I’ll be one of the first to say that I was disappointed in the presidential election.
Let me be as clear as crystal; I am not opposed to Trump being the one who eventually got the presidential bid. I’m just really disappointed in the road many candidates took that led us down this path. Donald Trump was easily the least qualified individual on stage when it all began, but due to the Democratic National Convention sabotaging their own member in Bernie Sanders, the questionable and concerning nature of how Hillary Clinton conducted herself, and the “too little, too late” push from both the Libertarian and (Progressive) Green Party, voters were metaphorically put behind a gun and asked to choose the lesser of two evils.
Trump won because America wanted a president of such a maverick-esque caliber and truth be told, America got exactly what they deserved. Even in the midst of very questionable actions and political swindling/pandering, he won. Deep down, I don’t really think I’m the only one that feels this way, but I certainly can say that many many other people believe this is what’s best for America right now.
That’s not to say that I’m not going to give Trump a chance to turn things around (…which is what this country has been doing for the past, I don’t know, twenty plus years.). I am cautiously optimistic, mainly because as an American, I really want my home country to flourish and grow into a more united, economically stable country. Everyone else wants this too, I’m sure. Unfortunately, a lot of people believe that their own ideas/ethics/morals are the only way to achieve it.
One HUGE problem I’ve had with American politics is that everyone within their own political affiliation thinks they’re right. There’s no such thing as a “debate”. There’s no reason to bring up new and fresh ideas. Too many people believe America is “fine” and doesn’t need any fine tuning whatsoever, provided that their own personal agenda is carried out in full. Instead of challenging and questioning everything we hear, so many people accept it as gospel and ignorantly “go with the flow”. Every unfavorable/questionable action America takes is justified and asking questions about why things are done or put in place makes you either “uninformed” or “completely naive”. These days, it’s nearly an impossible task to mention politics anywhere without a rage-fueled argument breaking out of someone’s mouth. Too quickly does a political conversation go from foreign policy to name calling, racist bigotry and the like. I don’t really remember a time when two people from two distinctively different political parties had an intelligent conversation, without resorting to one attempting to tear the other person down.
I got it, American history has taught us to win at all costs. America has to have the strongest Army, the most destructive weapons, the biggest, most powerful seat in NATO and all the like. Why should the American people do anything different?
Simple: because it hasn’t always worked.
Can we stop with berating one another and start with educating one another, so that we can be better as individuals? Lord knows I hope we can, but I know it’s asking a lot.
In this Information Age of 2017, everybody already knows every [freaking] thing.
They can Google it and “prove” it.