(Because what the internet sorely needs is another political post…)
Hopefully I’m winding down from making political posts for a while; I’m seeing a lot of posts the past couple of days lamenting all the politics on social media like Facebook and Itend to agree…but man, is it hard.
I said this before, but I’ll repeat: we are all pretty much committed to our “team” by this point, and all arguments and counterpoints are inevitably going to be made to back “our guy”. It’s outrageous when “their guy” does it, but when “our guy” does it…well, that’s different.
I hear a lot about giving Trump “a chance”. I’m not really sure what that means. That we should just “shut up” and “get over it” and fall in line? I don’t think so. No matter the president, that person should be held accountable and be able to take criticism (and don’t bother countering with some false equivalence about how it’s the media needs to be held accountable because I’ll just delete it; I disagree that the media lies about Trump and I’m not in the mood to waste time arguing it).
What I do think is that we should treat him with basic fairness. If his policies, such as they are, do turn out to be beneficial, I’ll acknowledge it. But that’s a big “if”. Yesterday’s press conference whining about the attendance figures at his inauguration being wrongly reported and countering with “alternative facts” isn’t the best start. (I say they are just trying to muck up the waters on what the “truth” is to the point where we won’t know what to believe, and therefore allow them to get away with more serious bullshit later.)
So that’s all you’re going to get from me: I’ll be fair and I’ll be as objective as I can be. Your mileage will vary as to whether I live up to that.
My biggest fears about the forthcoming Trump presidency, Part One: What impact will his actions have on our First Amendment rights. I worry very much about the press, which he’s so vilified and which many of his followers have become hostile towards, and how they’ll be able to cover his administration effectively. Will journalists be intimidated, threatened, and brow-beaten into treating him with kid gloves? And how soon will his followers start calling his critics like me “traitors” who should be jailed for “treason”? I’m calling it right now. It’s disturbing that his followers who are oh-so-dedicated to the Second Amendment might have absolutely no problem trampling on the First.
And what does it even mean when people say we all need to “come together” now? Does that mean we can’t question the new President? Does that mean that those of us who didn’t vote for him—and who outnumbered those who did nationwide, never forget—need to shut up and go to the back of the room? Just seems like a hollow thing to say. I’m willing to give Trump a chance, but I’m not willing to fall in line if I think what he’s doing is detrimental.
I was told recently by someone that if they see “Continue Reading” at the end of one of my Facebook posts that they ignore it and scroll on…so this week I’ve started posting paragraph sized snippets in order to retain readers on FB…so what you see below are those chunks in order.
I unfollowed the majority of Trump supporters a long time ago, so I’ve been blissfully sheltered from what I imagine to be all the gloating right now. But you’re all entitled to be happy today, because you earned it. I don’t believe you’re stupid, or racist, or sexist for supporting him, the way most liberals are lamenting right now. I’ve always accepted the majority of Trump supporters’ sincerity in their beliefs about this campaign. I do want to say, however, that there is no “making America great again”, because America has ALWAYS been great.
And I never unfollowed Trump supporters out of spite or simply because I disagreed with them; it was just that so many have been obnoxious and would post the same old shit and stupid memes over and over that it got predictable and old. I’m tempted to name drop some of the Trump supporters who I have kept on my feed, because I always felt they were thoughtful and sincere, and have tended to have a more insightful commentary that made me think.
I made no secret of my opposition to Donald Trump. I think he has enabled and emboldened a new generation of racists and white nationalists in a way that’s very disturbing to me, and I maintain they permeate the Right in a larger proportion than those sincere Trump supporters I mentioned previously should be comfortable with. And don’t pull Black Lives Matter on me as your trump card (no pun intended); I’m not talking about the Left here; I’m talking about the Right.
And before you go crazy at my last post, I am NOT calling all Trump supporters racists; I’m saying that white nationalists make up a larger portion of his support than you should be cool with.
Having said all that, I was heartened by the graciousness of Trump’s victory speech last night. It’s true that’s considered the norm at the end of a presidential campaign, but he could easily have gloated and played to his base, but instead chose the high road. I think perhaps now he’s beginning to realize what he’s gotten himself into.
And remember, the President is not a king (despite the Right’s accusations of Obama allegedly abusing his power with all of his Executive Orders), and Trump by himself cannot turn back the clock on minority, LGBT, and women’s rights; not and expect to be re-elected in four years. It’s true with a Republican House and Senate for at least the first two years he’ll be able to affect things like Obamacare and the Supreme Court, but Justices have been known to buck expectations. This Republic was designed with checks and balances that still hold, even today.
I didn’t realize that the vote totals still aren’t completed, and that there is a solid chance that Hillary may actually still win the national popular vote; she leads by over 200,000 votes right now with 92% of the total vote tallied; the bulk of her votes are probably coming from California. Liberals, don’t turn this into a rallying cry for Trump’s supposed illegitimacy; our Electoral system is designed with the States being the ultimate electors of the President; our country’s very name demonstrates that, the United STATES of America.
And conservatives, temper your elation with the knowledge that your guy might not win the popular vote and understand how that shows just how divided this country is, and that while you will have full control of the government for the next two years, if you overreach you could easily lose it starting with the 2018 mid-term elections.
My main hope going forward, is that Trump ends up governing closer to the middle than he’s let on during the campaign; he was admittedly a Democrat for much of his life before this. I fully accept him as my next President, and I hope my previous worries that he’d be a disaster get proved wrong.