I loathe writing about politics, not because I hate it (I don’t and it was a major) but because stupidity it almost automatically generates. And this is no truer than in this election.
Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States and no one saw it coming. Oh I know one or two did, but most of us didn’t. And beyond the actual win was the way the map looked when it was all said and done. Basically it was these clusters of blue lining the edge of the country with the middle red as a red wedding.
This Presidential election was ugly. It was so ugly its primaries were ugly. And yes I am of the opinion that both the Democratic and Republican primaries were messy affairs that tainted the winners. The GOP’s base revolted from the kingmaker’s after years of the party playing it’s various cards and allowing political ideology to overcome common sense. That and a weak bench of candidates helped Donald Trump reach the convention podium.
And bless their hearts but the DNC doesn’t look better. Knowing Hilary Clinton was the preferred nominee is one thing; trying to play House of Cards while not being Kevin Spacey is another. Also Bernie Sanders did hurt Clinton by both: 1. staying in too long and 2. painting her into a corner as a corporate puppet. It did not help that Clinton is not personable in the way her husband or Barack Obama are. She is a wonk; she is built to be one who get’s it done and not the one to convey they feel your pain.
So we got through the primaries and ended up with the least optimal choices for the next leader of the free world. The Pussy grabber and the Crooked one. We operated under assumptions that there was no way in hell they’d elect him; I mean look at him.
Meanwhile Clinton spent part of the campaign dealing with one side that honestly thought they had been screwed and a coalition busy basking in the warm glow of Obama’s smile and pictures of him and Michelle. It became an election built around fear and anger and the deciding factor was a populist fuck you vote from people we discounted. So now we are here; except now it’s the America we were told we were becoming fearful of an America people thought died.
I’m getting to old to feign fear of the thoughts hidden inside other people. I’m getting to old to demonize people I disagree with. Life is too short. Right now people have gone from hand wringing to public outcry to attempting to move to Canada. We go online and wallow in information to shore up are choice or demonize others or gloat like pigs in a trough.
Maybe this was the right election and maybe Trump is the right man for the job if for nothing else we can stop lying to ourselves about the myth of America. Maybe it is the cynic in me but the glass at some point is half empty, not full. Sometimes we need the uncomfortable and the ugly to run around lest it fester. It doesn’t mean it won’t get better, but it does mean it gets more honest.