll be left with Mike Pence as a weak status quo Republican. It’s not ideal but the world would make a bit more sense.
I wonder if this is one of those “great men” theories of history or if this was inevitable because of historical forces. Is he such an enormous personality that he gets to change history, or would that have happened to someone else regardless at the rate America is going?
It seems around the world authoritarianism is gaining ground. Xi, Putin, Brexit, Neo-Nazi parties in Europe, Duterte, the recent coup in Brazil, Thailand crackdowns, the Likud Party in my homeland (I’m just going to go ahead and introduce myself as Israeli nowadays, not American. Never thought I’d see the day), and so much more everywhere. I wish people were educated enough to know how to properly blame corporatist elites for the ruined economy around the world, I wish they had better ideas about alleviating poverty and violence, but maybe it’s because of Internet bubbles or maybe it’s because of the human tribal instincts but in any case this is happening.
It really feels like we’re in an alternate reality. I for one fully believe in the many worlds multiverse more than ever.
That’s about all I can say. No endless links, no articles to quote with the hopes of changing minds. That never worked. That did no good.
It’s over, and this is the world we live in.
Well okay, I do feel compelled to at least share this video of a speech by author Ta-Nehisi Coates, someone who very well about the true legacy of America and someone who says what needs to be said:
Like you said, the Republican numbers stayed the same. Democrats stayed away though because Clinton’s untrustworthy background speaks for itself. If the party hadn’t sabotaged Sanders I think they would have won the national vote.
Trump is good, don’t worry.
Somehow I’m not convinced
Good post Ray. I think you made a lot of strong points. The hard part is figuring out which of the reasons Trump voters supported him were valid. Also, a lot of women voted for him, and I’m sure a lot of educated and well-off people did too, so we can’t just assume that only poor or ignorant or extremist people did. Either way, I think a lot of his supporters will be terribly disappointed.
I was cynical about a lot of things in this world but right now, I’m almost beyond caring.
I’m not happy that Trump won, but I’m honestly not surprised or overly sad about Hillary Clinton losing. I really didn’t like either of them. Like you I don’t enjoy talking about politics that much online though, partly because people tend to get overly passionate about it and throw insults at each other. There are things being said on both sides that make the most vile of Trump’s comments look like compliments.
As a Canadian I am a bit worried about how Trump’s presidency will affect my country though. In short, Trump intends to lower corporate taxes while Canada’s liberals intend to force a carbon tax on us, making everything from electricity to anything that needs to be delivered more expensive because of rising fuel costs. It’s going to send a lot of jobs right to the states. It’s already happening in my province as it is. That problem won’t be so much Trumps fault as it is the fault of the brainless liberals running Canada right now. I tend to lean towards moderates so I have no inherent problem with liberals, but Trudeau simply isn’t ready. Before becoming our prime minister, he was born rich and was only in politics for a couple years, and his only job before that was a supply teacher. Bad combination.
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